The Double-A Central is a 10-team Minor League Baseball league that began operating in the United States in 2021. 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. The league is made up of eight teams formerly of the Texas League and two formerly of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.
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.
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.
Most Valuable Player
Pitcher of the Year
Top MLB Prospect
Manager of the Year