High-A West
SportBaseball
Founded2021
No. of teams6
CountriesCanada, United States
Most recent
champion(s)
Eugene Emeralds (2021)
Most titlesEugene Emeralds (1)
ClassificationHigh-A

The High-A West is a six-team Minor League Baseball league that began operating in the Pacific Northwest United States and Western Canada in 2021.[1] Along with the High-A Central and High-A East, it is one of three leagues playing at the High-A level, which is three 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 former members of the Class A Short Season Northwest League.[2]

Current teams

Champions

In the High-A West'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.[3]

Champions
Season Champion Score Runner-up Ref.
2021 Eugene Emeralds 3–1 Spokane Indians [4]

Awards

Four awards were presented in the High-A West's first season: Most Valuable Player, Pitcher of the Year, Top MLB Prospect, and Manager of the Year.[5]

Most Valuable Player

Most Valuable Player
Season Winner Team Organization Position BA HR RBI Ref.
2021 Cade Marlowe Everett AquaSox Seattle Mariners Outfielder .259 20 77 [6]

Pitcher of the Year

Pitcher of the Year
Season Winner Team Organization Record ERA SO Ref.
2021 Mitchell Kilkenny Spokane Indians Colorado Rockies 9–1 3.95 71 [7]

Top MLB Prospect

Top MLB Prospect
Season Winner Team Organization Position BA HR RBI Ref.
2021 Spencer Horwitz Vancouver Canadians Toronto Blue Jays First baseman .290 10 62 [8]

Manager of the Year

Manager of the Year
Season Winner Team Organization Finish Record Refs.
2021 Dennis Pelfrey Eugene Emeralds San Francisco Giants 1st 69–50 [9][10]

References

  1. ^ a b Mayo, Jonathan (February 12, 2021). "MLB Announces New Minors Teams, Leagues". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  2. ^ "Northwest League (Short-Season A) Encyclopedia and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  3. ^ Heneghan, Kelsie (July 1, 2021). "Playoffs Return to the Minor Leagues". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  4. ^ Terranova, Rob (September 25, 2021). "Emeralds Claim Third Championship in Five Seasons". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  5. ^ "Postseason All-Stars". Minor League Baseball. Archived from the original on October 8, 2021. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  6. ^ "Cade Marlowe Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  7. ^ "Mitchell Kilkenny Amateur, College & Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  8. ^ "Spencer Horwitz College, Amateur & Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  9. ^ "Dennis Pelfrey Independent & Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  10. ^ "2021 High-A West". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 9, 2021.

Further reading