MLB announces formation of Draft League for top prospects

In this June 3, 2019 photo, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during the first round of the draft in Secaucus, N.J. (Julio Cortez/AP)

MLB announced Monday the formation of the MLB Draft League, a showcase aimed at providing top prospects with a platform to gain exposure from fans and big-league clubs.

MLB baseball is partnering with Prep Baseball Report to create the league, the first of its kind in the country, which will feature five founding teams, and hopes to announce a sixth in the coming weeks, playing a 68-game regular season with an annual All-Star Break centred on the July MLB draft.

“We are thrilled to partner with Prep Baseball Report and the founding members of the MLB Draft League to create a one-of-a-kind league that will attract the nation’s top players who are eligible for each year’s MLB draft and allow local fans to see top prospects and future big-league stars in their hometowns. This announcement continues MLB’s commitment to preserving and growing baseball in communities around the United States," said Morgan Sword -- MLB’s executive vice-president of baseball economics and operations -- in a press release.

The founding teams will be the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the State College Spikes, the Trenton Thunder, the West Virginia Black Bears, and the Williamsport Crosscutters.

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