North Carolina Minor League Baseball Betting

North Carolina is home to many Minor League Baseball teams. Even though the state does not have an MLB franchise, the Tar Heel State has many professional teams, and a long history of Minor League Baseball (MiLB).

With sports betting in North Carolina underway, there is an increased interest in all sports, including MiLB.

Best minor league baseball betting apps in North Carolina

When it comes to betting on Minor League Baseball in North Carolina, five of the eight NC online sportsbooks take MiLB wagers. In all cases, there is only betting on the two Triple A leagues, the International League (with 20 teams) and the Pacific Coast League (with 10 teams). That said, you’ll find at several sites that you can bet on every game in both of the AAA leagues throughout the season.

Here are the best online sportsbooks for betting on MiLB in North Carolina.

Bet365 Sportsbook NC

Full Review: Bet365 North Carolina

The Minor League Baseball wagering options at Bet365 Sportsbook NC are similar to Fanatics with a few differences. You can bet on all the Triple A games, but pregame you can only make moneyline, run line, and totals bets. That is to say, there aren’t any alternate pregame lines, nor any other wagering opportunities available pregame.

However, once the game starts there is a wide range of live betting options. You won’t see individual player props, but you will be able to make various team props and game props when betting live, including being able to bet on alternate lines, individual inning bets, and dozens of other in-game wagers. Bet365 also incorporates the animated gamecast showing the action as it plays out, just like Fanatics does.

Click “Baseball” on the main screen either on the Bet365 app or site, and after the MLB selections you’ll see “Triple A Minor League” game lines available. Incidentally, a quick comparison of the odds at each site shows there isn’t a lot of variation between them when it comes to these available MiLB wagers.

FanDuel Sportsbook NC

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Full Review: FanDuel North Carolina

FanDuel Sportsbook NC also offers betting on all Triple A games, but unlike the other sites, you can only make moneyline bets pregame on MiLB games at FanDuel. Neither the run line nor the total is available for wagering, and of course there are no props or other markets, either. There is live betting, though, on that moneyline after a game starts.

Click “All Sports” and then choose baseball, then click “Leagues” and you’ll see “Minor League Baseball” as one of the options.

Caesars Sportsbook NC

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Full Review: Caesars North Carolina

Finally, Caesars Sportsbook also takes wagers on the full slate of Triple-A games. However, recently we have only seen markets on Las Vegas Aviators games, so changes will be coming soon. At Caesars Sportsbook NC, you can bet on the moneyline, the run line, or the total for games involving the Las Vegas team.

That’s the extent of your options for betting on Minor League Baseball at Caesars Sportsbook. There are no alternate run lines or props or anything else. Nor does Caesars offer any live betting on Minor League games. The good news is you can find the MiLB section easily on the website or app (if there is a game that day) by clicking the “Menu” and looking under “Baseball.”

 

You will also find MiLB lines at these NC betting apps:

Unfortunately, the following legal sportsbooks don’t currently offer wagering on Minor League Baseball in North Carolina:

We will keep an eye on them, so check back in case this changes in the future.

Betting on Minor League Baseball in North Carolina

The NC Sports Wagering Catalog permits betting on Triple-A baseball. The two Triple-A leagues are:

  • International League
  • Pacific Coast League

Wagering is typically offered on the moneyline, run line, and over/under for these minor league games. You will rarely see player props or game props. You may see some team props and game props pop up on Bet365 during live betting, but generally speaking you won’t find the wide range of props such as sites offer for MLB betting in NC.

Minor League Baseball teams in North Carolina

How many minor league teams are in North Carolina?

There are 10 minor league teams in North Carolina. Only Florida (with 12) has more teams with an MiLB status associated with MLB parent clubs.

  • Charlotte Knights (Triple-A), affiliate of the Chicago White Sox
  • Durham Bulls (Triple-A), affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays
  • Asheville Tourists (Class A Adv.), affiliate of the Houston Astros
  • Greensboro Grasshoppers (Class A Adv.), affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Hickory Crawdads (Class A Adv.), affiliate of the Texas Rangers
  • Winston-Salem Dash (Class A Adv.), high A affiliate for the Chicago White Sox
  • Carolina Mudcats (Class A), located in Zebulon and affiliated with the Milwaukee Brewers
  • Down East Wood Ducks (Class A), who play in Kinston, Texas Rangers
  • Fayetteville Woodpeckers (Class A), affiliate of the Houston Astros
  • Kannapolis Cannon Ballers (Class A), affiliate of the Chicago White Sox

International League

The International League has the two NC teams (Charlotte and Durham). That league has 20 teams, each with an affiliation to an MLB franchise. NC baseball fans who attend International League games may see future MLB stars as they develop their skills.

Pacific Coast League

The PCL has 10 teams, each affiliated with a West Coast MLB club. The major league teams prefer their top affiliates in their geographical region to limit the travel needed when transferring players.

The PCL has a long history dating back to 1903, which makes it almost as old as the American League. For the first three decades of the 20th century, the PCL fielded many players and a few teams that were comparable to the quality seen in MLB. When the Dodgers and Giants shifted to California in the late 1950s, the PCL’s reign as the premier West Coast professional baseball league was over.

Independent Professional Baseball in North Carolina

Independent teams have no formal relationship with the association of professional baseball clubs and MLB. There are two teams in North Carolina:

  • Gastonia Honey Hunters, Atlantic League
  • High Point Rockers, Atlantic League
Which North Carolina minor league teams draw the most fans?

In 2022, the Charlotte Knights attracted 531,465 fans, an average of 7,280 per game. That ranked first among NC minor league teams, and 7th overall in the U.S. The Knights followed that up in 2023 by drawing 498,816 which still placed within the top 10 among all MiLB teams.

Which stadium seats the most and least fans?

Truist Field in Charlotte, home of the Knights, seats 10,200. That’s slightly more than you can squeeze into Durham Bulls Athletic Park, which seats 10,000.

Which NC minor league baseball team is the oldest and newest?

The Asheville Tourists have been playing almost continuously since 1897. They are currently in the South Atlantic League or Sally League.

The newest minor league baseball club in NC is the Down East Wood Ducks, which debuted in 2017.

Tradition and History of North Carolina Minor League Baseball

According to Professional Baseball in North Carolina and the Society for American Baseball Research, close to 75 cities and towns in North Carolina have had a minor league baseball team at some point since the late 19th century.

There have been at least five iterations of what was called the “Carolina League,” dating back to the early 20th century. There was even briefly an affiliated minor league called the “Tar Heel State League.” The first stable minor league baseball team in NC was Winston-Salem, which played in the South Atlantic League as long ago as 1888.

Baseball Hall of Fame Players Born in North Carolina

  • Luke Appling … High Point
  • Rick Ferrell …  Durham
  • Catfish Hunter … Hertford
  • Buck Leonard … Rocky Mount
  • Gaylord Perry … Williamston
  • Enos Slaughter … Roxboro
  • Hoyt Wilhelm … Huntersville

Here is one final piece of trivia about North Carolina Minor League Baseball: Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in the state, in 1914, as a member of the Baltimore Orioles. Ruth hit it at the fairgrounds in Fayetteville.

About the Author

Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes writes about sports betting, sports media, and sports betting legislative matters. He's the author of three books, and previously reported for Major League Baseball, as well as the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.