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TWO FREE AGENTS DECLARED AFTER 2017 MWBL DRAFT

From the Commissioner Office:

Harrison_Bader17Christin_Stewart17The following two (2) players have been declared MWBL Free Agents and will be eligible to be RE-DRAFTED in the 2018 MWBL Draft.

Bader, Harrison – STL – OF – Chosen by Manhattan Project with Pick #1672 as a Un-Carded Prospect.  This put Manhattan at 13 Un-Carded, which was one (1) over the limit.

Stewart, Christin – DET – OF – Chosen by Long Beach Dirt Bags with Pick #100 as a Un-Carded Prospect.  This put Long Beach at 13 Un-Carded, which was one (1) over the limit.

Both Franchises will be fined a 2018 Prospect Spot & will only be allowed to carry 11 Prospects during the 2018 MWBL Season.

These players will be taken off the 2017 MWBL Data Disk on the next C-File update.  

2017 FUTURES

This Year the Mid-West Baseball League will once again be supporting MLB’s Top 100 Prospects.  Former owner of the Iron City Yinzers Jonathan Mayo, along with his colleague Jim Callis – their list will bring us the 2017 MWBL FUTURES.

Thanks Jonathan & now Jim, you guys do a great job at mlb.com & the MWBL 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”.

2017 PROSPECTS & POINTS / TOTAL TEAM POINTS / 2017 DRAFT POINTS
2017 YEARLY RANKING / 2017 PRE-DRAFT RANKINGS

BRANDON DRURY GOES #1 TO MESA SOLAR SOX

Brandon_Drury2017DraftWith the first selection in the 2017 Mid-West Baseball League Draft the Mesa Solar Sox Select Brandon Drury of the Arizona Diamonbacks.

The right-handed hitting, versatile player has made a very favorable impression on Barry Abrams General Manager of the Mesa Solar Sox. Drury was lost after the 2016 Mid-West Baseball League season, and is now being reacquired by the Solar Sox.
At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, Drury packs some punch behind his solid, well-conditioned frame. He makes hard, consistent contact with a short swing, doesn’t try to pull every pitch, and while his bat isn’t the quickest, he takes pitches he can reach to the opposite field.
Drury gets his entire body in his swing. He has average bat speed, but the effort and strength in his approach help him drive the ball. More a gap hitter than a home run threat at this point, Drury’s power should emerge as he continues to refine his game.
Drury is a capable third baseman, but he has also spent time at both second base and the outfield. Third and second seem to be his most comfortable positions that maximize his defensive skills, he has good hands and projects to be an average defender. He’s a solid and gritty player with improving pitch selection and patience at the plate.
Drury should continue to hit for a solid big league average. His on-base percentage will benefit as he continues to see more pitches. In any scenario, he appears on the team’s radar and could sparkle as a versatile infield resource.

Once again the Mesa Solar Sox Select Brandon Drury with the #1 Pick in the 2017 Mid-West Baseball League Draft

2017 DRAFT DAY SCHEDULED

2017draftThe 2017 Mid-West Baseball League Draft is scheduled for Saturday February 18th, 2017 at 10:30 AM ET.

The 2017 MWBL Draft Order has now been posted including the winning lottery teams & the complete 336 Pick, 12 Round Selection Order has been posted.

The Coconut Creek Crushers won the 2017 Lottery & will have the #1 Pick in the 2017 Mid-West Baseball League Draft.

#2 – Selkirk Steelers#3 Triple Creek Patriots#4 Southwest Detroit Fighting Chihuahuas#5 Southbend Lynx

The 2017 MWBL Draft Order

Again this year will be a later start time of 10:30 AM ET to allow the West Coast Franchise Owners a few extra minutes of sleep.   Please be advised that with this change of start time, the 2017 MWBL Draft will conclude later than normal, so please plan your plans accordingly.

2017 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE’S

The Mid-West Baseball League Commissioners Office is proud to announce the following two players have been inducted into the Mid-West Baseball League Hall of FameIvan Rodriguez & Jim Thome.

Also by the way of the Veterans Committee Mid-West Baseball League Manager Dave Myers of the Tijuana Bottle Rockets.

These three inductees will make up the Mid-West Baseball League Hall of Fame Class of 2017 with inductions held on July 30th, 2017.

Complete 2017 Mid-West Baseball League Hall of Fame Voting Results

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Ivan Rodriguez   Jim Thome