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
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.