Current Seattle Mariners domestic minor league affiliate locations
Current Seattle Mariners domestic minor league affiliate locations

The Seattle Mariners farm system consists of six Minor League Baseball affiliates across the United States and in the Dominican Republic. Three teams are independently owned, while the Modesto Nuts and two complex-based Rookie level squads playing in the Arizona Complex League and the Dominican Summer League are owned by the major league club.

The Mariners have been affiliated with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League and High-A Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League since 1995, making them the longest-running active affiliations in the organization with the exception of the Rookie Arizona League Mariners.

Geographically, Seattle's closest domestic affiliate is the Tacoma Rainiers, which are approximately 26 miles (42 km) away. Seattle's furthest domestic affiliate is the Double-A Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League some 1,781 miles (2,866 km) away.

2021–present

The current structure of Minor League Baseball is the result of an overall contraction of the system beginning with the 2021 season. Class A was reduced to two levels: High-A and Low-A.[1] Low-A was reclassified as Single-A in 2022.[2]

Year Triple-A Double-A High-A Single-A Rookie League Foreign Rookie
2022 Tacoma Rainiers Arkansas Travelers Everett AquaSox Modesto Nuts ACL Mariners DSL Mariners
2021 Tacoma Rainiers[3] Arkansas Travelers[3] Everett AquaSox[3] Modesto Nuts[3] ACL Mariners DSL Mariners

1990–2020

Minor League Baseball operated with six classes from 1990 to 2020. The Class A level was subdivided for a second time with the creation of Class A-Advanced. The Rookie level consisted of domestic and foreign circuits.[4]

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A-Advanced Class A Class A Short Season Rookie League Foreign Rookie
2020 Tacoma Rainiers Arkansas Travelers Modesto Nuts West Virginia Power Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
2019 Tacoma Rainiers[5] Arkansas Travelers[6] Modesto Nuts West Virginia Power[7] Everett AquaSox[8] AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
2018 Tacoma Rainiers Arkansas Travelers Modesto Nuts Clinton LumberKings Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
2017 Tacoma Rainiers Arkansas Travelers[9] Modesto Nuts[10] Clinton LumberKings[11] Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
2016 Tacoma Rainiers Jackson Generals Bakersfield Blaze Clinton LumberKings Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
2015 Tacoma Rainiers Jackson Generals [12] Bakersfield Blaze[13] Clinton LumberKings Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
2014 Tacoma Rainiers Jackson Generals High Desert Mavericks Clinton LumberKings Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners
Pulaski Mariners
DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2013 Tacoma Rainiers Jackson Generals High Desert Mavericks Clinton LumberKings Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners
Pulaski Mariners
DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2012 Tacoma Rainiers Jackson Generals High Desert Mavericks Clinton LumberKings Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners
Pulaski Mariners
DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2011 Tacoma Rainiers[14] Jackson Generals[15] High Desert Mavericks Clinton LumberKings Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners
Pulaski Mariners
DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2010 Tacoma Rainiers West Tenn Diamond Jaxx High Desert Mavericks Clinton LumberKings Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners
Pulaski Mariners
DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2009 Tacoma Rainiers[16] West Tenn Diamond Jaxx High Desert Mavericks Clinton LumberKings[17] Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners
Pulaski Mariners
DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2008 Tacoma Rainiers West Tenn Diamond Jaxx High Desert Mavericks Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners
Pulaski Mariners
DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2007 Tacoma Rainiers West Tenn Diamond Jaxx[18] High Desert Mavericks Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2006 Tacoma Rainiers San Antonio Missions Inland Empire 66ers Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2005 Tacoma Rainiers San Antonio Missions Inland Empire 66ers Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2004 Tacoma Rainiers San Antonio Missions Inland Empire 66ers Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2003 Tacoma Rainiers San Antonio Missions Inland Empire 66ers Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2002 Tacoma Rainiers San Antonio Missions San Bernardino Stampede Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2001 Tacoma Rainiers San Antonio Missions San Bernardino Stampede Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
2000 Tacoma Rainiers New Haven Ravens Lancaster JetHawks Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
1999 Tacoma Rainiers New Haven Ravens[19] Lancaster JetHawks Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
1998 Tacoma Rainiers Orlando Rays Lancaster JetHawks Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
1997 Tacoma Rainiers Memphis Chicks[20] Lancaster JetHawks Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
1996 Tacoma Rainiers Port City Roosters Lancaster JetHawks[21] Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
1995 Tacoma Rainiers Port City Roosters Riverside Pilots Wisconsin Timber Rattlers[22] Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
1994 Calgary Cannons Jacksonville Suns Riverside Pilots Appleton Foxes Bellingham Mariners[23] AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
1993 Calgary Cannons Jacksonville Suns Riverside Pilots [24] Appleton Foxes[25] Bellingham Mariners AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
1992 Calgary Cannons Jacksonville Suns Peninsula Pilots
San Bernardino Spirit
Bellingham Mariners AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
1991 Calgary Cannons Jacksonville Suns Peninsula Pilots
San Bernardino Spirit
Bellingham Mariners AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
1990 Calgary Cannons Williamsport Bills Peninsula Pilots
San Bernardino Spirit
Bellingham Mariners AZL Mariners DSL Mariners


1977–1989

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.[4]

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A Class A Short Season Rookie League
1989 Calgary Cannons Williamsport Bills[26] San Bernardino Spirit
Wausau Timbers
Bellingham Mariners AZL Mariners
DSL Mariners
1988 Calgary Cannons Vermont Mariners[27] San Bernardino Spirit[28]
Wausau Timbers
Bellingham Mariners AZL Red Sox/Mariners
1987 Calgary Cannons Chattanooga Lookouts Salinas Spurs
Wausau Timbers
Bellingham Mariners
1986 Calgary Cannons Chattanooga Lookouts Salinas Spurs
Wausau Timbers
Bellingham Mariners
1985 Calgary Cannons[29] Chattanooga Lookouts Salinas Spurs
Wausau Timbers
Bellingham Mariners
1984 Salt Lake City Gulls Chattanooga Lookouts Salinas Spurs[30]
Wausau Timbers
Bellingham Mariners Butte Copper Kings[31]
1983 Salt Lake City Gulls Chattanooga Lookouts[32] Bakersfield Mariners
Wausau Timbers
Bellingham Mariners
1982 Salt Lake City Gulls[33] Lynn Sailors Bakersfield Mariners[34]
Wausau Timbers
Bellingham Mariners
1981 Spokane Indians Lynn Sailors Wausau Timbers[35] Bellingham Mariners
1980 Spokane Indians Lynn Sailors[36] San Jose Missions Bellingham Mariners
1979 Spokane Indians[37] Alexandria Mariners
San Jose Missions
Bellingham Mariners
1978 San Jose Missions[38] Stockton Mariners[39] Bellingham Mariners
1977 Bellingham Mariners[40]

See also

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