List of Kansas City Royals minor league affiliates

The Kansas City Royals farm system consists of nine Minor League Baseball affiliates across the United States and in the Dominican Republic.[1] Six teams are independently owned, while three—the Arizona League Royals and two Dominican Summer League Royals—are owned by the major league club.

The Royals have been affiliated with the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers of the Pacific Coast League since 1969, making it the longest-running active affiliation in the organization among teams not owned by the Royals.[2] It is also the longest affiliation in team history. Their newest affiliate is the Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League which became the Royals' Class A club in 2015.[2]

Geographically, Kansas City's closest domestic affiliate is the Omaha Storm Chasers of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League which is approximately 169 miles (272 km) away. Kansas City's furthest domestic affiliate is the Arizona League Royals of the Rookie Arizona League some 1,062 miles (1,709 km) away.

1990–present

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
2018 Omaha Storm Chasers Northwest Arkansas Naturals Wilmington Blue Rocks Lexington Legends Idaho Falls Chukars
Burlington Royals
AZL Royals
DSL Royals 1
DSL Royals 2
2017 Omaha Storm Chasers Northwest Arkansas Naturals Wilmington Blue Rocks Lexington Legends Idaho Falls Chukars
Burlington Royals
AZL Royals
DSL Royals
2016 Omaha Storm Chasers Northwest Arkansas Naturals Wilmington Blue Rocks Lexington Legends Idaho Falls Chukars
Burlington Royals
AZL Royals
DSL Royals
2015 Omaha Storm Chasers Northwest Arkansas Naturals Wilmington Blue Rocks Lexington Legends Idaho Falls Chukars
Burlington Royals
AZL Royals
DSL Royals
2014 Omaha Storm Chasers Northwest Arkansas Naturals Wilmington Blue Rocks Lexington Legends Idaho Falls Chukars
Burlington Royals
AZL Royals
DSL Royals
2013 Omaha Storm Chasers Northwest Arkansas Naturals Wilmington Blue Rocks Lexington Legends Idaho Falls Chukars
Burlington Royals
AZL Royals
DSL Royals
2012 Omaha Storm Chasers Northwest Arkansas Naturals Wilmington Blue Rocks Kane County Cougars Idaho Falls Chukars
Burlington Royals
AZL Royals
DSL Royals
2011 Omaha Storm Chasers Northwest Arkansas Naturals Wilmington Blue Rocks Kane County Cougars Idaho Falls Chukars
Burlington Royals
AZL Royals
DSL Royals
2010 Omaha Royals Northwest Arkansas Naturals Wilmington Blue Rocks Burlington Bees Idaho Falls Chukars
Burlington Royals
AZL Royals
DSL Royals
2009 Omaha Royals Northwest Arkansas Naturals Wilmington Blue Rocks Burlington Bees Idaho Falls Chukars
Burlington Royals
AZL Royals
DSL Royals
2008 Omaha Royals Northwest Arkansas Naturals Wilmington Blue Rocks Burlington Bees Idaho Falls Chukars
Burlington Royals
AZL Royals
DSL Royals
2007 Omaha Royals Wichita Wranglers Wilmington Blue Rocks Burlington Bees Idaho Falls Chukars
Burlington Royals
AZL Royals
DSL Royals
2006 Omaha Royals Wichita Wranglers High Desert Mavericks Burlington Bees Idaho Falls Chukars
AZL Royals
DSL Royals
2005 Omaha Royals Wichita Wranglers High Desert Mavericks Burlington Bees Idaho Falls Chukars
AZL Royals
DSL Royals
2004 Omaha Royals Wichita Wranglers Wilmington Blue Rocks Burlington Bees Idaho Falls Chukars
AZL Royals
DSL Royals
2003 Omaha Royals Wichita Wranglers Wilmington Blue Rocks Burlington Bees AZL Royals 1
AZL Royals 2
DSL Royals
2002 Omaha Royals Wichita Wranglers Wilmington Blue Rocks Burlington Bees Spokane Indians GCL Royals DSL Royals
2001 Omaha Golden Spikes Wichita Wranglers Wilmington Blue Rocks Burlington Bees Spokane Indians GCL Royals DSL Royals
2000 Omaha Golden Spikes Wichita Wranglers Wilmington Blue Rocks Charleston Alley Cats Spokane Indians GCL Royals DSL Royals
1999 Omaha Golden Spikes Wichita Wranglers Wilmington Blue Rocks Charleston Alley Cats Spokane Indians GCL Royals DSL Royals
1998 Omaha Royals Wichita Wranglers Wilmington Blue Rocks Lansing Lugnuts Spokane Indians GCL Royals DSL Royals
1997 Omaha Royals Wichita Wranglers Wilmington Blue Rocks Lansing Lugnuts Spokane Indians GCL Royals DSL Royals
1996 Omaha Royals Wichita Wranglers Wilmington Blue Rocks Lansing Lugnuts Spokane Indians GCL Royals
1995 Omaha Royals Wichita Wranglers Wilmington Blue Rocks Springfield Sultans Spokane Indians GCL Royals
1994 Omaha Royals Memphis Chicks Wilmington Blue Rocks Rockford Royals Eugene Emeralds GCL Royals
1993 Omaha Royals Memphis Chicks Wilmington Blue Rocks Rockford Royals Eugene Emeralds GCL Royals
1992 Omaha Royals Memphis Chicks Baseball City Royals Appleton Foxes Eugene Emeralds GCL Royals
1991 Omaha Royals Memphis Chicks Baseball City Royals Appleton Foxes Eugene Emeralds GCL Royals
1990 Omaha Royals Memphis Chicks Baseball City Royals Appleton Foxes Eugene Emeralds GCL Royals

