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Minor Leagues

Gulf Coast League is the toughest in baseball
Playing For Peanuts
Minor experience makes big league impact
Standing By Their Men (Life in the minors)
By the numbers: The first-year player draft
Fundamentals: What is instructional league?
Fundamentals: How the rookie leagues work
By the numbers: A day at spring training
Down on the farm: Working to keep the big league dream alive in Davenport
Double Play: The Joe and Jake Mauer story
Minors tough on new hitters
Finding Himself Far From Home:Delino DeShields Goes From Big Leagues to Big Sky
Greener Than Grass (Josh Hamilton 1st Round Trip)
The Roughnecks of Summer
Ring The Bell
Hammer time?
Life In Professional Baseball Is A Big Change For Players Coming Out of High School

Common Questions About The Minor Leagues

  • Q: Where does the minor league teams get their players?
  • A: Most of the players at the Rookie Level and Short Season A are signed after being drafted in the June Free Agent Draft. Players are also signed as non-drafted free agents and also through the international scouting as free agents.

  • Q: What is the chances of a player signing a minor league contract reaching the Major Leagues?
  • A: About 10% of players that sign a minor league contract will play one game at the Major League Level.

    Your Chances Of Reaching The Major Leagues
  • Round 1: 66%
  • Round 2: 49%
  • Round 3-5: 32%
  • Round 6-10: 20%
  • Round 11-20: 11%
  • Round 21 +: 7%
  • Non Drafted: 4%
  • Foreign Players: 7%

  • Triple A: 73%
  • Double A: 33%
  • Class A: 15%
  • Short-Season A: 9%

  • Q: What are minor league salaries like?
  • A: First year players get paid $1100 per month, reguardless of where they are draftedf or what level they are playing at. Many teams have a graduating minor league salary scale based on service and playing level that pre-determines their salary after the first year.In addition, players get an extra $25.00 per day meal money when they are on the road, depending on what level they are playing at.
  • First Year: $1100 per month
  • Class A: $1200-$1400 per month
  • Class AA: $1450-$1600 per month
  • Class AAA: $16500-$2000 per month

  • Q: Do players get health insurance?
  • A: Minor league players are fully enrolled, at no cost to themselves unless they have dependents, in the minor league insurance program from the time they report after signing. Players are also covered under the laws of the Worker's Compensation Act for injuries while playing.

  • Q: Where do players live?
  • A: Most players because of the size of their salary, players typically live 2-4 to an apartment.At the rookie level many of the players live with host families.

  • Q: What costs do the teams pay for?
  • A: The Major League teams pay all the player's transportation costs between their home of record and their minor league city at the beginning of the season and the end of the season. They also pay for the transportation costs if a player changes teams during the season. The club provides full uniforms along with bats, balls, catching gear, ect. A player will only have to provide his shoes and glove.

  • Q: What is minor league travel like?
  • A: Travel conditions vary from league to league based on the distances between cities.Teams will communte any trip within two hours of their home city. Longer trips will involve staying overnight in hotels. In some leagues, spending 6-8 hours or more on a bus is a regular event as teams moves from series and city to city. Many trips at the Double A and particularly the Triple A levels are by plane.

  • Q: What is the turn over rate in the minor leagues?
  • A: Each year teams draft and sign about 45-50 players and release the same number or 25-30% turnover rate.

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