Double-A (baseball)

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Double-A baseball game in action: New Hampshire Fisher Cats

Double-A (or Class AA) is the second highest level of play in Minor League Baseball (MiLB) in the United States after Triple-A. There are thirty Double-A teams in three leagues at this classification: Eastern League, Southern League, and the Texas League.[1]

System[edit]

The Double-A classification usually hosts developing players that have been part of professional baseball for only a couple of years. These players can get to the Double-A level by earning a promotion from any of the Single-A or Rookie leagues.[2] Players often advance directly to the majors from this level, as the level of competition is higher. This is in contrast to Triple-A, which is typically stocked with minor and major league veterans who have been in the minor league system for a longer period of time.[3] A small handful of players might be placed in Double-A to start, usually veterans from foreign leagues or top prospects out of college. The step up to the Double-A level can be one of the hardest promotions for such players because it is the level at which pitchers need to have a good off-speed pitch in their repertoire. In addition, it is the level where fastball-only hitters need to learn how to hit off-speed pitches, or their hopes of advancing to the majors will diminish.[3] Major League teams sometimes send players to play at the Double-A level to rehabilitate from injuries.[2]

Because players are not moving back and forth from the Major Leagues at this level, the rosters tend to be more stable.[4] Fans of Double-A teams have a longer amount of time to get acquainted with the players, which helps create a better relationship between the team and its fans.[4]

Current teams[edit]

Eastern League[edit]

Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
Eastern Division Binghamton Mets New York Mets Binghamton, New York NYSEG Stadium 6,012 [5]
New Britain Rock Cats Colorado Rockies New Britain, Connecticut New Britain Stadium 6,146 [6]
New Hampshire Fisher Cats Toronto Blue Jays Manchester, New Hampshire Northeast Delta Dental Stadium 6,500 [7]
Portland Sea Dogs Boston Red Sox Portland, Maine Hadlock Field 7,368 [8]
Reading Fightin Phils Philadelphia Phillies Reading, Pennsylvania FirstEnergy Stadium 9,000 [9]
Trenton Thunder New York Yankees Trenton, New Jersey Arm & Hammer Park 6,150 [10]
Western Division Akron RubberDucks Cleveland Indians Akron, Ohio Canal Park 9,447 [11]
Altoona Curve Pittsburgh Pirates Altoona, Pennsylvania Peoples Natural Gas Field 7,210 [12]
Bowie Baysox Baltimore Orioles Bowie, Maryland Prince George's Stadium 10,000 [13]
Erie SeaWolves Detroit Tigers Erie, Pennsylvania Jerry Uht Park 6,000 [14]
Harrisburg Senators Washington Nationals Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Metro Bank Park 6,187 [15]
Richmond Flying Squirrels San Francisco Giants Richmond, Virginia The Diamond 9,560 [16]

Southern League[edit]

Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Birmingham Barons Chicago White Sox Birmingham, Alabama Regions Field 8,500 [17]
Chattanooga Lookouts Minnesota Twins Chattanooga, Tennessee AT&T Field 6,362 [18]
Jackson Generals Seattle Mariners Jackson, Tennessee The Ballpark at Jackson 6,000 [19]
Montgomery Biscuits Tampa Bay Rays Montgomery, Alabama Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium 7,000 [20]
Tennessee Smokies Chicago Cubs Kodak, Tennessee Smokies Park 6,412 [21]
South Biloxi Shuckers Milwaukee Brewers Biloxi, Mississippi MGM Park 6,076 [22]
Jacksonville Suns Miami Marlins Jacksonville, Florida Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville 11,000 [23]
Mississippi Braves Atlanta Braves Pearl, Mississippi Trustmark Park 8,480 [24]
Mobile BayBears Arizona Diamondbacks Mobile, Alabama Hank Aaron Stadium 6,000 [25]
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Cincinnati Reds Pensacola, Florida Pensacola Bayfront Stadium 5,038 [26]

Texas League[edit]

Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Arkansas Travelers Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim North Little Rock, Arkansas Dickey-Stephens Park 7,200 [27]
Northwest Arkansas Naturals Kansas City Royals Springdale, Arkansas Arvest Ballpark 7,305 [28]
Springfield Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals Springfield, Missouri Hammons Field 10,486 [29]
Tulsa Drillers Los Angeles Dodgers Tulsa, Oklahoma ONEOK Field 7,833 [30]
South Corpus Christi Hooks Houston Astros Corpus Christi, Texas Whataburger Field 7,050 [31]
Frisco RoughRiders Texas Rangers Frisco, Texas Dr Pepper Ballpark 10,316 [32]
Midland RockHounds Oakland Athletics Midland, Texas Security Bank Ballpark 6,669 [33]
San Antonio Missions San Diego Padres San Antonio, Texas Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium 9,200 [34]

Playoffs[edit]

Unlike the major league and the Triple-A level, two of the three Double-A leagues have their season divided into two parts, the Eastern League being the exception. One team may clinch a spot in the playoffs by winning the division in first half of the season. The teams' records are then cleared and another team will also clinch a playoff slot during the second half. Wild cards are used to fill out the remaining teams. Usually, four teams qualify for the league playoffs. This system is used at the Class A level as well.[35][36][37]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

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  35. ^ "Texas League Playoff Procedures". Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  36. ^ "Eastern League Playoff Procedures". Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  37. ^ "Southern League Playoff Procedures". Retrieved March 28, 2015. 

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