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MLB Draft League

Definition

Announced in November 2020, the MLB Draft League will give eligible prospects a chance to showcase their abilities and gain exposure prior to the MLB Draft.

The league is expected to include a 68-game regular season with an annual All-Star break centered around the Draft, which will take place in July starting in 2021 after previously being held in June.

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers, State College Spikes, Trenton Thunder, West Virginia Black Bears and Williamsport Crosscutters have been announced as founding members. These teams were previously affiliated with Minor League Baseball but were reassigned as part of MLB's reorganization of Minor League Baseball in November 2020.

Meanwhile, the independent American Association, Frontier League, Atlantic League and Pioneer League have been designated as Partner Leagues of MLB, and the Appalachian League has been converted into a collegiate wood-bat summer league. The Pioneer League and Appalachian League were previously Minor League Baseball affiliates as well.