Double-A Central

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Double-A Central
Sport Baseball
Founded 2021
No. of teams 10
Country United States
Most recent champion(s) Northwest Arkansas Naturals (2021)
Most titles Northwest Arkansas Naturals (1)
Classification Double-A

The Double-A Central is a 10-team Minor League Baseball league that began operating in the United States in 2021.[1] Along with the Double-A Northeast and the Double-A South, it is one of three leagues playing at the Double-A level, which is two grades below Major League Baseball (MLB). The league was created in 2021 in conjunction with MLB's reorganization of the minor leagues.[1] The league is made up of eight teams formerly of the Texas League and two formerly of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.[2][3]

Current teams

Division Team Current MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Arkansas Travelers Seattle Mariners North Little Rock, Arkansas Dickey–Stephens Park 7,200[4]
Northwest Arkansas Naturals Kansas City Royals Springdale, Arkansas Arvest Ballpark 7,305[5]
Springfield Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals Springfield, Missouri Hammons Field 10,486[6]
Tulsa Drillers Los Angeles Dodgers Tulsa, Oklahoma ONEOK Field 7,833[7]
Wichita Wind Surge Minnesota Twins Wichita, Kansas Riverfront Stadium 12,000
South Amarillo Sod Poodles Arizona Diamondbacks Amarillo, Texas Hodgetown 6,631[8]
Corpus Christi Hooks Houston Astros Corpus Christi, Texas Whataburger Field 7,679[9]
Frisco RoughRiders Texas Rangers Frisco, Texas Riders Field 10,316[10]
Midland RockHounds Oakland Athletics Midland, Texas Momentum Bank Ballpark 6,669[11]
San Antonio Missions San Diego Padres San Antonio, Texas Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium 9,200

Champions

In the Double-A Central's first season, the two teams with the highest winning percentages in the regular season competed in a best-of-five series to determine the league champion.[12]

Champions
Season Champion Score Runner-up Ref.
2021 Northwest Arkansas Naturals 3–0 Wichita Wind Surge [13]

Awards

Four awards were presented in the Double-A Central's first season: Most Valuable Player, Pitcher of the Year, Top MLB Prospect, and Manager of the Year.[14]

Most Valuable Player

Most Valuable Player
Season Winner Team Organization Position BA HR RBI Ref.
2021 Melendez, MJMJ Melendez Northwest Arkansas Naturals Kansas City Royals First baseman .285 28 65 [15]

Pitcher of the Year

Pitcher of the Year
Season Winner Team Organization Record ERA SO Ref.
2021 Winn, ColeCole Winn Frisco RoughRiders Texas Rangers 3–3 2.31 97 [16]

Top MLB Prospect

Top MLB Prospect
Season Winner Team Organization Position BA HR RBI Ref.
2021 Witt Jr., BobbyBobby Witt Jr. Northwest Arkansas Naturals Kansas City Royals Shortstop .295 16 51 [17]

Manager of the Year

Manager of the Year
Season Winner Team Organization Division Finish Record Refs.
2021 Borrego, RamonRamon Borrego Wichita Wind Surge Minnesota Twins North 1st 69–51 [18][19]

References

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