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Frontier League’s Annual Tryout Camp and Draft Set For April 25-26

FRONTIER LEAGUE ANNOUNCES 2022 TRYOUT CAMP & DRAFT

The Frontier League of Professional Baseball has announced that their 29th annual Tryout Camp and Draft will be held on Monday, April 25 and Tuesday, April 26 at Y’alls Ballpark in Florence, Kentucky.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE 2022 TRYOUT CAMP AND DRAFT 

All 16 Frontier League teams will be represented at the workouts, and scouts from multiple Major League Baseball teams also attend each season.  Representatives from other independent leagues participate as well.  Advance registration is available at frontierleaguetryouts.eventbrite.com.

The workouts officially begin at 9:00 AM on April 25 and will feature running, fielding and throwing drills for infielders, outfielders, and catchers, and batting practice for position players while pitchers will throw 15-20 pitch bullpens.  Following the first day, the field managers will post a list of players invited back for inter-squad games on April 26.  Immediately following the conclusion of the games, an on-site draft will be conducted.

All players attending the Tryout Camp and Draft will receive analytic data of their performance, including pitch speed and spin rates for pitchers and launch angles and exit velocities for hitters.

An average of 35 players have been drafted and signed to spring training contracts over the past eleven seasons.  Several draftees have gone on to be signed by Major League Baseball organizations, with four having ascended to the Major Leagues (Chris Jakubauskas, Seattle; Josh Smoker, New York Mets; Chris Smith, Toronto; and Robert Stock, San Diego).  Two players from the 2021 Tryout Camp and Draft signed with MLB organizations, while Ryan Hennen was voted Rookie of the Year and Pitcher of the Year.

“Every year teams find impact players out of the Tryout Camp and Draft, and in each of the past 11 seasons at least one attendee has been signed by a MLB organization after beginning play in the Frontier League,” commented Frontier League Deputy Commissioner Steve Tahsler.  “Y’alls Ballpark is a great facility and easily accessible.  We expect another strong turnout as our teams finalize their spring training rosters.”

Y’alls Ballpark is located at exit 180 off I-71/75 in northern Kentucky, 10 miles from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and 13 miles south of downtown Cincinnati.

All players trying out must wear turf shoes or molded cleats.  Players attempting to enter Y’alls Ballpark with metal cleats will be disqualified from the workouts.  In addition, there is a strict no seed policy at the stadium, and all tryout participants are not permitted to bring seeds into the facility.

The Frontier League of Professional Baseball is an official Partner League of Major League Baseball and the largest of its kind in professional baseball.  The Frontier League has moved over 1,000 players to MLB Teams in its 29-year history.  The 2022 Frontier League season opens on Thursday, May 12.  Please visit www.frontierleague.com.

Frontier League Announces Their 2018 Tryout Camp and Draft

2018 FRONTIER LEAGUE TRYOUT CAMP & DRAFT APRIL 23-24

The 26th annual Frontier League Tryout Camp and Draft will be held on Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24 at UC Health Stadium in Florence, Kentucky, home of the Florence Freedom.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE 2018 FRONTIER LEAGUE TRYOUT CAMP AND DRAFT

All 12 Frontier League teams will be represented at the workouts, and scouts from multiple Major League Baseball teams also attend.  Representatives from other independent league participate as well.  Advance registration is available at www.frontierleague.com/tryouts  while walk-up registration will begin at 8:00 AM on Monday, April 23.

The workouts officially begin at 9:00 AM on April 23 and will feature a 60-yard dash, fielding and throwing drills for infielders, outfielders, and catchers, and batting practice for position players while pitchers will throw 15-20 pitch bullpens.  Following the first day, the field managers will post a list of players invited back for inter-squad games on April 24.  At the conclusion of the games, action will break for 30 minutes as clubs and prepare for the draft.

An average of 35 players each season have been drafted and signed to spring training contracts over the past eight years.  Each year, at least one tryout camp participant has appeared in the Frontier League’s All-Star Game. Several draftees have gone on to be signed by Major League Baseball organizations, with three draftees having ascended to the Major Leagues (Chris Jakubauskas, Seattle/Pittsburgh/Baltimore; Josh Smoker, New York Mets; and Chris Smith, Toronto).

Eleven tryout attendees have been signed by MLB clubs during the season over the past six years.

“Florence is a great location for our Tryout Camp and Draft, and we had strong results the two previous times that the Freedom have hosted,” commented Deputy Commissioner Steve Tahsler.  “Home to the 2017 West Division champions, UC Health Stadium is a top-notch facility and easily accessible from I-71/75 along with being just 15 minutes from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport”.

The Frontier League is entering its 26th season in 2018 and features 12 teams stretching from Pennsylvania to Missouri and from Kentucky to northern Michigan.  The Frontier League annually advances the most players to MLB organizations of any of the independent leagues. Over 100 players have signed with MLB clubs since the start of the 2015 season, and 32 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.

UC Health Stadium is located at exit 180 off I-71/75 in Kentucky, about 12 miles south of downtown Cincinnati.  For more information, please visit www.frontierleague.com or contact the Frontier League offices at 618.215.4134 or office@frontierleague.com.

IMPORTANT: As per the manufacturer’s warranty for the artificial playing surface at UC Health Stadium, all players trying out must wear turf shoes or molded cleats. No metal cleats will be allowed. This policy is the same that is in effect for all events at UC Health Stadium. Players attempting to enter UC Health Stadium with metal cleats will be immediately disqualified from the workouts.  In addition, there is a strict NO SEED policy at the stadium, and all tryout hopefuls, and fans watching, are not permitted to bring seeds into the facility.

So… what are your chances as a player?

Last year, I followed the players drafted after the tryout camp.

26 players were drafted, 16 were on an Opening Day roster. But by All-Star break, only 7 players remained.

Check out the links below to see what happened to all the players in the 2017 Frontier League Draft.

2017 Frontier League Draft Results

2017 Frontier League Draft Class – Who Are They?

2017 Frontier League Draft Class – Opening Day 

2017 Frontier League Draft Class – One Month Later

2017 Frontier League Draft Class – Mid-Season Update