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SIAP but it looks like this was announced today:
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Major League Baseball, Prep Baseball Report (PBR), and five founding members today announced the formation of the MLB Draft League, which will become the first league in the country focused on top prospects who are eligible to be drafted by MLB Clubs that summer. With the 2021 MLB Draft moved back to July and being held as part of All-Star Week, draft-eligible players will have a unique opportunity to showcase their abilities and gain exposure to MLB Clubs and fans next summer. The new format affirms MLB’s commitment to the region and assures that communities of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New Jersey will continue to host high-caliber baseball and future Major Leaguers for years to come.

The founding members of the MLB Draft League will be the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the State College Spikes, the Trenton Thunder, the West Virginia Black Bears, and the Williamsport Crosscutters. The League is in advanced discussions with a sixth team and hopes to announce in the coming weeks. Plans include a 68-game regular season with an annual All-Star Break centered around the MLB Draft. MLB Draft League participants will receive unprecedented visibility to MLB Club scouts through both in-person observation and state-of-the-art scouting technology, and educational programming designed to prepare them for careers as professional athletes. PBR will provide support for the league’s staffing, player and coach recruitment, on-field operations, and administrative functions. PBR will also use their media and technology platforms to promote the league and its players throughout the season.

Today’s announcement follows the late September announcement of the Appalachian League’s evolution into the premier college wood bat league for the nation’s top rising freshmen and sophomores and is part of MLB’s broader efforts to modernize player development while preserving baseball in the local communities in which it is currently played. More announcements, including additional members of the MLB Draft League, other MLB-sponsored leagues as well as licensed affiliates, will follow in the coming weeks.

Kerrick Jackson will serve as President of the MLB Draft League. Prior to joining PBR, Jackson served as the head coach at Southern University, where he led a nine-win team to the NCAA Tournament in three years. For three years, Jackson was the Midwest Area Scouting Supervisor for the Washington Nationals, overseeing Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas. Jackson served as the recruiting coordinator at the University of Missouri for five years (2010-2015) and has held assistant roles at Nicholls State University, Fairfield University, Emporia State University and Coffeyville Community College. He has coached in the Cape Cod League and New England Collegiate Baseball League.

Morgan Sword, MLB’s Executive Vice President, Baseball Economics & Operations, said: “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.”

Sean Duncan, President of Prep Baseball Report, said: “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.”


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Kerrick Jackson was doing good things at southern. But this is like the 3rd job this offseason he’s gone after. They just don’t have the institutional stability to support the baseball program.

But this league looks cool. It’s going to focus on draft eligible players.


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Prep Baseball Report has put out their top 100 JUCO prospect list. All three LSU commits are on the list.

Dawson Gause - 11
Jason Bollman - 29
Brayden Jobert - 49


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Former LSU and current McLennan CC RHP Riggs Threadgill has committed to Auburn.


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It seems like Threadgill pitched here 5 years ago but it was only 2019, his only season with LSU.

He pitched 13 2/3 innings that season and gave up 17 hits and 14 runs, 11 of them were earned runs. He also walked 10 batters in those 13.2 innings.


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It's official, with the revamp of minor leagues - each team will have a AAA, AA, High A and Low A team.

The annual amateur draft, once 40 rounds, will now be 20 rounds, depressing the need for additional affiliates.

That will funnel some players into the college pool for sure. Most who get drafted will likely sign pro deals with 20 rounds.

Also roster sizes for 22
In 2022: LSU should be in good shape here as well NOW they need to increase baseball schollies with MLB draft news

* Rosters will be capped at 40 (unlimited ’21, 35 normal season)

* Counters stay at 32 (up from 27)

* 25% minimum scholarship rule gone yet again.

Competition Oversight Committee, last week, recommended cutting the minimum number of games to make the NCAA postseason in baseball and softball from 27 to 14. It will now be voted on by the D1 Council.
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some studs in this class we will win the sec a few times with these guys


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Will Safford and Mitchell Sanford are expected to play for the Charlottesville Tom Sox this summer in the valley league. Their team is pretty loaded.


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Former LSU commit, and brother of a current signee, Jacob Pearson was claimed by the Braves in the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft today. He moves from the Twins to the Braves. This is his third org after being drafted by the Angels and traded to the Twins.


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Eric Longenhagen just released a new 2021 draft prospect list on FanGraphs. 50 players.

Jaden Hill, Ian Moller, and Luke Leto are in it.

Luke Leto was previously in the top 10, he's now at 46. Doesn't mean necessarily that we will get him to campus at this point, but it helps. He's looking more and more like a 1B/corner OF based on his defensive ability. R/R 1B types are not always highly thought of in the draft, which could help us.


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Leto
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He's looking more and more like a 1B/corner OF


Prolly finally got a look at the other incoming SS and requested a move.


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Prolly finally got a look at the other incoming SS and requested a move.


Simon's a little taller, but everything about the scouting reports I've read on him remind of Josh Smith.

Leto's reports make me think of Greg Deichmann.

I think we'd be ecstatic to have either of those things come true (especially if we get three years instead of 2 out of them).


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It definitely helps to have the elite guys.



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Tre Morgan has skyrocketed boards just in the past 8 weeks


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Perfect Game has all of their content for free until December 27tu for those interested.


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Mason Auer, a D1 bounceback pitcher/of at San Jac, committed to Oregon. We were recruiting him early on after he entered the transfer portal from Missouri State.


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I saw an interesting thing on Twitter the other day. A kid that is committed to Michigan for baseball is graduating early and enrolling in JUCO for this Spring season. Since this season doesn't count against eligibility (for JUCO), he will still enroll at Michigan in the fall as a true freshman. But it will allow him to get a more competitive spring season under his belt than he would have gotten in high school.

Nothing LSU related, I just thought it was clever. Doesn't change his draft eligibility or anything because he would have been eligible anyway out of HS. May raise his profile a bit so there is some risk for Michigan, but it's still pretty cool.


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It looks like Augustus Milligan is no longer on the roster on LSUsports.net. Nothing has been announced officially, but this usually means they're gone.

That would put LSU at 39 players for the Spring with no roster limits. It would put us a 55/40 for next year.


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I see lots of long hair, beards and mustaches in those pics on lsusports.net. Is coach relaxing his policy or letting them loose for fall ball only?


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