List of Detroit Tigers minor league affiliates

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The Detroit Tigers farm system consists of nine Minor League Baseball affiliates across the United States and in the Dominican Republic.[1] Four teams are independently owned, while five—the Lakeland Flying Tigers, two Gulf Coast League Tigers squads, and two Dominican Summer League Tigers squads—are owned by the major league club.

The Tigers have been affiliated with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens of the International League since 1987, making it the longest-running active affiliation in the organization among teams not owned by the Tigers.[2] It is also the longest affiliation in the team's history. Their newest affiliate is the Connecticut Tigers of the New York–Penn League which became the Tigers' Class A Short Season club in 2010.[2]

Geographically, Detroit's closest domestic affiliate is the Toledo Mud Hens of the Triple-A International League which is approximately 54 miles (87 km) away. Detroit's furthest domestic affiliates are the Lakeland Flying Tigers of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and the Gulf Coast League Tigers East and West teams of the Rookie League Gulf Coast League which share a facility some 988 miles (1,590 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 Toledo Mud Hens[4] Erie Seawolves[5] Lakeland Flying Tigers[6] West Michigan Whitecaps[7] Connecticut Tigers[8] GCL Tigers East
GCL Tigers West
DSL Tigers 1
DSL Tigers 2
2019 Toledo Mud Hens Erie Seawolves Lakeland Flying Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Connecticut Tigers GCL Tigers East
GCL Tigers West
DSL Tigers 1
DSL Tigers 2
2018 Toledo Mud Hens Erie Seawolves Lakeland Flying Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Connecticut Tigers GCL Tigers East
GCL Tigers West
DSL Tigers 1
DSL Tigers 2
2017 Toledo Mud Hens Erie SeaWolves Lakeland Flying Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Connecticut Tigers GCL Tigers East
GCL Tigers West
DSL Tigers
2016 Toledo Mud Hens Erie SeaWolves Lakeland Flying Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Connecticut Tigers GCL Tigers East
GCL Tigers West
DSL Tigers
2015 Toledo Mud Hens Erie SeaWolves Lakeland Flying Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Connecticut Tigers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers, VSL Tigers
2014 Toledo Mud Hens Erie SeaWolves Lakeland Flying Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Connecticut Tigers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers, VSL Tigers
2013 Toledo Mud Hens Erie SeaWolves Lakeland Flying Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Connecticut Tigers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers, VSL Tigers
2012 Toledo Mud Hens Erie SeaWolves Lakeland Flying Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Connecticut Tigers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers, VSL Tigers
2011 Toledo Mud Hens Erie SeaWolves Lakeland Flying Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Connecticut Tigers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers, VSL Tigers
2010 Toledo Mud Hens Erie SeaWolves Lakeland Flying Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Connecticut Tigers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers, VSL Tigers
2009 Toledo Mud Hens Erie SeaWolves Lakeland Flying Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Oneonta Tigers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers, VSL Tigers
2008 Toledo Mud Hens Erie SeaWolves Lakeland Flying Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Oneonta Tigers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers, VSL Tigers
2007 Toledo Mud Hens Erie SeaWolves Lakeland Flying Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Oneonta Tigers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers, VSL Tigers
2006 Toledo Mud Hens Erie SeaWolves Lakeland Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Oneonta Tigers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers
2005 Toledo Mud Hens Erie SeaWolves Lakeland Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Oneonta Tigers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers
2004 Toledo Mud Hens Erie SeaWolves Lakeland Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Oneonta Tigers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers
2003 Toledo Mud Hens Erie SeaWolves Lakeland Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Oneonta Tigers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers
2002 Toledo Mud Hens Erie SeaWolves Lakeland Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Oneonta Tigers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers
2001 Toledo Mud Hens Erie SeaWolves Lakeland Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Oneonta Tigers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers
2000 Toledo Mud Hens Jacksonville Suns Lakeland Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Oneonta Tigers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers
1999 Toledo Mud Hens Jacksonville Suns Lakeland Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Oneonta Tigers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers
1998 Toledo Mud Hens Jacksonville Suns Lakeland Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Jamestown Jammers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers
1997 Toledo Mud Hens Jacksonville Suns Lakeland Tigers West Michigan Whitecaps Jamestown Jammers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers
1996 Toledo Mud Hens Jacksonville Suns Lakeland Tigers, Visalia Oaks Fayetteville Generals Jamestown Jammers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers
1995 Toledo Mud Hens Jacksonville Suns Lakeland Tigers Fayetteville Generals Jamestown Jammers GCL Tigers DSL Tigers
1994 Toledo Mud Hens Trenton Thunder Lakeland Tigers Fayetteville Generals Jamestown Jammers Bristol Tigers DSL Tigers
1993 Toledo Mud Hens London Tigers Lakeland Tigers Fayetteville Generals Niagara Falls Rapids Bristol Tigers
1992 Toledo Mud Hens London Tigers Lakeland Tigers Fayetteville Generals Niagara Falls Rapids Bristol Tigers
1991 Toledo Mud Hens London Tigers Lakeland Tigers Fayetteville Generals Niagara Falls Rapids Bristol Tigers
1990 Toledo Mud Hens London Tigers Lakeland Tigers Fayetteville Generals Niagara Falls Rapids Bristol Tigers

