We’re into Volume 4 of our Team Logo Power Rankings as we promote ourselves to High-A this week. We finally got the call. What a feeling. Thank you all for checking out our Low-A Logo Draft we did to wrap up that league, and if you didn’t check it out, yous a sucka. Go check that out now!

We begin with the High-A East League which has a few teams that we would consider local to us as New Jerseyans, which was pretty cool to see! We also had a Three Spot first: No team logo reached the teens. For all of the Low-A power rankings, we saw at least a few 13s and 14s, but this week as we enter into a higher league, clearly the competition becomes stiffer.

This week, we had 6 guys on the rankings all together. All 4 Three Spot guys plus 2 guests. This week we had the help of two awesome dudes: 1) fellow New Jerseyan Ryan Balog (@bal.og on Instagram) and 2) Maryland native & Barstool Sports’ own Orioles & MLB Blogger, Eric Arditti, better known as RDT (@editti22 on Twitter). We’re thankful to them both for taking the time to contribute to the rankings this week!

We also made some changes to how we present our rankings to ya’ll this week, as we wanted to give you more insight into our thought processes and scoring methods. The blog may be longer than earlier editions, but we’re giving you our complete scoresheet and breakdown for each logo. That’s some great insider-info. We hope you all like it!

Again, we don’t want to drag you through all the scoring and category nonsense again. If you’re a first-time reader of either the blog or the Logo Power Rankings specifically, (THANK YOU for checking us out!), but check these blogs out now before reading on. It’ll definitely help you get a sense of how we do things!

As a reminder, we’re pulling our logos from this MiLB article series as our reference – the ones you see below 👇

Courtesy of MiLB.com

Without Further Ado…


High-A East League Power Rankings


#12 WINSTON-SALEM DASH

Sean

“Not sure if by this time I was just tired of looking at logos, but this one just stinks. I don’t have much more to say here.”

Manny

“Basically refer to everything I said for the Brooklyn Cyclones and it can be applied to this logo. Letters are very lazy. Winston-Salem was a big tobacco producer and sponsor of NASCAR for many years so they could’ve easily gone with the Winston-Salem Road runners or something like that. Just lazy to me.”

Scoop

“Similar to Hudson Valley looking like they play youth soccer, this logo just shouts middle aged hardo beer league softball. Mediocre at best.”

Ryan

“Screw this one. So boring. They could’ve done a lot with the dash theme and this is probably the lamest way they could’ve gone.”

RDT

“What is a Dash? Explain it to me please. Is it just a motion? Is it just fast? This is a lazy logo, could have done so much better but they just mailed it in. May be the worst logo I’ve ever actually seen. Do better, Winston Salem.”

#11 GREENVILLE DRIVE

Sean

“Definitely a different-looking logo, and does a better job incorporating a letter than most. There’s definitely no intimidation, but the connection to the BMW manufacturing site and auto history gives it points in the geo category. Red, white, and grey always play.”

Manny

“The Greenville Drive is a very weird looking logo. Kinda gives me old-school Chevy vibes but it also gives me Angels affiliate vibes. I would’ve never guessed they were a Red Sox affiliate. Nothing intimidating going on here, nothing scary. Color scheme is cool and that’s about it.”

Scoop

“I get what they’re trying here but this is almost as basic as a letter logo. Pass.”

Ryan

“Very bland all around. I like the colors, but that’s pretty much it. I feel like they could’ve done something cooler with the whole car schtick. Not intimidating, bottom level of this list for sure.”

RDT

“I wish I had 2 more thumbs so I could give this logo 2 more thumbs down. What kind of contest was held to see what their logo could be? I mean it’s boring, it’s bad, and why are we obsessed with cars? PASS.”


#10 BROOKLYN CYCLONES

Sean

“Another letter. I’ll admit I’m a sucker for some old-school lettering, but it just doesn’t do much for me here. The name at least is a tribute to the Coney Island roller coaster, which is pretty cool. Not big on the plain yellow with blue outline. Their other logo with the rollercoaster frame is much better.”

Manny

“Speaking of teams with letters as logos, this is a team that could’ve easily incorporated the roller coaster into the logo but instead decided to go with the lazy BC. It honestly doesn’t really screen baseball to me.”

Scoop

“Basic, yet elegant. Kinda locked in to this logo format though since they’re literally named after a rollercoaster.”

Ryan

“The background of the Coney Island coaster is very unique, ties in superbly with the location, and overall looks sweet. While not very intimidating, the colors and other aspects of it really raise the cyclones logo to the upper level of this list.”

Spoiler Alert: Ryan didn’t study the right logo.

RDT

“Logo STINKS. It looks like an American Legion baseball team logo. They do love them some Seinfeld in this ballpark, that is the best thing about them. I don’t think Cyclones really hit Brooklyn? But I’m not a weatherman.”


#9 BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS

Sean

“Not very unique, by now we know I hate most letter logos, and it’s definitely not intimidating. It gives a nice connection to Kentucky’s auto racing industry which is a nice touch with the flaming end of the G. Color scheme-wise, not great, not terrible, but basic.”

