Minor League Baseball Teams in New Jersey – an A to Z Guide!

minor league baseball teams in new jersey

An Overview of All Minor League Baseball Teams in New Jersey

New Jersey is a state with lots going on. 

It boasts a large population, an interesting history and a strategic East Coast location.

While it's close to multiple Major League Baseball (MLB) teams in nearby New York and Pennsylvania, New Jersey is home to a range of minor league baseball teams.

In this article, we dive into the world of minor league baseball in the Garden State. 

Specifically, we've put together a brief guide with details about all minor league teams in New Jersey.

Whether you're a local or a visitor looking to explore what the state has to offer, this article is your companion to navigate the world of NJ minor league baseball.

How many minor league baseball teams are there in New Jersey?

As of the date of publication, there are two minor league baseball teams in New Jersey

To learn more about these teams, keep reading.

Details on All Minor League Baseball Teams in New Jersey 

Double-A (AA) Teams

New Jersey has just one AA team, which is the second highest level of minor league baseball. 

That team is the Somerset Patriots.

Somerset Patriots

  • MLB Affiliation: New York Yankees
  • City: Bridgewater, NJ
  • League: Eastern League
  • Stadium Name: TD Bank Ballpark
  • Maximum Seating Capacity: 6,100 seats
  • Stadium Address: 860 E Main St, Bridgewater, NJ 08807
  • Largest City Nearby: New York City 
  • Mascot Name: Sparkee
  • Notable Alumni: Luis Severino and Anthony Volpe
  • Cheapest Ticket Price: $14.50


somerset patriots field
Family fun pre-game at the Somerset Patriots ballpark


High-A (A+) Teams

The only other minor league baseball team in New Jersey plays at the A+ level, which is just one rung down the ladder from double-A.

That A+ team is the Jersey Shore Blue Claws.

Jersey Shore Blue Claws

    • MLB Affiliation: Philadelphia Phillies
    • City: Lakewood, NJ
    • League: South Atlantic League
    • Stadium Name: ShoreTown Ballpark
    • Maximum Seating Capacity: 6,588 seats
    • Stadium Address: 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood, NJ 08701
    • Largest City Nearby: Halfway between NYC and Atlantic City
    • Mascot Name: Buster
    • Notable Alumni: Ryan Howard and Cliff Lee
    • Cheapest Ticket Price: $8


blueclaws baseball game
A Jersey Shore Blue Claws game


Frequently Asked Questions 

Which MLB teams are near New Jersey?

The Philadelphia Phillies play in southeast Pennsylvania, just across the river from southwestern New Jersey.

Near the northeastern part of NJ are two MLB teams based in New York City. 

Those teams are the New York Yankees, which play in the Bronx, and the New York Mets who play in Queens.

Are the NJ Jackals a minor league team?

The NJ Jackals are not a minor league team.

Instead, they are an independent professional baseball team which plays in the Frontier League. 

As the name implies, independent baseball is different from major and minor league baseball.

NJ jackals game
A beautiful night watching a NJ Jackals game

Are the Trenton Thunder in the minor leagues?

The Trenton Thunder are not considered part of the minor leagues. Instead, they are a collegiate-based team that plays during the summer in a league known as the MLB Draft League.

What is the primary MLB team that New Jersey residents root for?

The vast majority of New Jersey residents root for the New York Yankees, according to a 2018 survey by Quinnipiac University.

A lesser percentage of NJ residents pull for the Phillies and the Mets.

Of course any answer to a question like this is really a generalization, as there could be any number of people in Jersey that root for teams other than the Yankees, Phillies or Mets.

But, generally speaking, the Yankees reign supreme in NJ.

What teams play at Yogi Berra stadium?

Yogi Berra Stadium in Little Falls, NJ is home to two baseball teams: the New Jersey Jackals and the NCAA D3 Montclair State Red Hawks.

The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center is beside the stadium, so if you're in the neighborhood you should definitely stop by.

The collection it houses honors Yogi Berra's career, and it's phenomenal. 

Are the Sussex County Miners part of the minor leagues?

The Sussex Miners - who play in Sussex County, NJ - are not a minor league baseball team.

Like the NJ Jackals, the Sussex Miners are also an independent baseball team playing in the Frontier League.

Still, just because they aren't a minor league team doesn't mean they're not worth watching. Miners and Jackals games are competitive and tons of fun, so if you get a chance, check them out!

Are there other minor league teams near the NJ border?

Yes, there are a variety of other minor league baseball teams very close to New Jersey. 

In the southwest corner of NJ across the water in Wilmington, Delaware are the single-A Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Across the border of western NJ (north of Philadelphia) in Pennsylvania are the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, in Allentown, PA.

Across the border from northern NJ in Fishkill, NY are the Hudson Valley Renegades, the A+ affiliate of the Yankees.

And in Brooklyn, NY are the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets' A+ farm club.

Thanks for Reading!

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