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 Toledo Mud Hens London Tigers Lakeland Tigers, Fayetteville Generals Niagara Falls Rapids Bristol Tigers
1988 Toledo Mud Hens Glens Falls Tigers Lakeland Tigers, Fayetteville Generals Bristol Tigers
1987 Toledo Mud Hens Glens Falls Tigers Lakeland Tigers, Fayetteville Generals Bristol Tigers
1986 Nashville Sounds Glens Falls Tigers Lakeland Tigers, Gastonia Tigers Bristol Tigers
1985 Nashville Sounds Birmingham Barons Lakeland Tigers Bristol Tigers
1984 Evansville Triplets Birmingham Barons Lakeland Tigers Bristol Tigers
1983 Evansville Triplets Birmingham Barons Lakeland Tigers Bristol Tigers
1982 Evansville Triplets Birmingham Barons Lakeland Tigers, Macon Peaches Bristol Tigers
1981 Evansville Triplets Birmingham Barons Lakeland Tigers, Macon Peaches Bristol Tigers
1980 Evansville Triplets Montgomery Rebels Lakeland Tigers Bristol Tigers
1979[9] Evansville Triplets Montgomery Rebels Lakeland Tigers Bristol Tigers
1978 Evansville Triplets Montgomery Rebels Lakeland Tigers Bristol Tigers
1977 Evansville Triplets Montgomery Rebels Lakeland Tigers Bristol Tigers
1976 Evansville Triplets Montgomery Rebels Lakeland Tigers Bristol Tigers
1975 Evansville Triplets Montgomery Rebels Lakeland Tigers, Clinton Pilots Bristol Tigers
1974[10] Evansville Triplets Montgomery Rebels Lakeland Tigers, Clinton Pilots Bristol Tigers
1973 Toledo Mud Hens Montgomery Rebels Lakeland Tigers, Clinton Pilots, Anderson Tigers Bristol Tigers
1972 Toledo Mud Hens Montgomery Rebels Lakeland Tigers, Rocky Mount Leafs, Clinton Pilots Bristol Tigers
1971 Toledo Mud Hens Montgomery Rebels Lakeland Tigers, Rocky Mount Leafs, Clinton Pilots Batavia Trojans Bristol Tigers
1970 Toledo Mud Hens Montgomery Rebels Lakeland Tigers, Rocky Mount Leafs Batavia Trojans Bristol Tigers
1969 Toledo Mud Hens Montgomery Rebels Lakeland Tigers, Rocky Mount Leafs Batavia Trojans Bristol Tigers
1968 Toledo Mud Hens Montgomery Rebels Lakeland Tigers, Rocky Mount Leafs Batavia Trojans GCL Tigers
1967 Toledo Mud Hens Montgomery Rebels Lakeland Tigers, Rocky Mount Leafs, Statesville Tigers Erie Tigers
1966 Syracuse Chiefs Montgomery Rebels Daytona Beach Islanders, Rocky Mount Leafs, Statesville Tigers
1965[11] Syracuse Chiefs Montgomery Rebels Daytona Beach Islanders, Rocky Mount Leafs, Jamestown Tigers
1964 Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Smokies Lakeland Tigers, Jamestown Tigers, Duluth–Superior Dukes
1963[12] Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Smokies Lakeland Tigers, Jamestown Tigers, Duluth–Superior Dukes, Thomasville Tigers

