The Low-A West is an eight-team Minor League Baseball league that began operating in California in 2021.[1] Along with the Low-A East and Low-A Southeast, it is one of three leagues playing at the Low-A level, which is four 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 seven former members of the Class A-Advanced California League and one former member of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.[2][3]

Low-A West
SportBaseball
Founded2021
No. of teams8
CountryUnited States
Most recent
champion(s)
San Jose Giants (2021)
Most titlesSan Jose Giants (1)
ClassificationLow-A

Current teamsEdit

  – North Division
  – South Division
Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Fresno Grizzlies Colorado Rockies Fresno, California Chukchansi Park 10,650
Modesto Nuts Seattle Mariners Modesto, California John Thurman Field 4,000
San Jose Giants San Francisco Giants San Jose, California Excite Ballpark 4,200
Stockton Ports Oakland Athletics Stockton, California Banner Island Ballpark 5,300
South Inland Empire 66ers Los Angeles Angels San Bernardino, California San Manuel Stadium 8,000
Lake Elsinore Storm San Diego Padres Lake Elsinore, California Lake Elsinore Diamond 7,866
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Los Angeles Dodgers Rancho Cucamonga, California LoanMart Field 6,200
Visalia Rawhide Arizona Diamondbacks Visalia, California Valley Strong Ballpark 2,468

ChampionsEdit

In the Low-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.[4]

Champions
Season Champion Score Runner-up Ref.
2021 San Jose Giants 3–0 Fresno Grizzlies [5]

AwardsEdit

Four awards were presented in the Low-A West's first season: Most Valuable Player, Pitcher of the Year, Top MLB Prospect, and Manager of the Year.[6]

Most Valuable PlayerEdit

Most Valuable Player
Season Winner Team Organization Position BA HR RBI Ref.
2021 Luis Matos San Jose Giants San Francisco Giants Outfielder .313 15 86 [7]

Pitcher of the YearEdit

Pitcher of the Year
Season Winner Team Organization Record ERA SO Ref.
2021 Kyle Harrison San Jose Giants San Francisco Giants 4–3 3.19 157 [8]

Top MLB ProspectEdit

Top MLB Prospect
Season Winner Team Organization Position BA HR RBI Ref.
2021 Zac Veen Fresno Grizzlies Colorado Rockies Outfielder .301 15 75 [9]

Manager of the YearEdit

Manager of the Year
Season Winner Team Organization Division Finish Record Refs.
2021 Robinson Cancel Fresno Grizzlies Colorado Rockies North 1st 74–41 [10][11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Mayo, Jonathan (February 12, 2021). "MLB Announces New Minors Teams, Leagues". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  2. ^ "California League (Adv A) Encyclopedia and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  3. ^ "Pacific Coast League (AAA) Encyclopedia and History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved February 12, 2012.
  4. ^ Heneghan, Kelsie (July 1, 2021). "Playoffs Return to the Minor Leagues". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  5. ^ Trujillo, Nick (September 25, 2021). "San Jose Wins Low-A West Title". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  6. ^ "Postseason All-Stars". Minor League Baseball. Archived from the original on October 10, 2021. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  7. ^ "Luis Matos Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  8. ^ "Kyle Harrison Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  9. ^ "Zac Veen Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  10. ^ "Robinson Cancel Minor, Independent, Winter & Mexican Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  11. ^ "2021 Low-A West". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 10, 2021.