The High-A East is a 12-team Minor League Baseball league that began operating in the United States in 2021.[1] Along with the High-A Central and High-A West, 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 of six teams formerly of the South Atlantic League, three from the New York–Penn League, two from the Carolina League, and one from the Midwest League.

High-A East
SportBaseball
Founded2021
No. of teams12
CountryUnited States
Most recent
champion(s)
Bowling Green Hot Rods (2021)
Most titlesBowling Green Hot Rods (1)
ClassificationHigh-A

Current teamsEdit

Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Aberdeen IronBirds Baltimore Orioles Aberdeen, Maryland Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium 6,300
Brooklyn Cyclones New York Mets Brooklyn, New York Maimonides Park 7,000
Hudson Valley Renegades New York Yankees Wappingers Falls, New York Dutchess Stadium 4,500
Jersey Shore BlueClaws Philadelphia Phillies Lakewood, New Jersey FirstEnergy Park 8,000
Wilmington Blue Rocks Washington Nationals Wilmington, Delaware Daniel S. Frawley Stadium 6,404
South Asheville Tourists Houston Astros Asheville, North Carolina McCormick Field 4,000
Bowling Green Hot Rods Tampa Bay Rays Bowling Green, Kentucky Bowling Green Ballpark 4,559
Greensboro Grasshoppers Pittsburgh Pirates Greensboro, North Carolina First National Bank Field 7,499
Greenville Drive Boston Red Sox Greenville, South Carolina Fluor Field at the West End 6,700
Hickory Crawdads Texas Rangers Hickory, North Carolina L. P. Frans Stadium 5,062
Rome Braves Atlanta Braves Rome, Georgia State Mutual Stadium 5,105
Winston-Salem Dash Chicago White Sox Winston-Salem, North Carolina Truist Stadium 5,500
  •   South Division
  •   North Division

ChampionsEdit

In the High-A East'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.[2]

Champions
Season Champion Score Runner-up Ref.
2021 Bowling Green Hot Rods 3–2 Greensboro Grasshoppers [3]

AwardsEdit

Four awards were presented in the High-A East's first season: Most Valuable Player, Pitcher of the Year, Top MLB Prospect, and Manager of the Year.[4]

Most Valuable PlayerEdit

Most Valuable Player
Season Winner Team Organization Position BA HR RBI Ref.
2021 Matt Fraizer Greensboro Grasshoppers Pittsburgh Pirates Outfielder .314 20 50 [5]

Pitcher of the YearEdit

Pitcher of the Year
Season Winner Team Organization Record ERA SO Ref.
2021 Quinn Priester Greensboro Grasshoppers Pittsburgh Pirates 7–4 3.04 98 [6]

Top MLB ProspectEdit

Top MLB Prospect
Season Winner Team Organization Position BA HR RBI Ref.
2021 Ronny Mauricio Brooklyn Cyclones New York Mets Shortstop .242 19 63 [7]

Manager of the YearEdit

Manager of the Year
Season Winner Team Organization Division Finish Record Refs.
2021 Jeff Smith Bowling Green Hot Rods Tampa Bay Rays South 1st 82–36 [8][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Mayo, Jonathan (February 12, 2021). "MLB Announces New Minors Teams, Leagues". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  2. ^ Heneghan, Kelsie (July 1, 2021). "Playoffs Return to the Minor Leagues". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  3. ^ Avallone, Michael (September 29, 2021). "Bowling Green Rolls to High-A East Crown". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  4. ^ "Postseason All-Stars". Minor League Baseball. Archived from the original on October 8, 2021. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  5. ^ "Matt Fraizer Amateur & Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  6. ^ "Quinn Priester Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  7. ^ "Ronny Mauricio Minor & Winter Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  8. ^ "Jeff Smith Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  9. ^ "2021 High-A East". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 9, 2021.

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