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2021 Minor League Season In Review: Champions, Stat Leaders And More



The minor league season officially concluded Monday with the end of the Triple-A “Final Stretch.”

Here are the champions, best records and stat leaders from the 2021 minor league season.

Batters must have had 351 plate appearances at Triple-A or 324 plate appearances at other full-season levels to qualify. Pitchers must have pitched 104 innings at Triple-A or 96 innings at other full-season levels to qualify.

Teams are listed with their parent club and what level they represent. Players are listed with their parent club followed by the levels they appeared at in 2021.

TEAM

Champions

Triple-A East: Durham Bulls (Rays)

Triple-A West: Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners)

Double-A Northeast: Akron RubberDucks (Indians)

Double-A Central: Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals)

Double-A South: Mississippi Braves (Braves)

High-A East: Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays)

High-A Central: Quad Cities River Bandits (Royals)

High-A West: Eugene Emeralds (Giants)

Low-A East: Charleston RiverDogs (Rays)

Low-A Southeast: Bradenton Marauders (Pirates)

Low-A West: San Jose Giants (Giants)

Best Records

1. Bowling Green Hot Rods (Rays A+) 82-36, .695
2. Charleston RiverDogs (Rays A), 82-38, .683
3. Durham Bulls (Rays AAA) 86-44, .662
4. Quad Cities River Bandits (Royals A+) 77-41, .653
5. Fresno Grizzlies (Rockies A) 74-41, .643
6. San Jose Giants (Giants A), 76-44, .633
7. Tampa Tarpons (Yankees A), 73-43, .629
8. Buffalo Bisons (Blue Jays AAA) 79-47, .627
9. Greensboro Grasshoppers (Pirates A+), 74-46, .617
10. Akron RubberDucks (Indians AA) 73-46, .613
11. Bowie Baysox (Orioles AA) 74-47, .608
12. Somerset Patriots (Yankees AA) 72-47, .605
13. Mississippi Braves (Braves AA) 67-44, .604
T-14. Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners AAA) 78-52, .600
T-14. Down East Wood Ducks (Rangers A) 72-48, .600

INDIVIDUAL

Batting Average

1. Justin Yurchak, Dodgers (A+/AA) .365
2. Julio Rodriguez, Mariners (A+/AA) .347
3. Jose Miranda, Twins (AA/AAA) .344
4. Jose Marmolejos, Mariners (AAA) .338
T-5. Michael Stefanic, Angels (AA/AAA) .336
T-5. Ismael Munguia, Giants (A+) .336
7. Jairo Pomares, Giants (A/A+) .334
8. Braxton Martinez, Angels (A/A+) .331
9. Jonathan Aranda, Rays (A+/AA) .330
10. Euribiel Angeles, Padres (A/A+) .329

On-Base Percentage

1. Khalil Lee, Mets (AAA) .451
2. Justin Yurchak, Dodgers (A+/AA) .443
3. Julio Rodriguez, Mariners (A+/AA) .441
T-4. Jose Marmolejos, Mariners (AAA) .439
T-4. Braxton Martinez, Angels (A/A+) .439
6. Edouard Julien, Twins (A+/AA) .434
7. Cooper Hummel, Brewers/D-backs (AAA) .432
8. Josh Smith, Yankees/Rangers (A/A+/AA) .429
9. Tyler White, Blue Jays (AAA) .424
10. Two tied at .423

Slugging Percentage

1. Jose Marmolejos, Mariners (AAA) .662
T-2. Matt Davidson, Dodgers (AAA) .629
T-2. Jairo Pomares, Giants (A/A+) .629
4. M.J. Melendez, Royals (AA/AAA) .625
5. Drew Ellis, D-backs (AAA) .615
6. Anthony Volpe, Yankees (A/A+) .604
7. Nick Pratto, Royals (AA/AAA) .602
8. Braxton Martinez, Angels (A/A+) .588
9. Josh Lester, Tigers (AA/AAA) .587
10. Juan Yepez, Cardinals (AA/AAA) .586

