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2018 FUTURES

2018 Futures

This Year once again he Mid-West Baseball League will be supporting MLB’s Top 100 Prospects.
Former owner of the Iron City Yinzers Jonathan Mayo, along with his colleague Jim Callis – will bring us the 2018 MWBL FUTURES.

Thanks Jonathan & Jim, you guys do a great job at mlb.com & the Mid-West Baseball League is once again proud to have called you our own.

The MWBL always has an eye toward the future, & looks at which MWBL Franchises may have the brightest future ahead of them. The formula used for the “MWBL FUTURES” list is based on a 100-point system. The Top Prospect, according to Jonathan Mayo & Jim Callis of MLB.COM, receives 100 points, the second rated prospect receives 99 points, this continues until the #100th prospect, who receives 1 point.

Each MWBL franchise will then have the points totaled for their prospects, which gives us an overall number and produces our “MWBL FUTURES” list. Here is the much-anticipated list for “MWBL FUTURE”.

2018 PROSPECTS & POINTS / 2018 TOTAL TEAM POINTS / 2018 DRAFT POINTS
2018 YEARLY RANKING / 2018 PRE-DRAFT RANKINGS
 

BRENDAN RODGERS GOES #1 TO SOUTHWEST DETROIT FIGHTING CHIHUAHUAS

Brendan-Rodgers-2018-ChihuahuasWith the first selection in the 2018 Mid-West Baseball League Draft the Southwest Detroit Fighting Chihuahuas Select Brendan Rodgers of the Colorado Rockies Organization.

A right-handed hitter, Rodgers generates more power than most middle infielders, thanks to his combination of bat speed and strength. He doesn’t overswing and has good feel for hitting, so he should hit for average as well as pop once he makes some adjustments. He could use more patience at the plate and will have to alter his pull-heavy approach so he can better deal with offspeed pitches on the outer half.
When Rodgers was an amateur, scouts debated whether he could stay at shortstop. He’s not quite as quick or rangy as the typical shortstop, but he’s a good athlete with a strong arm who could be an average defender there. He could make more of a defensive impact if he shifts to second base (where he saw extensive action last year) or third base, and his bat should allow him to profile anywhere.

Once again the Detroit Fighting Chihuahuas Select Brendan Rodgers with the #1 Pick in the 2018 Mid-West Baseball League Draft

2018 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE’S

The Mid-West Baseball League Commissioners Office is proud to announce the following Six players have been inducted into the Mid-West Baseball League Hall of Fame –Todd Helton, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Greg Maddux, Larry Walker & by the way of the Veterans Committee Carlos Delgado.

Here are the results of the 2018 Mid-West Baseball League Hall of Fame Voting Results.

These Six inductees will make up the Hall of Fame Class of the 2018 of the Mid-West Baseball League. 

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2017 MWBL CHRISTMAS CLASSIC HOME RUN DERBY

Mesa, Arizona – For the fourth year now the Mid-West Baseball League Christmas Classic history took place in Mesa, Arizona.   Hohokam Park was renovated in 2014 to a state of the art facility in the heart of Mesa. The Christmas Classic tradition continues in 2017, as Hohokam Park opened its gates to a record breaking crowd of just over 10,007 fans, 6 more heads in attendance since last years Classic.  This year’s weather was a perfect 68 degrees with a little cloud cover & a perfect afternoon for the 2017 MWBL Christmas Classic.

Khris-Davis2017-CC2017 had a two timer winner in Miguel Cabrera as a participant, along with plenty of veterans of the Mid-West Baseball League & the Christmas Classic itself.   The cast of the 2017 Christmas Classic can be found here. This would be a great show for the fans & give great exposure for the league itself.  A perfect way to showcase some of the leagues best bats. Continue reading

2017 CHRISTMAS CLASSIC PARTICIPANTS ANNOUNCED

The 2017 Christmas Classic will be held on Christmas Eve – December 24th, 2017 in Honolulu Hawaii at Hohokam Park.

How does the MWBL going to handle the Christmas Classic Home Run Derby?  This is an idea that came from a league (BUNT), that the Commissioner checks out from time to time.  Dave Snyderman one of the members came up with the idea a few years ago and which has been refined somewhat as they went along.  The MWBL refined the idea a little more, and adopted the concept for the Christmas Classic Home Run Derby.

Representing the American & National League teams they finished 2017 with, will be the following twelve (12) players.  (New this season – No Mid-West Baseball League Franchise will have more than one representative.

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