Manny

“The colors of the logo scream Chicago Bears to me. And it really doesn’t have anything to do with the Tampa Bay Rays either. Not really doing much for me – there’s no intimidation, the color scheme is black, and I hate logos with letters.”

Scoop

“This logo looks like it was made by a middle aged dad starting a biker gang.”

Ryan

“Not very unique, not very intimidating, the geographic callback to the racing industry is cool, but not enough to overcome this bland logo. The colors are decent.”

RDT

“Lot of potential here but they didn’t quite execute it properly. Color scheme is decent, but one look at the logo and it doesn’t strike fear into you at all, it actually takes you a little bit to figure out what it’s supposed to be. Be better Bowling Green.”


#8 ROME BRAVES

Sean

“Honestly, unique touch, nice play on Rome with the white column, and the colors aren’t bad, but this one leaves a ton to be desired.”

Manny

“Now there’s a nice classy baseball logo. The Roman column is a nice touch with the baseball zooming around it. This clearly says that they are going to be the foundation for a MLB team.”

Scoop

“They probably get asked this all the time, but did Caesar play High-A for the Braves?”

Ryan

“Another top tier logo on this list. The use of the Roman pillar along with the smooth color scheme puts it over the top. This one doesn’t try to do too much and simply leans into the Roman aesthetic.”

RDT

“I can’t give many points for originality just because they use the name “Braves”. Come on guys, go off the beaten path a little bit. Could have done something cooler with the colors and the overall logo but I feel like they settled here.”


#7 HUDSON VALLEY RENEGADES

Sean

“Now I can get down with a letter-logo like this. All they had to do was add something else alongside it, and it piques my interest. Love the raccoon tail, but I also was unsure how that fit in. I guess there’s a lot of raccoons in New York State? Are raccoons considered renegades? I have no idea. Colors are decent though.”

Manny

“This logo for me might honestly be the first logo that I’ve seen that has made me smile from ear to ear. I’m highly considering ordering their merch. The colors are fantastic, raccoons are one of my favorite animals so I’m biased but it’s just a super fun logo. Raccoons can be extremely cute but also extremely vicious.”

Scoop

“Meh. Are they a High-A Baseball team or a 10U travel soccer team?”

Ryan

“Unique, not intimidating, but the bridge being tied in to the logo looks cool and adds to the geographic inclusion. The alternating blues with the cool grey looks great to me as well.”

RDT

“A lot left on the drawing room floor here. A ton of potential here with the raccoon but I have to take off points for just using the tail. Be more creative there! Color scheme is cool so you have the options there!”


#6 ASHEVILLE TOURISTS

Sean

“Honestly, this logo is sick. We have what looks like a moon with some shades and a baseball cap. Never seen that before, but in the same light, this moon looks like a guy who’s the nerdy best friend in a 90s teen coming-of-age movie, which isn’t intimidating at all. The logo pays homage to their very early history, and the color scheme is one of the best I’ve seen.”

Manny

“This one is really cool because you don’t see many logos like this. I like how they incorporated the reflection of the moon in the sunglasses and being that this is the Astros affiliate, I like how they have continued the moon theme.”

Scoop

“The spaciest logo I’ve seen since MLB did the turn ahead the clock shit back in the late 90’s.”

Ryan

“While the name is unique and the logo ties into that, this one just seemed kinda lame to me. The baseball smiling with glasses is not intimidating, and the color scheme is just slightly different shades of blue which doesn’t mesh well.”

RDT

“The color scheme is *chefs kiss*. Fantastic. Outside of that, this isn’t a great logo. Is Asheville a big tourist place? What is there to see there? The moon wearing sunglasses doesn’t scare me either, why is it wearing glasses too? He doesn’t have to stare at the sun.”


#5 GREENSBORO GRASSHOPPERS

Sean

“Unique? Yes. Intimidating? No. Aside from the slightly beefy arms on this thing, this grasshopper looks like a kid who has never played ball and revs up the arm so hard to just throw the ball 2 feet in front of him on a rainbow loop. Not good. From my research, there wasn’t much I could find in any connection to the city. But color-wise? Not bad, I like the green and orange with the off-white cream color.”

Manny

“Now this is a cool logo when you’re talking about minor league teams. The grasshopper is very clearly about to fire a strike from shortstop over to first base, you can see the determination in his eyes. The G around the back of him as a very nice touch to let you know the location. Overall this one for me: 8/10 I just wish it were a bit more intimidating.”

Scoop

“This one is pretty sick, I do wish they added a little more pop color wise though.”

Ryan

“Definitely a unique, sort of humorous logo. The grasshopper in his little hat chucking a 2 seamer definitely got a chuckle out of me the first time I saw it. The colors don’t try to do too much which I can appreciate but the grasshopper is more funny than intimidating.”

RDT

“Now THIS is a logo. This is how you announce you’re here to have some fun. Minor League Baseball is supposed to be funny and quirky, and this logo does it. The color scheme does it for me too. It’s not intimidating because I’ve squashed every grasshopper I’ve ever seen, but this is one grasshopper I enjoy.”


