What is the MLB Draft League?
The MLB Draft League is a six-team baseball league featuring a split-season amateur-professional format. The first half of the MLB Draft League season features Draft-eligible players aiming to improve their stock ahead of the annual MLB Draft in July. The League switches to a professional format in the second half, with paid players comprising the six rosters.
First Half (June 1-July 4, 2023): Amateur/Draft-eligible players from the Divisions I-III, NAIA, Junior College and High School (graduating seniors) levels. 30 games per team.
Second Half (July 7-Sept. 2, 2023): Professional players who have exhausted their amateur eligibility. Players receive housing, meal money, travel and weekly compensation. 50 games per team, with a Championship Game on Monday, Sept. 4.
Since its inception in 2021, the MLB Draft League has produced 86 MLB Draft picks and had nearly 50 undrafted free agents sign with a Major League organization. Additionally, four players from the Professional half of the 2022 MLB Draft League season had their contracts purchased by a Major League organization. Click here for a full list of MLB Draft League players selected in the 2021-22 MLB Drafts.
The six MLB Draft League teams – the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the State College Spikes, the West Virginia Black Bears, the Williamsport Crosscutters, the Trenton Thunder and the Frederick Keys – are former Minor League affiliates geographically based in New Jersey, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. All games are played in former Minor League stadiums:
Arm & Hammer Park (Trenton, NJ)
Eastwood Field (Mahoning Valley, OH)
Medlar Field (State College, PA)
Monongalia County Ballpark (Morgantown, WV)
Muncy Bank Ballpark (Williamsport, PA)
Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium (Frederick, MD)
Players are provided housing as well as pre-game and post-game meals free of charge by their MLB Draft League team. All teams in the league have extensive experience providing high-quality housing to players during their time as Minor League teams, and the League is working with teams to ensure all housing meets applicable COVID-19 safety precautions.
The MLB Draft League’s managers and coaches are former Major League players, coaches and instructors who will help prepare the players for careers as professional athletes. Managers from the League’s first two seasons include Coco Crisp, Jedd Gyorko, Jeff Manto, Dave Trembly, Homer Bush, Jesse Litsch and Joe Oliver.
The MLB Draft League relies heavily on technology such as Trackman, Synergy and Rapsodo to help educate and improve players. All of the data and analytics aggregated throughout the MLB Draft League season is shared with the athletes, their college coaches (if applicable) and MLB scouts.
MLB Draft League participants receive unprecedented visibility to MLB Club scouts through both in-person observation and state-of-the-art scouting technology that is shared with all 30 MLB teams. Additionally, all MLB Draft League games are streamed on the League’s website.
The MLB Draft League uses the data and video captured throughout the season to highlight and promote players on social media. For more information about the MLB Draft League, visit mlbdraftleague.com or follow @mlbdraftleague & @draftleaguedata on Twitter, and @mlbdraftleague on Instagram.