1968–1989

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 Omaha Royals Memphis Chicks Baseball City Royals, Appleton Foxes Eugene Emeralds GCL Royals, DSL Royals
1988 Omaha Royals Memphis Chicks Baseball City Royals, Appleton Foxes Eugene Emeralds GCL Royals
1987 Omaha Royals Memphis Chicks Fort Myers Royals, Appleton Foxes Eugene Emeralds GCL Royals
1986 Omaha Royals Memphis Chicks Fort Myers Royals Eugene Emeralds GCL Royals
1985 Omaha Royals Memphis Chicks Fort Myers Royals Eugene Emeralds GCL Royals
1984 Omaha Royals Memphis Chicks Fort Myers Royals, Charleston Royals Eugene Emeralds
1983 Omaha Royals Jacksonville Suns Fort Myers Royals, Charleston Royals GCL Royals
1982 Omaha Royals Jacksonville Suns Fort Myers Royals, Charleston Royals GCL Royals
1981 Omaha Royals Jacksonville Suns Fort Myers Royals, Charleston Royals Royals Blue, Royals Gold
1980 Omaha Royals Jacksonville Suns Fort Myers Royals, Charleston Royals Royals Blue, Royals Gold
1979[4] Omaha Royals Jacksonville Suns Fort Myers Royals Royals Blue, Royals Gold
1978 Omaha Royals Jacksonville Suns Fort Myers Royals GCL Royals
1977 Omaha Royals Jacksonville Suns Daytona Beach Islanders GCL Royals
1976 Omaha Royals Jacksonville Suns Waterloo Royals GCL Royals
1975 Omaha Royals Jacksonville Suns Waterloo Royals GCL Royals
1974[5] Omaha Royals Jacksonville Suns San Jose Bees, Waterloo Royals GCL Royals, Royals Academy
1973 Omaha Royals Jacksonville Suns San Jose Bees, Waterloo Royals Billings Mustangs, Kingsport Royals, GCL Royals
1972 Omaha Royals Jacksonville Suns San Jose Bees, Waterloo Royals Billings Mustangs, Kingsport Royals, GCL Royals
1971 Omaha Royals Elmira Royals San Jose Bees, Waterloo Royals Billings Mustangs, Kingsport Royals, GCL Royals
1970 Omaha Royals San Jose Bees, Waterloo Royals Billings Mustangs, Kingsport Royals
1969 Omaha Royals High Point-Thomasville Royals, Waterloo Hawks Corning Royals, Winnipeg Goldeyes Kingsport Royals
1968 High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms Corning Royals

References

  1. "Royals Affiliates". Kansas City Royals. Major League Baseball. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  2. 1 2 "Kansas City Royals Minor League Affiliates". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  3. 1 2 Cronin, John (Spring 2013). "Truth in the Minor League Class Structure: The Case for the Reclassification of the Minors". The Baseball Research Journal. Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  4. Official Baseball Dope Book. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News, 1979.
  5. Official Baseball Dope Book. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News, 1974.
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