#4 WILMINGTON BLUE ROCKS

Sean

“Little confused initially since this is a moose and their name is the Blue Rocks. But then I thought, you rarely see a moose in baseball (Shoutout Mike Moustakas)so they get some unique points there. Color scheme is great, love the powder blue with navy and grey, but otherwise, eh. Looks too fun of a moose to be intimidated by.”

Manny

“OK first of all if you’re going to call yourselves the blue rocks you might want to have some rocks in your logo. I mean it’s intimidating, it’s cool, but it gives me the thought of the Clark Griswold mug that he drinks the eggnog out of. You can never go wrong with powder blue and gray on the uniform though.”

Scoop

“Not sure what a vaping moose has to do with Blue Rocks but this logo FUCKS.”

Ryan

“Not sure why there’s a moose on this one, but the colors aren’t bad and the moose is a little scary I guess.”

RDT

“I LOVE this. LOVE it. Give me more animal mascots. The two-tone blue is a personal favorite of mine and it’s hard to make a bad logo with those blues. It’s hard not to love this logo, may have to go get a hat with this logo on it now.”


#3 JERSEY SHORE BLUECLAWS

Sean

“Not even going to lay my Jersey Shore bias aside here, this logo fucks. A surfing crab? That’s freaking sick. He’s just looking to have fun, which makes him less intimidating, but as a New Jerseyan, I know the blue crab is native to the shore, and the colors are awesome as well.”

Manny

“Logo screams New Jersey. This is clearly a pissed off dude that just left DJais and is on his surfboard ready to go and beat up anybody that looks at them wrong. However I wish there was something baseball-related in the logo because it kind of just looks like you would find it slapped on a seafood package.”

Scoop

“I never thought a surfing crab would be able to capture my heart like this. Maybe I’m biased, but I NEED clothing with this logo.”

Ryan

“I’m a fan of this one. The blue claw crabs are at the shore, the colors work nicely together. The crab is not intimidating but he’s trying his hardest to be.”

RDT

“This is a logo I can get behind. Not very intimidating but it’s awesome. Who doesn’t love a surfing crab? Lot of potential here with the color scheme too.”


#2 HICKORY CRAWDADS

Sean

“Don’t show this to Larry the Lobster. Gonna make him act up. Absolutely unique, love the ball in the lobster claw. Unfortunately, there isn’t much here aside from the uniqueness to be excited about. Little intimidated since the claws are huge, but red and white is pretty simple and the area has a bit of “crawdad” history (Whatever that is).”

Manny

“This is a unique logo, looks like the red lobster logo. It’s baseball related and looks angry. It would’ve been cool if they made the H out of baseball bats but I guess Larry the lobster is here to play.”

Scoop

“I NEED to see this logo square up with the surfing crabs. Just phenomenal.”

Ryan

“Best on the list. I absolutely love this one. The colors, the crawfish on the logo, not to mention every rendition of this logo I found online was a banger. Not very intimidating in the normal sense but I feel like playing a team with a logo that dope can be tough.”

RDT

“”Draw me like one of your french crawdads” – That is what this logo is saying. It’s creative, 0 ounces of intimidation though. It’s not bad at all if you ask me.”


#1 ABERDEEN IRONBIRDS

Sean

“Definitely stands out within the group as the only bird here and it’s one of the most intimidating birds I’ve ever seen, but nothing crazy. The connection with Cal (Iron Man) and being affiliated with the Orioles (Birds), love it. Love the color scheme. I think it’s elite. You don’t really see blue, grey and orange together very often, and it works great.”

Manny

“This logo gives me serious “I’ll be back” Terminator vibes. Overall it’s an OK logo. I am over the whole birds, eagles, pelicans, etc. type of logos that we’ve seen all throughout our Power Rankings series so far and I want to look for something more unique and fun. The black and orange being incorporated gives you a little idea it may be affiliated with either the Giants or O’s.”

Scoop

“This logo screams excellence. I never knew birds could be made out of iron, must be tough staying in the air.”

Ryan

“Not bad, pretty smooth look to the logo. Nothing that really flashes at you but definitely not one of the worst ones on this list. Very consistent all around, the colors blend well together. The bird is intimidating for sure and the name being tied to Cal is a nice touch.”

RDT

“It’s an absolutely 15/10 logo. From the intimidating look as it stares into your soul, the colors, everything about the Iron Man’s team is amazing.”

Complete Rankings

  1. Aberdeen Ironbirds
  2. Hickory Crawdads
  3. Jersey Shore Blueclaws
  4. Wilmington Blue Rocks
  5. Greensboro Grasshoppers
  6. Asheville Tourists
  7. Hudson Valley Renegades
  8. Rome Braves
  9. Bowling Green Hot Rods
  10. Brooklyn Cyclones
  11. Greenville Drive
  12. Winston-Salem Dash

Stay tuned for next week as we power rank the High-A Central!

Be sure to follow on Twitter & Instagram @thethreespot to keep an eye on these logos and build your own draft board for the High-A draft to come 👀!

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