OPS

1. Jose Marmolejos, Mariners (AAA) 1.111
T2. Anthony Volpe, Yankees (A/A+) 1.027
T2. Braxton Martinez, Angels (A/A+) 1.029
4. Drew Ellis, D-backs (AAA) 1.014
5. M.J. Melendez, Royals (AA/AAA) 1.011
6. Jairo Pomares, Giants (A/A+) 1.007
7. Julio Rodriguez, Mariners (A+/AA) 1.001
8. Matt Davidson, Dodgers (AAA) .995
9. Nick Pratto, Royals (AA/AAA) .988
10. Cooper Hummel, Brewers/D-backs (AAA) .978

 Runs

1. Anthony Volpe, Yankees (A/A+) 113
2. Bobby Witt Jr., Royals (AA/AAA) 99
T3. Nick Pratto, Royals (AA/AAA) 98
T3. Miguel Vargas, Dodgers (A+/AA) 98
5. Jose Miranda, Twins (AA/AAA) 97
6. Andy Pages, Dodgers (A+) 96
T7. Riley Greene, Tigers (AA/AAA) 95
T7. Ryan Kreidler, Tigers (AA/AAA) 95
T7. M.J. Melendez, Royals (AA/AAA) 95
10. Edouard Julien, Twins (A+/AA) 93

Hits 

  1. Jose Miranda, Twins (AA/AAA) 184
  2. Michael Stefanic, Angels (AA/AAA) 165
  3. Miguel Vargas, Dodgers (A+/AA) 154
  4. Riley Greene, Tigers (AA/AAA) 146
  5. Bobby Witt Jr., Royals (AA/AAA) 144
  6. Euribiel Angeles, Padres (A/A+) 143
  7. Otto Lopez, Blue Jays (AA/AAA) 142
  8. Luis Matos, Giants (A) 141
  9. Jose Rodriguez, White Sox (A/A+/AA), 141
  10. Two tied with 140

Doubles

1. Curtis Mead, Rays (A/A+/AAA) 38
T2. Coco Montes, Rockies (AA) 37
T2. Vinnie Pasquantino, Royals (A+/AA) 37
T2. Felix Valerio, Brewers (A/A+) 37
T2. Gage Workman, Tigers (A/A+) 37
T6. C.J. Hinojosa, Astros (AAA) 35
T6. Luis Matos, Giants (A) 35
T6. Anthony Volpe, Yankees (A/A+) 35
T6. Bobby Witt Jr., Royals (AA/AAA) 35
10. Two tied with 34

Triples

1. Jose Azocar, Padres (AA/AAA) 14
2. Alek Thomas, D-backs (AA/AAA) 12
T3. Ricky Aracena, Marlins (A+) 11
T3. David Hamilton, Brewers (A+/AA) 11
T3. Jake McCarthy, D-backs (AA/AAA) 11
T3. Victor Mesa Jr., Marlins (A) 11
T7. Cade Marlowe, Mariners (A/A+/AA) 10
T7. Wander Javier, Twins (A+) 10
10. Four tied with nine

Home Runs

1. M.J. Melendez, Royals (AA/AAA) 41
T2. Griffin Conine, Marlins (A+/AA) 36
T2. Nick Pratto, Royals (AA/AAA) 36
4. Bobby Witt Jr., Royals (AA/AAA) 33
T5. Josh Lester, Tigers (AA/AAA) 32
T5. Ryan McBroom, Royals (AAA) 32
T7. Dermis Garcia, Yankees (AA) 31
T7. Oscar Gonzalez, Indians (AA/AAA) 31
T7. Andy Pages, Dodgers (A+) 31
T7. Carlos Perez, Athletics (AAA) 31

RBIs

1. Cade Marlowe, Mariners (A/A+/AA) 107
2. M.J. Melendez, Royals (AA/AAA) 103
3. Nick Pratto, Royals (AA/AAA) 98
4. Bobby Witt Jr., Royals (AA/AAA) 97
T5. Jose Miranda, Twins (AA/AAA) 94
T5. Aderlin Rodriguez, Tigers (AAA) 94
T7. Greg Bird, Rockies (AAA), 91
T7. Spencer Torkelson, Tigers (A+/AA/AA) 91
10. Three tied with 90 

