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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.

AFFILIATION CHANGES 

League 2018 2019
International (AAA)    
Syracuse Nationals Mets
Pacific Coast League (AAA)    
Las Vegas Mets Athletics
San Antonio Padres Brewers
Fresno Astros Nationals
Nashville Athletics Rangers
Round Rock Rangers Astros
Southern (AA)    
Pensacola Reds Twins
Chattanooga Twins Reds
Midwest (Low-A)    
Clinton Mariners Marlins
South Atlantic (Low-A)    
Greensboro Marlins Pirates
West Virginia Pirates Mariners

ALL CLASSIFICATION CHANGES

Triple-A

  • San Antonio moves from Double-A (Texas) to Triple-A (Pacific Coast).
  • Colorado Springs moves from Triple-A (Pacific Coast) to Rookie-level (Pioneer).

Double-A

Amarillo Sod Poodles join Texas League, affiliates with Padres

High-A

Buies Creek (Carolina) moves to Fayetteville, N.C., becomes Woodpeckers.

Low-A/Rookie

AFFILIATION ADDITIONS

Athletics, Brewers, Cubs, Dodgers add a second Arizona League team

AFFILIATION SUBTRACTION

Helena (Pioneer) ceases operations

CLASSIFICATION CHANGE

Colorado Springs moves from Triple-A (Pacific Coast) to Rookie-level (Pioneer), changes its name to Rocky Mountain Vibes.

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