List of Chicago White Sox minor league affiliates

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The Chicago White Sox farm system consists of seven Minor League Baseball affiliates across the United States and in the Dominican Republic.[1] Five teams are independently owned, while two—the Arizona League White Sox and Dominican Summer League White Sox—are owned by the major league club.

The White Sox have been affiliated with the Double-A Birmingham Barons of the Southern League since 1986, making it the longest-running active affiliation in the organization among teams not owned by the White Sox.[2] It is also the longest affiliation in the team's history. Their newest affiliate is the Great Falls Voyagers of the Pioneer League which became the White Sox' Rookie Advanced club in 2003.[2]

Geographically, Chicago's closest domestic affiliate is the Winston-Salem Dash of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League which is approximately 560 miles (900 km) away. Chicago's furthest domestic affiliate is the Arizona League White Sox of the Rookie League Arizona League some 1,459 miles (2,348 km) away.

1990–present[edit]

The current structure of Minor League Baseball has been in effect since the 1990 season when the Class A level was subdivided for a second time with the creation of Class A-Advanced. The Rookie level consists of domestic and foreign circuits.[3]

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A-Advanced Class A Class A Short Season Rookie League Foreign Rookie
2020 Charlotte Knights[4] Winston-Salem Dash[5]
2019 Charlotte Knights Winston-Salem Dash
2018 Charlotte Knights Birmingham Barons[6] Winston-Salem Dash Kannapolis Intimidators[4] Great Falls Voyagers[4]
AZL White Sox
DSL White Sox
2017 Charlotte Knights Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Dash Kannapolis Intimidators Great Falls Voyagers
AZL White Sox
DSL White Sox
2016 Charlotte Knights Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Dash Kannapolis Intimidators Great Falls Voyagers
AZL White Sox
DSL White Sox
2015 Charlotte Knights Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Dash Kannapolis Intimidators Great Falls Voyagers
AZL White Sox
DSL White Sox
2014 Charlotte Knights Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Dash Kannapolis Intimidators Great Falls Voyagers
AZL White Sox
DSL White Sox
2013 Charlotte Knights Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Dash Kannapolis Intimidators Great Falls Voyagers
Bristol White Sox
DSL White Sox
2012 Charlotte Knights Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Dash Kannapolis Intimidators Great Falls Voyagers
Bristol White Sox
DSL White Sox
2011 Charlotte Knights Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Dash Kannapolis Intimidators Great Falls Voyagers
Bristol White Sox
DSL White Sox
2010 Charlotte Knights Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Dash Kannapolis Intimidators Great Falls Voyagers
Bristol White Sox
DSL White Sox
2009 Charlotte Knights Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Dash[7] Kannapolis Intimidators Great Falls Voyagers
Bristol White Sox
DSL White Sox
2008 Charlotte Knights Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Warthogs Kannapolis Intimidators Great Falls Voyagers
Bristol White Sox
DSL White Sox 1
DSL White Sox 2
2007 Charlotte Knights Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Warthogs Kannapolis Intimidators Great Falls Voyagers
Bristol White Sox
DSL White Sox 1
DSL White Sox 2
2006 Charlotte Knights Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Warthogs Kannapolis Intimidators Great Falls Voyagers
Bristol White Sox
DSL White Sox
2005 Charlotte Knights Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Warthogs Kannapolis Intimidators Great Falls Voyagers
Bristol White Sox
DSL White Sox
2004 Charlotte Knights Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Warthogs Kannapolis Intimidators Great Falls Voyagers
Bristol White Sox
DSL White Sox
2003 Charlotte Knights Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Warthogs Kannapolis Intimidators Great Falls Voyagers[4]
Bristol White Sox
DSL White Sox
2002 Charlotte Knights Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Warthogs Kannapolis Intimidators Bristol White Sox
AZL White Sox
DSL White Sox
2001 Charlotte Knights Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Warthogs Kannapolis Intimidators[4] Bristol White Sox
AZL White Sox
DSL White Sox
2000 Charlotte Knights Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Warthogs Burlington Bees[8] Bristol White Sox
AZL White Sox
DSL White Sox
1999 Charlotte Knights[4] Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Warthogs Burlington Bees[8] Bristol White Sox
AZL White Sox
DSL White Sox
1998 Calgary Cannons[9] Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Warthogs Hickory Crawdads[10] Bristol White Sox
AZL White Sox
1997 Nashville Sounds[11] Birmingham Barons Winston-Salem Warthogs[12] Hickory Crawdads Bristol White Sox
GCL White Sox
1996 Nashville Sounds Birmingham Barons Prince William Cannons South Bend Silver Hawks[13]
Hickory Crawdads
Bristol White Sox
GCL White Sox
1995 Nashville Sounds Birmingham Barons Prince William Cannons South Bend Silver Hawks
Hickory Crawdads
Bristol White Sox
GCL White Sox
1994 Nashville Sounds Birmingham Barons Prince William Cannons[14] South Bend Silver Hawks[15]
Hickory Crawdads
GCL White Sox
1993 Nashville Sounds[11] Birmingham Barons Sarasota White Sox South Bend White Sox
Hickory Crawdads[10]
GCL White Sox
1992 Vancouver Canadians[16] Birmingham Barons Sarasota White Sox South Bend White Sox Utica Blue Sox GCL White Sox
1991 Vancouver Canadians Birmingham Barons Sarasota White Sox South Bend White Sox Utica Blue Sox GCL White Sox
1990 Vancouver Canadians Birmingham Barons Sarasota White Sox South Bend White Sox Utica Blue Sox GCL White Sox