1919–1962[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 Denver Bears Knoxville Smokies Duluth–Superior Dukes Jamestown Tigers
Montgomery Rebels
Thomasville Tigers
1961 Denver Bears Birmingham Barons Knoxville Smokies Durham Bulls Duluth–Superior Dukes Decatur Commodores
Jamestown Tigers
Montgomery Rebels
1960 Denver Bears Birmingham Barons
Victoria Rosebuds
Knoxville Smokies Durham Bulls Duluth–Superior Dukes Decatur Commodores
Montgomery Rebels
1959 Charleston Senators Birmingham Barons Knoxville Smokies Durham Bulls Decatur Commodores
Erie Sailors
Montgomery Rebels
1958 Charleston Senators Birmingham Barons Lancaster Red Roses
Augusta Tigers
Durham Bulls Idaho Falls Russets Decatur Commodores
Erie Sailors
Montgomery Rebels
Valdosta Tigers
1957[13] Charleston Senators Birmingham Barons Augusta Tigers Durham Bulls Idaho Falls Russets Orlando Flyers
Erie Sailors
Montgomery Rebels
Valdosta Tigers
1956 Charleston Senators Syracuse Chiefs
Augusta Tigers
Durham Bulls
Terre Haute Tigers
Idaho Falls Russets Palatka Tigers
Jamestown Falcons
Valdosta Tigers
Panama City Fliers
Hazlehurst-Baxley Tigers
1955 Buffalo Bisons Little Rock Travelers Augusta Tigers Durham Bulls
Terre Haute Tigers
Idaho Falls Russets
Greenville Bucks
Jamestown Falcons
Valdosta Tigers
Panama City Fliers
1954 Buffalo Bisons Little Rock Travelers Wilkes-Barre Barons Durham Bulls Idaho Falls Russets
Greenville Bucks
Jamestown Falcons
Valdosta Tigers
1953 Buffalo Bisons Little Rock Travelers Montgomery Grays Durham Bulls Bakersfield Indians
Jackson Senators
Jamestown Falcons
Wausau Timberjacks
1952 Buffalo Bisons Little Rock Travelers Williamsport Tigers Durham Bulls
Davenport Tigers
Jamestown Falcons
Wausau Timberjacks
Kinston Eagles
1951 Toledo Mud Hens Little Rock Travelers Williamsport Tigers Durham Bulls
Davenport Tigers
Jamestown Falcons
Wausau Timberjacks
Richmond Tigers
1950 Toledo Mud Hens Little Rock Travelers Williamsport Grays
Flint Arrows
Durham Bulls Butler Tigers Jamestown Falcons
Thomasville Tigers
Richmond Tigers
1949 Toledo Mud Hens
Buffalo Bisons
Little Rock Travelers Williamsport Tigers
Flint Arrows
Durham Bulls
Lynn Tigers
Rome Colonels
Butler Tigers
Jamestown Falcons
Thomasville Tigers
Troy Tigers
1948[14] Buffalo Bisons
Seattle Rainiers
Little Rock Travelers Williamsport Tigers
Flint Arrows
Hagerstown Owls Durham Bulls
Rome Colonels
Jamestown Falcons
Thomasville Tigers
Troy Tigers
Clinton Blues
1947 Buffalo Bisons Dallas Rebels Williamsport Tigers Montgomery Rebels
Hagerstown Owls
Rome Colonels
Lubbock Hubbers
Jamestown Falcons
Thomasville Tigers
Troy Trojans
Nazareth Barons
1946 Buffalo Bisons Dallas Rebels Williamsport Grays Rome Colonels
Lubbock Hubbers
Muskogee Reds
Jamestown Falcons
1945 Buffalo Bisons Jamestown Falcons
1944 Buffalo Bisons Hagerstown Owls Jamestown Falcons
1943 Buffalo Bisons Hagerstown Owls
1942 Buffalo Bisons Beaumont Exporters
Elmira Pioneers
Hagerstown Owls
Winston-Salem Twins
Augusta Tigers
Pittsfield Electrics Jamestown Falcons
Fulton Tigers
1941 Buffalo Bisons
San Francisco Seals
Beaumont Exporters
Elmira Pioneers
Hagerstown Owls
Winston-Salem Twins
Augusta Tigers
Muskegon Reds
Utica Braves
Texarkana Twins
Jamestown Falcons
Fulton Tigers
Tallassee Indians
1940 Buffalo Bisons Beaumont Exporters Henderson Oilers
Hot Springs Bathers
Muskegon Reds
Fulton Tigers
1939 Toledo Mud Hens Beaumont Exporters Henderson Oilers
Hot Springs Bathers
Tiffin Mud Hens
Fulton Tigers
Sioux City Cowboys
Newport Tigers
1938 Toledo Mud Hens Beaumont Exporters Charleston Senators
Hot Springs Bathers
Tiffin Mud Hens
Hobbs Boosters
1937 Toledo Mud Hens Beaumont Exporters
Sioux City Cowboys
Winston-Salem Twins Charleston Senators
Henderson Oilers
Tiffin Mud Hens
Beckley Bengals
Lake Charles Skippers
1936 Milwaukee Brewers Beaumont Exporters Augusta Tigers Charleston Senators
Jackson Senators
Palatka Azaleas
Tiffin Mud Hens
Charleroi Tigers
Alexandria Aces
1935 Portland Beavers Beaumont Exporters Springfield Senators Charleston Senators
Henderson Oilers
Charleroi Tigers
1934 Beaumont Exporters Charleston Senators
Shreveport Sports/Greenwood Chiefs
Charleroi Tigers
1933 Toronto Maple Leafs Beaumont Exporters
Hutchinson Wheatshockers/Bartlesville Broncos
Quincy Shipbuilders/Nashua Millionaires/Brockton Shoemakers Huntington Boosters
Shreveport Sports
1932 Toronto Maple Leafs Beaumont Exporters Decatur Commodores Huntington Boosters Moline Plowboys
1931 Beaumont Exporters
1930 Beaumont Exporters
1929 Fort Worth Panthers
1928 Fort Worth Panthers
1927 Fort Worth Panthers
1926 Fort Worth Panthers
1925 Fort Worth Panthers
1924 Fort Worth Panthers
1923 Fort Worth Panthers
1922 Fort Worth Panthers
1921 Fort Worth Panthers
1920 Fort Worth Panthers
1919 Fort Worth Panthers

References[edit]

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  10. ^ Official Baseball Dope Book. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News, 1974.
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  14. ^ Official Baseball Guide. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News, 1948.

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