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Minor League FAQ's:
I. Reds Affiliates and Rules
1) What are the different levels of the minor leagues and what are the team names for each of the Reds affiliates?
AAA - Louisville Bats (International League)
AA - Chattanooga Lookouts (Southern League)
High A - Sarasota Reds (Florida State League)
Low A - Dayton Dragons (Midwest League)
Rookie - Billings Mustangs (Pioneer League); GCL Reds (Gulf Coast League); VSL Reds (Cagua-Venezuelan Summer League)
2) What are some media outlets I can check to keep track of the Reds minor league affiliates?
Louisville: Courier-Journal (Bats – AAA)
Chattanooga: [the Chattanooga Times & Free Press is subscriber only IIRC]
I get my information from the Chattanoogan (Lookouts – AA)
Sarasota: Herald Tribune (Reds – High A)
Dayton: Daily News (Dragons – Low A)
http://www.daytondailynews.com/ [need to register]
Billings: Gazette (Mustangs – Rookie)
No coverage for the GCL Reds.
3) How many players can each minor league team have?
Minor League Rosters
Minor-league rosters consist of an Active List (players currently eligible to play) and a Reserve List (the entire roster). Players may be loaned to other minor league clubs, but they must be returned by September 30. Minor-league clubs may place injured players on the disabled list for 7 or 60 days (the Emergency Disabled List). As with players in the majors, players on the minor-league 60-day disabled list do not count against either roster limit. Age restrictions do not apply to players on rehab assignments.
Reserve List roster limits
38 players for AAA clubs, 37 for AA clubs, 35 for A clubs and below
Active List roster limits
AAA = 24 w/ no player eligibility rule
AA = 23; 24 for 1st 30 days of season & after Aug. 9th, no player eligibility restrictions
High A = 25, no more than 2 players & 1 player coach on active list may have more than 6 yrs. experience
Low A = 25, same as above except 5 years experience
Short Season A = (NY Penn League) 30 active, no more than 25 in uniform for any game; no more than 4 players over age 23; no more than 4 players with 4 or more years of prior service (NW League can have 35 under control
Rookie Advanced A = 35 active 2 yrs prior service restriction, no more than 15 players 21 or older w/no more than 2 of those over age of 23, line-up card limted to 12 players age 21
4) Where can I go to view Box Scores of yesterday’s Reds minor league affiliates?
5) What does it mean when a player is “Optioned” and how often can he be “Optioned” to the minor leagues?
After three years as a pro, a player must be protected on a team's 40-man roster, or he is eligible for the Rule 5 draft. Once he's served those three years, and assuming he is added to the 40-man roster, his club then has what are called "options" on him.
When a player is on the 40-man roster but not on the 25-man Major League roster, he is on "optional assignment." One common misconception about the rules is that a player may only be "optioned out" three times. Actually, each player has three option years, and he can be sent up and down as many times as the club chooses within those three seasons.
When you hear that a player is "out of options," that means he's been on the 40-man roster during three different seasons, beginning with his fourth as a pro, and to be sent down again he'll have to clear waivers.
6) Is there a minimum salary for minor league players?
Minor League minimum salary
(for players on 40-man rosters for at least the second year or for players with at least one day of major league service)
Under the 2007-11 CBA, the new minimum for a player placed on the 40-man roster for the first time is $30,000 (50% of minor league minimum).
7) Can a minor league player become a free agent?
A player becomes eligible to sign with any organization as a minor league free agent when he has played six full minor-league seasons with the club that drafted him. If a player is released, he becomes a minor league free agent upon the expiration of any subsequent contract he signs.
8) When does the Billings Mustangs (Rookie) season start?
In 2007, the Billings Mustangs start play on June 21st, 2007.
II. Other Minor League Baseball Related Links:
The Official Site of Minor League Baseball:
The Baseball Cube:
Baseball America, player finder:
*thanks to all for you help and information in getting this put together...