1963–1989[edit]

The foundation of the minors' current structure was the result of a reorganization initiated by Major League Baseball (MLB) before the 1963 season. The reduction from six classes to four (Triple-A, Double-AA, Class A, and Rookie) was a response to the general decline of the minors throughout the 1950s and early-1960s when leagues and teams folded due to shrinking attendance caused by baseball fans' preference for staying at home to watch MLB games on television. The only change made within the next 27 years was Class A being subdivided for the first time to form Class A Short Season in 1966.[3]

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A Class A Short Season Rookie League
1989 Vancouver Canadians Birmingham Barons Sarasota White Sox,[17] South Bend White Sox Utica Blue Sox GCL White Sox
1988 Vancouver Canadians[16] Birmingham Barons Tampa White Sox, South Bend White Sox[15] Utica Blue Sox GCL White Sox
1987 Hawaii Islanders[18] Birmingham Barons Peninsula White Sox, Daytona Beach Admirals GCL White Sox
1986 Buffalo Bisons[19] Birmingham Barons[6] Peninsula White Sox, Appleton Foxes[20] GCL White Sox
1985 Buffalo Bisons[19] Glens Falls White Sox[21] Appleton Foxes Niagara Falls Sox GCL White Sox
1984 Denver Bears Glens Falls White Sox Appleton Foxes Niagara Falls Sox GCL White Sox
1983 Denver Bears Glens Falls White Sox Appleton Foxes Niagara Falls Sox GCL White Sox
1982 Edmonton Trappers Glens Falls White Sox Appleton Foxes Niagara Falls Sox GCL White Sox
1981 Edmonton Trappers Glens Falls White Sox Appleton Foxes GCL White Sox
1980 Iowa Oaks[22] Glens Falls White Sox[21] Appleton Foxes GCL White Sox
1979[23] Iowa Oaks Knoxville Sox Appleton Foxes GCL White Sox
1978 Iowa Oaks Knoxville Sox Appleton Foxes
1977 Iowa Oaks Knoxville Sox Appleton Foxes GCL White Sox
1976 Iowa Oaks[22] Knoxville Sox Appleton Foxes GCL White Sox
1975 Denver Bears[24] Knoxville Sox Appleton Foxes GCL White Sox
1974[25] Iowa Oaks[22] Knoxville Sox Appleton Foxes GCL White Sox
1973 Iowa Oaks[22] Knoxville Sox Appleton Foxes GCL White Sox
1972 Tucson Toros Knoxville Sox Appleton Foxes GCL White Sox
1971 Tucson Toros Asheville Tourists Appleton Foxes GCL White Sox
1970 Tucson Toros Mobile White Sox Appleton Foxes Duluth–Superior Dukes GCL White Sox
1969 Tucson Toros[26] Columbus White Sox Lynchburg White Sox, Appleton Foxes Duluth–Superior Dukes GCL White Sox
1968 Hawaii Islanders[18] Evansville White Sox Lynchburg White Sox, Appleton Foxes Duluth–Superior Dukes GCL White Sox
1967 Indianapolis Indians Evansville White Sox Lynchburg White Sox, Appleton Foxes[20] GCL White Sox
1966 Indianapolis Indians Evansville White Sox Lynchburg White Sox, Deerfield Beach/Winter Haven Sun Sox
Fox Cities Foxes[20]
GCL White Sox
1965[27] Indianapolis Indians Lynchburg White Sox Tidewater Tides, Sarasota Sun Sox, Clinton C-Sox
1964 Indianapolis Indians Lynchburg White Sox Tidewater Tides, Sarasota Sun Sox, Clinton C-Sox
1963[28] Indianapolis Indians Lynchburg White Sox Sarasota Sun Sox, Clinton C-Sox, Eugene Emeralds[16]

1932–1962[edit]

The minors operated with six classes (Triple-A, Double-A, and Classes A, B, C, and D) from 1946 to 1962. The Pacific Coast League (PCL) was reclassified from Triple-A to Open in 1952 due to the possibility of becoming a third major league. This arrangement ended following the 1957 season when the relocation of the National League's Dodgers and Giants to the West Coast killed any chance of the PCL being promoted. The 1963 reorganization resulted in the Eastern and South Atlantic Leagues being elevated from Class A to Double-A, five of seven Class D circuits plus the ones in B and C upgraded to A, and the Appalachian League reclassified from D to Rookie.[3]

