MiLB 2019 Preview: Tracking All Affiliation, Classification Changes
There are more changes than usual to the minor leagues this year. This is an affiliation shuffle year, so there are 11 affiliation swaps, but there also is franchise movement. Most importantly, there are two completely new franchises for 2019: the Double-A Amarillo Sod Poodles and the high Class A Fayetteville Woodpeckers.
|Pacific Coast League (AAA)|
|South Atlantic (Low-A)|
ALL CLASSIFICATION CHANGES
- San Antonio moves from Double-A (Texas) to Triple-A (Pacific Coast).
- Colorado Springs moves from Triple-A (Pacific Coast) to Rookie-level (Pioneer).
Amarillo Sod Poodles join Texas League, affiliates with Padres
Buies Creek (Carolina) moves to Fayetteville, N.C., becomes Woodpeckers.
Athletics, Brewers, Cubs, Dodgers add a second Arizona League team
Helena (Pioneer) ceases operations
Colorado Springs moves from Triple-A (Pacific Coast) to Rookie-level (Pioneer), changes its name to Rocky Mountain Vibes.