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

Current team locations
Team Founded MLB Affiliation City Stadium Seating
Capacity
Eugene Emeralds 1955 San Francisco Giants Eugene, Oregon PK Park 4,000
Everett AquaSox 1995 Seattle Mariners Everett, Washington Funko Field 3,682
Hillsboro Hops 2013 Arizona Diamondbacks Hillsboro, Oregon Ron Tonkin Field 4,500
Spokane Indians 1983 Colorado Rockies Spokane, Washington Avista Stadium 6,803
Tri-City Dust Devils 2001 Los Angeles Angels Pasco, Washington Gesa Stadium 3,654
Vancouver Canadians 2000 Toronto Blue Jays Vancouver, British Columbia Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium 6,500

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