Milb: Double-A Central league

MLB has renamed the divisions in Minor-League baseball.

The teams competing in the newly named Double-A Central League remain mostly the same. Most of the teams come from the Texas League.

The Frisco RoughRiders are expected to have one of the most exciting teams in years take the field at Dr Pepper Ballpark on May 4th. Some of the talent that has been at the lower levels of the Rangers farm system should make their way to Frisco this season. Now is a good time to take a look at the other teams in the newly created Double-A Central league to understand get more insight on each team and their affiliates.

The Double-A Central league is divided into two Divisions, the North Division and the South Division.

All of the teams in the Double-A Central League have affiliations with MLB clubs. They are listed below along with their minor league affiliates and some information about each team’s history, ballpark or notable players/prospects.

We’ll go by Divisions starting with the North and go alphabetically.

North Division

The Arkansas Travelers have been the affiliate of the Seattle Mariners since 2017 and they play at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Dickey-Stephens Park opened in 2007 and can hold up to. They finished in 1st place in the Texas League in 2019 with an overall record of 81-57.

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are the Kansas City Royals affiliate and they play at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Arkansas. The stadium opened in 2000 and seats up to

The Springfield Cardinals have been affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals since 2005 and they play at Hammons Field in Springfield, Missouri. Hammons Field opened in 2004 and seats about 7,986 and is named after John Q Hammons, who funded the construction.

The Tulsa Drillers have been the affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2015 and they play at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The stadium opened in 2013 and can hold up to

The Wichita Wind Surge are a new affiliate with the Minnesota Twins starting in 2021. They will play at Riverfront Stadium in Wichita, Kansas. The stadium was going to open in 2020 but due to Covid-19 the opening was pushed to April of 2021. The ballpark will hold approximately 10,000 fans for baseball games and approximately 12,000 for concerts.

South Division

The Amarillo Sod Poodles are the Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks starting in 2021. They were previously the affiliate of the San Diego Padres. The Sod Poodles first year was in 2019 in which they made their presence known as they won the Texas League Championship. They play at Hodgetown in Amarillo, Texas which seats approximately 6,631 fans.

Notable players that have played for the Sod Poodles in their short existence are Fernando Tatis Jr. (2019)- although he only played in two games he slashed a line of .400/.625/.400/1.025 at the plate.

Taylor Trammell has now been traded but he is currently starting for the Seattle Mariners.

Left handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore is the current #1 ranked prospect. He played for the Sod Poodles in 2019.

The Corpus Christi Hooks are the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros and have veeb since 1997. They play at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas which holds up to 12,000. The Hooks have won three championships in the Texas League and in 2019 finished with a record of 66-73.

The Frisco RoughRiders are owned by a group led by Chuck Greenberg which purchased RoughRiders in 2014. The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and have been since 2003. They play at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas which seats up to 12,000 fans. In 2019, they finished with a record of 67-72. Fans

The Frisco RoughRiders

The Tulsa Drillers are the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers and have been since 2015. Previously they were the Double-A affiliate for the Texas Rangers from 1977 until 2002. The team plays at ONEOK Field in Tulsa, Oklahoma which seats approximately 7,833 fans. They finished 2019 with a 78-61 record.

The Midland RockHounds are the Oakland Athletics double-a affiliate. They play at Momentum Bank Ballpark which can hold up to 6,669 fans on game day. In 2019, the RockHounds finished with a record of 73-66 which was good for for 1st place.

What teams are in the Double-A Central League?

TeamAffiliate BallparkCapacity
Amarillo Sod PoodlesArizona Diamondbacks Hodgetown6,631
Arkansas Travelers Seattle MarinersDickey-Stephens Park7,200
Corpus Christi HooksHouston AstrosWhataburger Field7,679
Frisco RoughRiders Texas Rangers Dr Pepper Ballpark 7,748
Midland RockHounds Oakland Athletics Momentum Bank Ballpark 4,709
Northwest Arkansas Naturals Kansas City Royals Arrest Ballpark7,305
San Antonio Missions San Diego Padres Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium 9,200
Springfield Cardinals St Louis Cardinals Hammons Field10,486
Tulsa DrillersLos Angeles Dodgers OneOk Field7,833
Wichita Wind Surge Minnesota Twins Riverfront Stadium 10,025

The Wichita Wind Surge and the San Antonio Missions are new additions to the League from the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.

The Wind Surge were previously affiliated with the Miami Marlins. The San Antonio Missions were the Triple-A team for the Milwaukee Brewers.

A formal name the the Double-A Central league is expected to be announced at a later date so we’ll see if it remains the Texas League as it’s been known since 1888.