The Tampa Bay Rays farm system consists of seven Minor League Baseball affiliates across the United States and in the Dominican Republic. Four teams are independently owned, while three—the Florida Complex League Rays and two Dominican Summer League Rays squads—are owned by the major league club.

The Rays have been affiliated with the Triple-A Durham Bulls of the International League since 1998, making it the longest-running active affiliation in the organization among teams not owned by the Rays.[1] Their newest affiliate is the Charleston RiverDogs of the Carolina League, which became the Rays' Single-A club in 2021.[1]

Geographically, Tampa Bay's farthest domestic affiliate is the High-A Bowling Green Hot Rods of the Midwest League, which is approximately 674 miles (1,085 km) away. Their closest domestic affiliate is the Rookie Florida Complex League, which is approximately 61 miles (98 km) away.

Tampa Bay Rays

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. Class A Short Season teams and domestic Rookie League teams that operated away from Spring Training facilities were eliminated. Low-A was reclassified as Single-A in 2022.[2]

Year Triple-A Double-A High-A Single-A Rookie League Foreign Rookie
2022 Durham Bulls Montgomery Biscuits Bowling Green Hot Rods Charleston RiverDogs FCL Rays DSL Rays 1, DSL Rays 2
2021 Durham Bulls[3] Montgomery Biscuits[3] Bowling Green Hot Rods[3] Charleston RiverDogs[3] FCL Rays DSL Rays 1, DSL Rays 2

1996–2020

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 Durham Bulls[5] Montgomery Biscuits[6] Charlotte Stone Crabs[7] Bowling Green Hot Rods[8] Hudson Valley Renegades[9] Princeton Rays[7]
GCL Rays
DSL Rays 1, DSL Rays 2
2019 Durham Bulls Montgomery Biscuits Charlotte Stone Crabs Bowling Green Hot Rods Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Rays
GCL Rays
DSL Rays 1, DSL Rays 2
2018 Durham Bulls Montgomery Biscuits Charlotte Stone Crabs Bowling Green Hot Rods Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Rays
GCL Rays
DSL Rays 1, DSL Rays 2
2017 Durham Bulls Montgomery Biscuits Charlotte Stone Crabs Bowling Green Hot Rods Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Rays
GCL Rays
DSL Rays 1, DSL Rays 2
2016 Durham Bulls Montgomery Biscuits Charlotte Stone Crabs Bowling Green Hot Rods Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Rays
GCL Rays
DSL Rays
2015 Durham Bulls Montgomery Biscuits Charlotte Stone Crabs Bowling Green Hot Rods Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Rays
GCL Rays
DSL Rays
2014 Durham Bulls Montgomery Biscuits Charlotte Stone Crabs Bowling Green Hot Rods Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Rays
GCL Rays
DSL Rays, VSL Rays
2013 Durham Bulls Montgomery Biscuits Charlotte Stone Crabs Bowling Green Hot Rods Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Rays
GCL Rays
DSL Rays, VSL Rays
2012 Durham Bulls Montgomery Biscuits Charlotte Stone Crabs Bowling Green Hot Rods Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Rays
GCL Rays
DSL Rays, VSL Rays
2011 Durham Bulls Montgomery Biscuits Charlotte Stone Crabs Bowling Green Hot Rods Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Rays
GCL Rays
DSL Rays, VSL Rays
2010 Durham Bulls Montgomery Biscuits Charlotte Stone Crabs Bowling Green Hot Rods Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Rays
GCL Rays
DSL Rays, VSL Rays
2009 Durham Bulls Montgomery Biscuits Charlotte Stone Crabs Bowling Green Hot Rods Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Rays
GCL Rays
DSL Rays, VSL Rays
2008 Durham Bulls Montgomery Biscuits Vero Beach Devil Rays Columbus Catfish Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Rays DSL Rays, VSL Rays
2007 Durham Bulls Montgomery Biscuits Vero Beach Devil Rays Columbus Catfish Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Devil Rays DSL Rays
2006 Durham Bulls Montgomery Biscuits Visalia Oaks Southwest Michigan Devil Rays Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Devil Rays
2005 Durham Bulls Montgomery Biscuits Visalia Oaks Southwest Michigan Devil Rays Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Devil Rays
2004 Durham Bulls Montgomery Biscuits Bakersfield Blaze Charleston RiverDogs Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Devil Rays
2003 Durham Bulls Orlando Rays Bakersfield Blaze Charleston RiverDogs Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Devil Rays
2002 Durham Bulls Orlando Rays Bakersfield Blaze Charleston RiverDogs Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Devil Rays
2001 Durham Bulls Orlando Rays Bakersfield Blaze Charleston RiverDogs Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Devil Rays DSL Rays
2000 Durham Bulls Orlando Rays St. Petersburg Devil Rays Charleston RiverDogs Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Devil Rays DSL Rays
1999 Durham Bulls Orlando Rays St. Petersburg Devil Rays Charleston RiverDogs Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Devil Rays DSL Rays
1998 Durham Bulls St. Petersburg Devil Rays Charleston RiverDogs Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Devil Rays DSL Rays
1997 St. Petersburg Devil Rays Charleston RiverDogs Hudson Valley Renegades Princeton Devil Rays
1996 Hudson Valley Renegades Butte Copper Kings

References

  1. ^ a b "Tampa Bay Rays Minor League Affiliates". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  2. ^ "Historical League Names to Return in 2022". Minor League Baseball. March 16, 2022. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d Toribio, Juan (December 9, 2020). "Durham, 3 others invited to be Rays affiliates". MLB. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Bulls, Rays Extend Affiliation Through 2022". Ballpark Digest. October 24, 2019. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  6. ^ "Biscuits, Rays Extend Affiliation Through 2020". Ballpark Digest. February 21, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Reichard, Kevin. "Affiliate Dance". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  8. ^ "Hot Rods, Rays Announce PDC Extension". Ballpark Digest. October 25, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  9. ^ "Renegades, Rays Extend PDC". Ballpark Digest. October 25, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2018.