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#61 NewMarketSean

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Posted 09 December 2020 - 01:33 PM

Kinda sucks for Frederick.
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Posted 09 December 2020 - 01:42 PM

Kinda sucks for Frederick.

Yes it does.  It bothers me how easily MLB throws away long term relationships, but money talks.


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Posted 09 December 2020 - 01:46 PM

I kind of get it. Frederick is the odd man out. Worst stadium of the affiliates and a field that routinely gets criticized. But you’d think the closest affiliate to Baltimore would be more than the short season team. I mean I guess it’ll be fun to see the newly drafted guys for a few weeks during the summer. But I wouldn’t be shocked to see the city try to go the independent route to get the stadium more use each year. Especially after it’s been dark for an entire year during Covid.
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Posted 09 December 2020 - 02:03 PM

There aren't very many positives to come out of this but for the 4 full-season affiliates now in place for each team, agreements are for 10 years instead of 2 years. So more stability there. 

 

The situation is also still fluid. Teams can elect to not sign the contract and one of the teams left out, like Frederick, can move back in.


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Posted 09 December 2020 - 02:22 PM

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Posted 09 December 2020 - 02:37 PM

I kind of get it. Frederick is the odd man out. Worst stadium of the affiliates and a field that routinely gets criticized. But you’d think the closest affiliate to Baltimore would be more than the short season team. I mean I guess it’ll be fun to see the newly drafted guys for a few weeks during the summer. But I wouldn’t be shocked to see the city try to go the independent route to get the stadium more use each year. Especially after it’s been dark for an entire year during Covid.

 

Just to clarify, Frederick joining the MLB Draft League will be mainly for college juniors and seniors looking to get some additional playing time before the new mid-July draft. So for most of the MLB Draft League season, these players will be unaffiliated and will be heavily scouted by teams' amateur scouting departments.

 

I haven't heard what happens in the second half of the league once the draft concludes but I cannot imagine teams nor other agencies will allow their clients to participate unless their contract is finalized and if the club approves (though at that point, I'd assume they'll just send those signed draftees to the FL/AZ complexes for instructional leagues). 


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Posted 09 December 2020 - 02:39 PM

Yeah, sounds like Frederick is now in a poor man's version of the Cape Cod league.



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Posted 09 December 2020 - 02:54 PM

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Keys part ways with Orioles, join MLB Draft League | News | fredericknewspost.com


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Posted 09 December 2020 - 03:33 PM

Yeah, sounds like Frederick is now in a poor man's version of the Cape Cod league.

 

Yes and no. Technically MLB is going to actually tout the MLB Draft League as a step-up from the Cape Cod League.


However, in reality, I don't envision that being the case as it is going to be a bit of apples to oranges comparison. Most of the collegiate athletes that play in the Cape Cod league do so in between their sophomore and junior years. As far as I've learned, the MLB Draft League will be for juniors heading in to their senior year that are eligible for the draft that same year. This is only possible due to the draft moving from early June back to mid-July, giving college players a full month and a half of extra game-time.

 

However, I personally (as well as other agencies) are of the mindset that the league may not attract upper-level, round 1-2 talent because the risk of injury or poor performance in the league may hurt draft stock. I think you'll see many more interested players that fall in the middle draft rounds looking to improve their stock (or interest from guys who suffered injuries during the season to get more play time and at-bats/innings on tape). 

 

It'll be interesting to see. It's definitely a brand new era of baseball as it relates to amateur and minor league baseball.


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Posted 09 December 2020 - 05:45 PM

There aren't very many positives to come out of this but for the 4 full-season affiliates now in place for each team, agreements are for 10 years instead of 2 years. So more stability there. 

 

The situation is also still fluid. Teams can elect to not sign the contract and one of the teams left out, like Frederick, can move back in.

 

Are all of the agreements for 10 years? I've seen speculation about some of the excluded teams trying to get back into affiliated ball as soon as 2022. 



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Posted 09 December 2020 - 05:50 PM

Just to clarify, Frederick joining the MLB Draft League will be mainly for college juniors and seniors looking to get some additional playing time before the new mid-July draft. So for most of the MLB Draft League season, these players will be unaffiliated and will be heavily scouted by teams' amateur scouting departments.

I haven't heard what happens in the second half of the league once the draft concludes but I cannot imagine teams nor other agencies will allow their clients to participate unless their contract is finalized and if the club approves (though at that point, I'd assume they'll just send those signed draftees to the FL/AZ complexes for instructional leagues).


Yeah I realized that after the post. That’s even worse. Basically gonna be glorified American Legion games.
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Posted 09 December 2020 - 06:03 PM

Silver lining is I’m gonna get season tickets to see the improved talent at Aberdeen every year now since I live so close. (Once it’s safe to do so of course.)




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