The Washington Nationals farm system consists of six Minor League Baseball affiliates across the United States and in the Dominican Republic. Four teams are independently owned, while the Florida Complex League Nationals and the Dominican Summer League Nationals are owned by the major league club.

From 1969 to 2004, the Nationals franchise played as the Montreal Expos. The Expos-Nationals franchise has been affiliated with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League since 1991, making it the longest-running active affiliation in the organization among teams not owned by the Nationals.[1] The longest continuous affiliation in Montreal-Washington franchise history was the 29-year relationship with the Class A-Advanced Florida State League's West Palm Beach Expos from 1969 to 1997.[1]

Geographically, Washington's closest domestic affiliate is the Single-A Fredericksburg Nationals of the Carolina League, which are approximately 47 miles (76 km) away. Washington's furthest domestic affiliate, the FCL Nationals of the Florida Complex League, are based approximately 860 miles (1,380 km) away.

Washington Nationals

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 Rochester Red Wings Harrisburg Senators Wilmington Blue Rocks Fredericksburg Nationals FCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2021 Rochester Red Wings[3] Harrisburg Senators[3] Wilmington Blue Rocks[3] Fredericksburg Nationals[3] FCL Nationals DSL Nationals

2005–2020

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 Fresno Grizzlies[5] Harrisburg Senators[6] Fredericksburg Nationals[7] Hagerstown Suns[8] Auburn Doubledays[9][10] GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2019 Fresno Grizzlies Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Auburn Doubledays GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2018 Syracuse Chiefs[11] Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Auburn Doubledays GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2017 Syracuse Chiefs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Auburn Doubledays GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2016 Syracuse Chiefs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Auburn Doubledays GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2015 Syracuse Chiefs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Auburn Doubledays GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2014 Syracuse Chiefs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Auburn Doubledays GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2013 Syracuse Chiefs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Auburn Doubledays GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2012 Syracuse Chiefs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Auburn Doubledays GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2011 Syracuse Chiefs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Auburn Doubledays GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2010 Syracuse Chiefs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Vermont Lake Monsters GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2009 Syracuse Chiefs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Vermont Lake Monsters GCL Nationals DSL Nationals
2008 Columbus Clippers Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Vermont Lake Monsters GCL Nationals DSL Nationals 1, DSL Nationals 2
2007 Columbus Clippers Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Hagerstown Suns Vermont Lake Monsters GCL Nationals DSL Nationals 1, DSL Nationals 2
2006 New Orleans Zephyrs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Savannah Sand Gnats Vermont Lake Monsters GCL Nationals DSL Nationals 1, DSL Nationals 2
2005 New Orleans Zephyrs Harrisburg Senators Potomac Nationals Savannah Sand Gnats Vermont Expos GCL Nationals DSL Nationals, VSL Marlins/Nationals

Montreal Expos

1990–2004

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A-Advanced Class A Class A Short Season Rookie League Foreign Rookie
2004 Edmonton Trappers Harrisburg Senators Brevard County Manatees Savannah Sand Gnats Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos, VSL Cagua
2003 Edmonton Trappers Harrisburg Senators Brevard County Manatees Savannah Sand Gnats Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Diamondbacks/Expos, VSL Cagua
2002 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators Brevard County Manatees Clinton LumberKings Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos, VSL Cagua
2001 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators Jupiter Hammerheads Clinton LumberKings Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos, VSL Cagua
2000 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators Jupiter Hammerheads Cape Fear Crocs Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos, VSL Cagua
1999 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators Jupiter Hammerheads Cape Fear Crocs Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos, VSL Cagua
1998 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators Jupiter Hammerheads Cape Fear Crocs Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
1997 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators West Palm Beach Expos Cape Fear Crocs Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
1996 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators West Palm Beach Expos Delmarva Shorebirds Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
1995 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators West Palm Beach Expos Albany Polecats Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
1994 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators West Palm Beach Expos Burlington Bees Vermont Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
1993 Ottawa Lynx Harrisburg Senators West Palm Beach Expos Burlington Bees Jamestown Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
1992 Indianapolis Indians Harrisburg Senators West Palm Beach Expos Rockford Expos, Albany Polecats Jamestown Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
1991 Indianapolis Indians Harrisburg Senators West Palm Beach Expos Rockford Expos, Sumter Flyers Jamestown Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos
1990 Indianapolis Indians Jacksonville Expos West Palm Beach Expos Rockford Expos Jamestown Expos GCL Expos DSL Expos

1969–1989

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A Class A Short Season Rookie Leaguee Winter Rookiee
1989 Indianapolis Indians Jacksonville Expos West Palm Beach Expos, Rockford Expos Jamestown Expos GCL Expos, DSL Expos
1988 Indianapolis Indians Jacksonville Expos West Palm Beach Expos, Rockford Expos Jamestown Expos GCL Expos
1987 Indianapolis Indians Jacksonville Expos West Palm Beach Expos, Burlington Expos Jamestown Expos GCL Expos
1986 Indianapolis Indians Jacksonville Expos West Palm Beach Expos, Burlington Expos Jamestown Expos GCL Expos
1985 Indianapolis Indians Jacksonville Expos West Palm Beach Expos Jamestown Expos
1984 Indianapolis Indians Jacksonville Suns West Palm Beach Expos, Gastonia Expos Jamestown Expos Calgary Expos
1983 Wichita Aeros Memphis Chicks West Palm Beach Expos, Gastonia Expos Jamestown Expos Calgary Expos
1982 Wichita Aeros Memphis Chicks West Palm Beach Expos, San Jose Expos Jamestown Expos Calgary Expos
1981 Denver Bears Memphis Chicks West Palm Beach Expos Jamestown Expos Calgary Expos
1980 Denver Bears Memphis Chicks West Palm Beach Expos Jamestown Expos Calgary Expos
1979 Denver Bears Memphis Chicks West Palm Beach Expos Jamestown Expos Calgary Expos
1978 Denver Bears Memphis Chicks West Palm Beach Expos Jamestown Expos
1977 Denver Bears Quebec Metros West Palm Beach Expos Jamestown Expos GCL Expos FIL Expos
1976 Denver Bears Quebec Metros West Palm Beach Expos Lethbridge Expos FIL Expos
1975 Memphis Blues Québec Carnavals West Palm Beach Expos Lethbridge Expos
1974 Memphis Blues Québec Carnavals West Palm Beach Expos, Kinston Expos GCL Expos
1973 Peninsula Whips Québec Carnavals West Palm Beach Expos Jamestown Expos FIL Expos
1972 Peninsula Whips Québec Carnavals West Palm Beach Expos Jamestown Falcons FIL Expos
1971 Winnipeg Whips Québec Carnavals West Palm Beach Expos Jamestown Falcons, Watertown Expos
1970 Buffalo Bisons/Winnipeg Whips West Palm Beach Expos Watertown Expos GCL Expos FIL Expos
1969 Vancouver Mounties West Palm Beach Expos GCL Expos FIL Expos

References

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