The 2020 baseball season saw a lot of changes brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic…the entire minor league baseball season was cancelled as was college baseball and the college draft was cut down.

Major League Baseball and the Prep Baseball Report; along with five others have formed an MLB Draft League. The new league will feature the top collegiate prospects that are eligible for the MLB draft. The first of its kind, the League will include a 68 game season with teams in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New Jersey.

The teams created so far include the Mahoning Valley Scrapers, the State College Spikes, the Trenton Thunder, the West Virginia Black Bears, and the Williamsport Crosscutters; with a sixth team in the works.

The new league will offer MLB scouts an opportunity to see the top prospects for the draft in a central location with a minimal amount of travel.

The PBR will provide staffing, recruitment, administrative operations, and onfield operations; as well as, offering their access to media and technology platforms.

Baseball players are eligible for the draft once they graduate from high school or once they reach junior status in college. College freshmen and sophomores are not eligible to the draft but can play summer ball. With that in mind, the Appalachian League has become a wood bat league to help develop them for a future career in baseball.

Former coach, scouting supervisor, and recruiter Kerrick Jackson will serve as President of the new MLB Draft League.

MLB Executive Vice President of Baseball Economics and Operations Morgan Sword spoke on the new league saying, 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.”

President of Prep Baseball Report Sean Duncan added, “we are honored to work with these ownership groups and Major League Baseball to assure the future of impactful, high-level baseball to the region and continue the legacy of deep community involvement from all of these teams. With more than 150 scouts and operations personnel coast-to-coast at the high school, collegiate and junior college levels, we take great pride in our ability to identify the nation’s top amateur draft prospects, which will ultimately make the MLB Draft League the preeminent league for draft-eligible players.”