Over the weekend, I attended a Rough Riders (the Texas Rangers’ AA affiliate) baseball game with a couple of my girl friends. During the course of the game, they had several questions about how the minor league works, so I thought that would be a great topic for this week.
The minor league is broken down into several levels of play: Rookie, Class A Short, A, AA, and AAA. Each major league team has their own Minor League system which includes a team at each level. The players on these teams are all vying for a spot on that team’s major league team.
A team’s minor league teams are often collectively referred to as a “farm system”. It might seem like it, but the minor league teams aren’t owned outright by a major league club. They actually have an affiliation contract with the team, meaning all players playing for the minor league team are being developed for the major league club.