Stolen Bases 

1. Jayce Easley, Rangers (A) 70
2. Eddy Diaz, Rockies (A/A+) 59
3. Steward Berroa, Blue Jays (A/AA) 58
4. Tyler Tolbert, Royals (Rk/A/A+) 55
T5. David Hamilton, Brewers (A+/AA) 52
T5. Max Schuemann, Athletics (A+/AA/AAA) 52
7. Jordy Barley, Padres/Nationals (A) 45
T8. Luisangel Acuña, Rangers (A) 44
T8. Vidal Brujan, Rays (AAA) 44
T8. Delvin Zinn, Cubs (A+/AA) 44

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Wins

1. Ricardo Pinto, Tigers (AA/AAA) 14
2. Bowden Francis, Brewers/Blue Jays (AA/AAA) 13
T3. Taj Bradley, Rays (A/A+) 12
T3. Mitchell Kilkenny, Rockies (A/A+) 12
T3. Zach Logue, Blue Jays (AA/AAA) 12
6. Seven tied with 11

 ERA

1. Taj Bradley, Rays (A/A+) 1.83
2. Louie Varland, Twins (A/A+) 2.10
3. Jayden Murray, Rays (A+/AA) 2.16
4. Logan T. Allen, Indians (A+/AA) 2.26
5. Max Meyer, Marlins (AA/AAA) 2.27
6. Xzavion Curry, Indians (A/A+/AA) 2.30
7. Matt Brash, Mariners (A+/AA) 2.31
8. Grayson Rodriguez, Orioles (A+/AA) 2.36
9. Caleb Kilian, Giants/Cubs (A+/AA) 2.42
10. Two tied at 2.52

Strikeouts

1. Cade Cavalli, Nationals (A+/AA/AAA) 175
2. Carson Ragsdale, Giants (A) 167
3. Ryan Murphy, Giants (A/A+) 164
T4. Ryne Nelson, D-backs (A+/AA) 164
T4. Ken Waldichuk, Yankees (A+/AA) 163
6. Grayson Rodriguez, Orioles (A+/AA) 161
7. Brandon Pfaadt, D-backs (A/A+/AA) 160
T8. J.P. France, Astros (AA/AAA) 157
T8. Kyle Harrison, Giants (A) 157
10. Bryce Elder, Braves (A+/AA/AAA) 155 T4 

Innings Pitched

1. Bryce Elder, Braves (A+/AA/AAA) 137.2
2. Kyle Wright, Braves (AAA) 137
3. Bowden Francis, Brewers/Blue Jays (AA/AAA) 132.2
4. James Marvel, Pirates (AAA) 131.2
5. Brandon Pfaadt, D-backs (A/A+/AA) 131.2
6. Hayden Wesneski, Yankees (A+/AA/AAA) 130.1
7. Ryan Smith, Angels (A/A+/AA/AAA) 129.1
8. Luis Reyes, Nationals (AAA) 126.2
T9. Zach Logue, Blue Jays (AA/AAA) 125
T9. Adrian Martinez, Padres (AA/AAA) 125 

WHIP

1. Jayden Murray, Rays (A+/AA) 0.71
T2. Peyton Battenfield, Indians (A+/AA) 0.83
T2. Grayson Rodriguez, Orioles (A+/AA) 0.83
4. Antonio Velez, Marlins (A+/AA) 0.86
5. Caleb Kilian, Giants/Cubs (A+/AA) 0.88
6. Xzavion Curry, Indians (A/A+/AA) 0.89
7. Ryan Murphy, Giants (A/A+) 0.91
T8. Logan T. Allen, Indians (A+/AA) 0.93
T8. Taj Bradley, Rays (A/A+) 0.93
10. Two tied at 0.96

Opp. Avg

1. Jayden Murray, Rays (A+/AA) .150
2. Grayson Rodriguez, Orioles (A+/AA) .159
3. M.D. Johnson, Marlins (A/A+) .168
4. Matt Krook, Yankees (AA/AAA) .173
5. Peyton Battenfield, Indians (A+/AA) .175
6. Konnor Pilkington, White Sox/Indians (AA) .177
7. Matt Brash, Mariners (A+/AA) .178
8. Taj Bradley, Rays (A/A+) .180
9. Joey Estes, Braves (A) .181
10. Ryan Murphy, Giants (A/A+) .186

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