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A Class B Class C Class D
1962 Indianapolis Indians Savannah/Lynchburg White Sox[29] Visalia White Sox Sarasota Sun Sox
Clinton C-Sox
1961 San Diego Padres Charleston White Sox Lincoln Chiefs Idaho Falls Russets Daytona Beach Islanders
Clinton C-Sox
1960 San Diego Padres Charleston White Sox Lincoln Chiefs Idaho Falls Russets Clinton C-Sox
Pensacola Angels
1959 Indianapolis Indians Charleston White Sox Lincoln Chiefs Duluth-Superior White Sox Clinton C-Sox
Holdrege White Sox
1958 Indianapolis Indians Colorado Springs Sky Sox Davenport DavSox Duluth-Superior White Sox Dubuque Packers
Holdrege White Sox
1957[30] Indianapolis Indians Colorado Springs Sky Sox Davenport DavSox Duluth-Superior White Sox Dubuque Packers
Holdrege White Sox
1956 Memphis Chickasaws Colorado Springs Sky Sox Waterloo White Hawks Duluth-Superior White Sox Dubuque Packers
Holdrege White Sox
1955 Memphis Chickasaws Colorado Springs Sky Sox Waterloo White Hawks Superior Blues Dubuque Packers
Madisonville Miners
1954 Charleston Senators Memphis Chickasaws Colorado Springs Sky Sox Waterloo White Hawks Topeka Owls Dubuque Packers
Madisonville Miners
1953 Charleston Senators Memphis Chickasaws Colorado Springs Sky Sox Waterloo White Hawks Topeka Owls Madisonville Miners
Wisconsin Rapids White Sox
Danville Dans
1952 Charleston Senators
Toledo Mud Hens
Memphis Chickasaws Colorado Springs Sky Sox Waterloo White Hawks
Gastonia Rockets
Superior Blues Madisonville Miners
Wisconsin Rapids White Sox
1951 Sacramento Solons Memphis Chickasaws Colorado Springs Sky Sox Waterloo White Hawks Superior Blues
Hot Springs Bathers
Madisonville Miners
Wisconsin Rapids White Sox
1950 Sacramento Solons Memphis Chickasaws Colorado Springs Sky Sox Waterloo White Hawks Superior Blues
Hot Springs Bathers
Madisonville Miners
Wisconsin Rapids White Sox
1949 Memphis Chickasaws Muskegon Clippers
Charleston Rebels
Waterloo White Hawks
Fall River Indians
Superior Blues
Hot Springs Bathers
Oil City Refiners
Stockton Ports
Madisonville Miners
Wisconsin Rapids White Sox
Seminole Oilers
1948[31] Hollywood Stars Memphis Chickasaws Muskegon Clippers Waterloo White Hawks
Fall River Indians
Superior Blues
Hot Springs Bathers
Oil City Refiners
Madisonville Miners
Wisconsin Rapids White Sox
Lima Terriers
Seminole Oilers
Kingsport Cherokees
1947 Hollywood Stars Waterloo White Hawks
Fall River Indians
Superior Blues
Oil City Refiners
Madisonville Miners
Wisconsin Rapids White Sox
Lima Terriers
1946 Milwaukee Brewers Shreveport Sports
Little Rock Travelers
Greenville Spinners Waterloo White Hawks Superior Blues
Texarkana Bears
Madisonville Miners
Wisconsin Rapids White Sox
Lima Terriers
New River Rebels
Alexandria Aces
Brewton Millers
Cordele White Sox
1945 Little Rock Travelers
1944 Little Rock Travelers
1942 Shreveport Sports Waterloo Hawks Grand Forks Chiefs
Superior Blues
Wisconsin Rapids White Sox
Lockport White Sox
1941 Waterloo Hawks Grand Forks Chiefs
Saginaw White Sox
Wisconsin Rapids White Sox
Lubbock Hubbers
Jonesboro White Sox
1940 Waterloo Hawks Grand Forks Chiefs Wisconsin Rapids White Sox
Lubbock Hubbers
Jonesboro White Sox
1939 St. Paul Saints Shreveport Sports Anniston Rams Longview Cannibals Lubbock Hubbers
Jonesboro White Sox
Greenville Lions
1938 St. Paul Saints Dallas Steers Anniston Rams Longview Cannibals Lubbock Hubbers
Rayne Rice Birds
DeLand Reds
1937 St. Paul Saints Dallas Steers Longview Cannibals
Dayton Ducks
Vicksburg Hill Billies
Marshall Tigers
Rayne Rice Birds
1936 Kansas City Blues Dallas Steers Longview Cannibals Rayne Rice Birds
Moultrie Packers
Crookston Pirates
1935 St. Paul Saints Dallas Steers Longview Cannibals Moultrie Steers
1934 Longview Cannibals
1932 Waterloo Hawks

References[edit]

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