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The Orioles and Astros minor league teams are shown below with map included.

List of Houston Astros minor league affiliates

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The Houston Astros farm system consists of seven Minor League Baseball affiliates across the United States and in the Dominican Republic.[1] Three teams are independently owned, while four—the Corpus Christi Hooks, Buies Creek Astros, Gulf Coast League Astros and Dominican Summer League Astros squads—are owned by the major league club.

The Astros have been affiliated with the Class A Short Season Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York–Penn League since 2002, making it the longest-running active affiliation in the organization among teams not owned by the Astros.[2] Their newest affiliate is the Round Rock Express of the Pacific Coast League which became the Astros' Triple-A club in 2019.[2] The longest affiliation in team history was the 21-year relationship with the Double-A Southern League's Columbus Astros/Mudcats from 1970 to 1990.[2]

Geographically, Houston's closest domestic affiliate is the Round Rock Express of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League which is approximately 146 miles (235 km) away. Houston's furthest domestic affiliate is the Tri-City ValleyCats of the Class A Short Season New York–Penn League some 1,495 miles (2,406 km) away.

 

Mike and Sig will be able to be more hands on with our minor league teams.  Mike commented about this in an interview. See Orioles locations below.

List of Baltimore Orioles minor league affiliates

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The Baltimore Orioles farm system consists of seven Minor League Baseball affiliates in the United States and the Dominican Republic.[1] Five teams are independently owned, while two—the Gulf Coast League Orioles and the Dominican Summer League Orioles—are owned by the major league club.

The Orioles have been affiliated with the Class A-Advanced Frederick Keys of the Carolina League since 1989, making it the longest-running active affiliation in the organization among teams not owned by the Orioles. Their newest affiliate is the Norfolk Tides of the International League which became the Orioles' Triple-A club in 2007. The longest affiliation in team history was the 53-year relationship with the Rookie League Appalachian's Bluefield Orioles from 1958 to 2010.[2]

The Orioles have the shortest cumulative distance between its four full-season minor league affiliates in baseball at 487 miles (784 km).[3] The top five affiliates are located within a 200-mile (320 km) radius from Baltimore, with four of them situated in Maryland. Geographically, Baltimore's closest domestic affiliate is the Bowie BaySox of the Double-A Eastern League which is approximately 24 miles (39 km) away. Baltimore's furthest domestic affiliate is the Gulf Coast League Orioles of the Rookie Gulf Coast League some 892 miles (1,436 km) away

 

Mike, Sig and their other new hires will be able to visit our minor league teams a lot more often due to our locations.

Please click the navigation Jump above each map to see locations clearly.

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6 minutes ago, ChipTait said:

The O’s have seven, the Astos have seven.  The Yankees have nine.  Is more better?  Especially the fact that the extra two are at the lowest levels?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_New_York_Yankees_minor_league_affiliates

 

Considering how most of a minor league team is there to support the handful at most that have a shot at a ML career I don't think more is better.

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The Orioles could really use an additional Rookie League team (preferably in the Appalachian League like they used to with Bluefield). The jump from the GCL to Aberdeen is a big one for players drafted out of high school.

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2 minutes ago, jcarm said:

The Orioles could really use an additional Rookie League team (preferably in the Appalachian League like they used to with Bluefield). The jump from the GCL to Aberdeen is a big one for players drafted out of high school.

I think that anyone that has a shot at the majors should be able to handle the jump.

I don't think keeping an extra team in place in case a guy that has future potential needs to be slow rolled through the system is all that important.

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33 minutes ago, Can_of_corn said:

Considering how most of a minor league team is there to support the handful at most that have a shot at a ML career I don't think more is better.

The reason they have more is that they sign so many players from Latin America.    Advantage Yankees.

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I think clustered minor leagues can be a negative. Minor league teams often generate local hotspots of fans for the major league team. Maybe not a huge number of fans, but certainly outposts outside the immediate territory. 

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2 hours ago, jcarm said:

The Orioles could really use an additional Rookie League team (preferably in the Appalachian League like they used to with Bluefield). The jump from the GCL to Aberdeen is a big one for players drafted out of high school.

I have a cabin in Bluefield. I miss the Orioles playing there terribly.

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