List of Washington Nationals minor league affiliates

The Washington Nationals 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 Gulf Coast League Nationals and Dominican Summer League Nationals—are owned by the major league club.

The Nationals have been affiliated with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League since 1991, making it the longest-running active affiliation in the organization among teams not owned by the Nationals.[2] Their newest affiliate is the Auburn Doubledays of the New York–Penn League which became the Nationals' Class A Short Season club in 2011.[2] The longest continuous affiliation in team history was the 29-year relationship with the Class A-Advanced Florida State League's West Palm Beach Expos from 1969 to 1997.[2]

Geographically, Washington's closest domestic affiliate is the Potomac Nationals of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League which is approximately 23 miles (37 km) away. Washington's furthest domestic affiliate is the Gulf Coast League Nationals of the Rookie League Gulf Coast League some 856 miles (1,378 km) away.

Washington Nationals

2005–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 Syracuse Chiefs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Auburn Doubledays GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2017 Syracuse Chiefs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Auburn Doubledays GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2016 Syracuse Chiefs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Auburn Doubledays GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2015 Syracuse Chiefs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Auburn Doubledays GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2014 Syracuse Chiefs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Auburn Doubledays GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2013 Syracuse Chiefs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Auburn Doubledays GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2012 Syracuse Chiefs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Auburn Doubledays GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2011 Syracuse Chiefs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Auburn Doubledays GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2010 Syracuse Chiefs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Vermont Lake Monsters GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2009 Syracuse Chiefs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Vermont Lake Monsters GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2008 Columbus Clippers Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Vermont Lake Monsters GCL Nationals DSL Nationals 1, DSL Nationals 2
2007 Columbus Clippers Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Vermont Lake Monsters GCL Nationals DSL Nationals 1, DSL Nationals 2
2006 New Orleans Zephyrs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Savannah Sand Gnats Vermont Lake Monsters GCL Nationals DSL Nationals 1, DSL Nationals 2
2005 New Orleans Zephyrs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Savannah Sand Gnats Vermont Expos GCL Nationals DSL Nationals

Montreal Expos

1990–2004

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A-Advanced Class A Class A Short Season Rookie League Foreign Rookie
2004 Edmonton Trappers Harrisburg Senators Brevard County Manatees Savannah Sand Gnats Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
2003 Edmonton Trappers Harrisburg Senators Brevard County Manatees Savannah Sand Gnats Vermont Expos GCL Expos
2002 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators Brevard County Manatees Clinton LumberKings Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
2001 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators Jupiter Hammerheads Clinton LumberKings Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
2000 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators Jupiter Hammerheads Cape Fear Crocs Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
1999 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators Jupiter Hammerheads Cape Fear Crocs Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
1998 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators Jupiter Hammerheads Cape Fear Crocs Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
1997 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators West Palm Beach Expos Cape Fear Crocs Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
1996 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators West Palm Beach Expos Delmarva Shorebirds Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
1995 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators West Palm Beach Expos Albany Polecats Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
1994 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators West Palm Beach Expos Burlington Bees Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
1993 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators West Palm Beach Expos Burlington Bees Jamestown Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
1992 Indianapolis Indians Harrisburg Senators West Palm Beach Expos Rockford Expos, Albany Polecats Jamestown Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
1991 Indianapolis Indians Harrisburg Senators West Palm Beach Expos Rockford Expos, Sumter Flyers Jamestown Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
1990 Indianapolis Indians Jacksonville Expos West Palm Beach Expos Rockford Expos Jamestown Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos

1963–1989

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 Leaguee
1989 Indianapolis Indians Jacksonville Expos West Palm Beach Expos, Rockford Expos Jamestown Expos GCL Expos, DSL Expos
1988 Indianapolis Indians Jacksonville Expos West Palm Beach Expos, Rockford Expos Jamestown Expos GCL Expos
1987 Indianapolis Indians Jacksonville Expos West Palm Beach Expos, Burlington Expos Jamestown Expos GCL Expos
1986 Indianapolis Indians Jacksonville Expos West Palm Beach Expos, Burlington Expos Jamestown Expos GCL Expos
1985 Indianapolis Indians Jacksonville Expos West Palm Beach Expos Jamestown Expos
1984 Indianapolis Indians Jacksonville Suns West Palm Beach Expos, Gastonia Expos Jamestown Expos Calgary Expos
1983 Wichita Aeros Memphis Chicks West Palm Beach Expos, Gastonia Expos Jamestown Expos Calgary Expos
1982 Wichita Aeros Memphis Chicks West Palm Beach Expos, San Jose Expos Jamestown Expos Calgary Expos
1981 Denver Bears Memphis Chicks West Palm Beach Expos Jamestown Expos Calgary Expos
1980 Denver Bears Memphis Chicks West Palm Beach Expos Jamestown Expos Calgary Expos
1979[4] Denver Bears Memphis Chicks West Palm Beach Expos Jamestown Expos Calgary Expos
1978 Denver Bears Memphis Chicks West Palm Beach Expos Jamestown Expos
1977 Denver Bears Quebec Metros West Palm Beach Expos Jamestown Expos GCL Expos
1976 Denver Bears Quebec Metros West Palm Beach Expos Lethbridge Expos
1975 Memphis Blues Québec Carnavals West Palm Beach Expos Lethbridge Expos
1974[5] Memphis Blues Québec Carnavals West Palm Beach Expos, Kinston Expos GCL Expos
1973 Peninsula Whips Québec Carnavals West Palm Beach Expos Jamestown Expos
1972 Peninsula Whips Québec Carnavals West Palm Beach Expos Jamestown Falcons
1971 Winnipeg Whips Québec Carnavals West Palm Beach Expos Jamestown Falcons, Watertown Expos
1970 Buffalo Bisons/Winnipeg Whips West Palm Beach Expos Watertown Expos GCL Expos
1969 West Palm Beach Expos GCL Expos

References

  1. "Nationals Affiliates". Washington Nationals. Major League Baseball. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  2. 1 2 3 "Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliates". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 27, 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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