A recent topic of interest and scrutiny in the sports world — the salaries of minor league baseball players. It comes after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred made comments defending how much minor leaguers are paid. There are more than 5,000 players in the minor leagues, and the majority make between $4,8000 and $14,700 each year, with most earning less than the federal poverty line. John wolohan, professor of sports law at Syracuse University's David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.