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Morning Mound Visit: MLB announces wood bat league for draft eligible players

The MLB Draft League; MLB’s hostile takeover; What changed for Mike Minor?

Sea Dogs vs. Trenton Thunder Photo by John Ewing/Portland Portland Press Herald via Getty Images In an effort to drum up interest for the draft (and to still benefit from club’s whose team affiliation has been cut), MLB announced the launch of a wood bat league designed specifically to showcase draft eligible players. There are five founding member of the MLB Draft League: the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the State College Spikes, the Trenton Thunder, the West Virginia Black Bears, and the Williamsport Crosscutters.

Marc Normandin | Baseball Prospectus $: MLB’s bullying of the Fresno Grizzlies is a stark reminder that while the minor leagues were in desperate need of reorganization, it didn’t have to be this callous or even openly hostile. MLB has made little attempt at pretending these changes are about anything other than cutting costs.

David Lesky | Royals Review: The Royals signed Mike Minor on Monday to a two-year deal. Minor will pitch in Kansas City two years removed from a season in which he finished 8th in Cy Young Voting and four years removed from his last stint with the Royals. Minor wasn’t nearly as successful in 2020 as he was in 2019, and it wasn’t just small sample noise from a shortened season. What gives?