2017 Minor League Baseball Champions


Durham Bulls Win 2017 AAA Championship


A total of 41,832,364 fans watched minor league baseball games this season which makes this year the fifth-highest attendance total in the history of minor league baseball.  A total of 83 teams had increases in their average attendance.  The Dayton Dragons have the longest streak of consecutive sellouts with 1,246 games which began during the 2000 season.  This streak is the longest in professional sports history.  The leaders in total attendance in each classification were:  Indianapolis Indians (AAA), Frisco RoughRiders (AA), Dayton Dragons (A) and Vancouver Canadians (Short Season-A and Rookie).

Here is a look at this year’s minor league baseball champions:

  • AAA Championship Game:  Durham 5, Memphis 3
  • International League (AAA):  Durham Bulls
    • Durham won the Governors’ Cup with a 6-4 victory over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Bulls took the best-of-5 International League Championship Series, 3-1, hoisting the Cup for the first time in team history and the second time in five years.
  • Pacific Coast League (AAA):  Memphis Redbirds
    • Memphis won their first PCL title in eight years.  The Redbirds lead the series 2-0 but was forced to a decisive Game 5 by the El Paso Chihuahuas.  Memphis beat El Paso 3-1 to claim the PCL title.
  • Eastern League (AA):  Altoona Curve
    • Altoona won their first Eastern League title since 2010.
  • Southern League (AA): Chattanooga Lookouts
    • Chattanooga Lookouts first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez hit a walk-off two-run homer to defeat the Montgomery Biscuits, 3-2, and to capture the Southern League Championship. The team’s Championship is their second in three years.
  • Texas League (AA):  Midland RockHounds
    • Midland finished the regular season with a losing record but they got into the playoffs.  They came back from a 2-0 deficit in the championship series against Tulsa to win their fourth straight league title.
  • California League (AA): Modesto Nuts
    • Modesto beat Lancaster, 8-1, to complete a perfect postseason and capture its first California League championship since 2004. It was the second straight series sweep for the Nuts, who also rolled past Stockton in the semifinals.
  • Carolina League (A): Lynchburg Hillcats/Down East co-champions
    • Lynchburg won their eighth Carolina League title while Down East won their share after the championship series was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma which made the semifinal games the championship games resulting in the co-championships.
  • Florida State League (A): Palm Beach Cardinals/Dunedin Blue Jays
    • Palm Beach won their first league title since 2005.  Dunedin defeated Tampa for their share of the title.  The championship series was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.
  • Midwest League (A):  Quad Cities River Bandits
    • The River Bandits captured their third Midwest League championship in seven years.
  • South Atlantic League (A): Greenville Drive
    • Using a five-run sixth inning, Greenville rolled to an 8-3 win over Kannapolis and the first South Atlantic League championship in franchise history.
  • New York-Penn League (A):  Hudson Valley Renegades
    • Drew Strotman threw the first six innings of a one-hitter as the Renegades notched a 6-0 victory at Centennial Field to complete a sweep of the the Lake Monsters and capture the New York-Penn League championship.
  • Northwest League (A):  Vancouver Canadians
    • Vancouver scored twice in the fifth inning and needed nothing more, using five pitchers to complete a 2-1 win over Eugene and clinch a 3-1 victory in the best-of-5 Northwest League Finals for the Canadians’ fourth championship in seven seasons.
  • Pioneer League (A):  Ogden Raptors
    • Ogden rode a balanced offensive attack to a 8-3 victory over Great Falls in Game 2 en route to its first Pioneer League crown.
  • Appalachian League (A):  Elizabethton Twins
    • Elizabethton won 8-7 over Pulaski to sweep of the best-of-3 Finals and the Twins’ 11th Appalachian League championship.
  • Arizona League (Rookie):  Cubs
    • The Rookie-level Arizona League Cubs began the year at the bottom of the East Division. Not only did they turn things around, but they rule the circuit. The Cubs completed their worst-to-first season with a 13-3 victory over the Giants in the third game of the Arizona League Championship Series
  • Gulf Coast League (Rookie):  Yankees East
    • The GCL Yankees East got a ninth-inning RBI single from Jhon Moronta and dominant relief from Luis Rijo to win, 5-4, over the GCL Nationals in Game 3 of the best-of-3 championship series at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

Independent Leagues:

  • American Association:  Winnipeg Goldeyes
  • Atlantic League: York Revolution
  • Can-Am League: Quebec Capitales
  • Empire Pro League: Plattsburgh Redbirds
  • Frontier League: Schaumburg Boomers
  • Intercounty Baseball League:  Barrie Baycats
  • Pacific Association: Vallejo Admirals
  • Pecos League: High Desert Yardbirds
  • United Shore Professional Baseball League: Birmingham-Bloomfield Beavers

College Wood Bat Baseball Leagues:

  • Alaska League:  Matsu Miners
  • Cape Cod League: Brewster Whitecaps
  • Coastal Plain League: Gastonia Grizzlies
  • Futures Collegiate League: Nashua Silver Knights
  • Great Lakes League: Lima Locos
  • Great West League: Medford Rogues
  • New England League: Valley Blue Sox
  • Northwoods League: St. Cloud Rox
  • Perfect Game Collegiate League: Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs
  • Prospect League: Lafayette Aviators
  • Texas Collegiate League: Brazos Valley Bombers
  • West Coast League:  Corvallis Knights
  • Western Major Baseball League: Swift Current 57s

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