Double-A South
SportBaseball
Founded2021
No. of teams8
CountryUnited States
Most recent
champion(s)
Mississippi Braves (2021)
Most titlesMississippi Braves (1)
ClassificationDouble-A

The Double-A South is an eight-team Minor League Baseball league that began operating in the United States in 2021.[1] Along with the Double-A Central and the Double-A Northeast, 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 entirely of teams formerly of the Southern League.[2]

Current teams

Division Team Current MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Birmingham Barons Chicago White Sox Birmingham, Alabama Regions Field 8,500[3]
Chattanooga Lookouts Cincinnati Reds Chattanooga, Tennessee AT&T Field 6,362[4]
Rocket City Trash Pandas Los Angeles Angels Madison, Alabama Toyota Field 7,000[5]
Tennessee Smokies Chicago Cubs Kodak, Tennessee Smokies Stadium 6,412[6]
South Biloxi Shuckers Milwaukee Brewers Biloxi, Mississippi MGM Park 6,076[7]
Mississippi Braves Atlanta Braves Pearl, Mississippi Trustmark Park 8,480[8]
Montgomery Biscuits Tampa Bay Rays Montgomery, Alabama Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium 7,000[9]
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Miami Marlins Pensacola, Florida Admiral Fetterman Field at Community Maritime Park 5,038[10]

Champions

In the Double-A South'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.[11]

Champions
Season Champion Score Runner-up Ref.
2021 Mississippi Braves 3–2 Montgomery Biscuits [12]

Awards

Four awards were presented in the Double-A South's first season: Most Valuable Player, Pitcher of the Year, Top MLB Prospect, and Manager of the Year.[13]

Most Valuable Player

Most Valuable Player
Season Winner Team Organization Position BA HR RBI Ref.
2021 Jonathan Aranda Montgomery Biscuits Tampa Bay Rays First baseman .325 10 58 [14]

Pitcher of the Year

Pitcher of the Year
Season Winner Team Organization Record ERA SO Ref.
2021 Max Meyer Pensacola Blue Wahoos Miami Marlins 6–3 2.41 113 [15]

Top MLB Prospect

Top MLB Prospect
Season Winner Team Organization Position BA HR RBI Ref.
2021 Shea Langeliers Mississippi Braves Atlanta Braves Catcher .258 22 52 [16]

Manager of the Year

Manager of the Year
Season Winner Team Organization Division Finish Record Refs.
2021 Dan Meyer Mississippi Braves Atlanta Braves South 1st 67–44 [17][18]

References

  1. ^ a b Mayo, Jonathan (February 12, 2021). "MLB Announces New Minors Teams, Leagues". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  2. ^ "Southern League (AA) Encyclopedia and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  3. ^ "Regions Field Birmingham Barons". Minor League Baseball. January 27, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  4. ^ Knight, Graham (July 27, 2010). "AT&T Field". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  5. ^ Gattis, Paul (April 15, 2019). "Countdown is on: 1 year from today until first Trash Pandas game in Madison". AL.com. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  6. ^ Reichard, Kevin (May 1, 2015). "Smokies Park / Tennessee Smokies". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  7. ^ Harris, Chris (February 12, 2015). "A Walking Tour of MGM Park". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Mississippi Braves Stadium Information". Minor League Baseball. November 13, 2008. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Riverwalk Stadium Information". Minor League Baseball. February 25, 2013. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  10. ^ Pillon, Dennis (April 20, 2012). "Pensacola's Class AA Baseball Fever Still Going Strong". Press-Register. Mobile. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  11. ^ Heneghan, Kelsie (July 1, 2021). "Playoffs Return to the Minor Leagues". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  12. ^ Sheehan, Stephanie (September 26, 2021). "Rangel Steers Braves to Double-A South Crown". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  13. ^ "Postseason All-Stars". Minor League Baseball. Archived from the original on October 8, 2021. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  14. ^ "Jonathan Aranda Minor & Winter Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  15. ^ "Max Meyer College & Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  16. ^ "Shea Langeliers Amateur, College & Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  17. ^ "Dan Meyer Minor, Winter & Independent Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  18. ^ "2021 Double-A South". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 8, 2021.

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