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New Player Eligibility Rules for the Frontier League

During the offseason, the Frontier League renewed their contract with the California Winter League.

This agreement between the CWL and the Frontier League has made the CWL the exclusive winter league of the Frontier.

To honor that agreement, the Frontier League has changed some of their eligibility rules for the 2018 season regarding pay to play leagues and any league that charges a fee to attend spring training.

From the official Frontier League website:

The California Winter League is the exclusive winter league of the Frontier League.

The Frontier League is proud to have extended our agreement with the California Winter League and to make the California Winter League the Exclusive Winter/Showcase League of the Frontier League.

Players who participate after May 1, 2018 in a pay-to-play league or a league that charges a fee to attend their spring training will be ineligible for the Frontier League unless the player has had contact with the Frontier League.

Contact with the Frontier League includes:
Having ever been under contract to a Frontier League team;
Having participated in a past Frontier League Tryout Camp and Draft;
Participating in the 2019 Frontier League Tryout Camp and Draft (for the 2019 Frontier League season)
Having participated in a past California Winter League season; or
Participating in the 2019 California Winter League season (for the 2019 Frontier League season)

Leagues that are covered by this provision are:
Arizona Winter League/Pro Prospect Winter Leagues, LLC
South Florida Winter League
Desert League
Pecos League
Empire League
Western League
Hudson Valley League
Thoroughbred League
Puerto Rican Instructional Baseball League
Urban League

Please note that this provision is not retroactive and only applies to players participating on one of these leagues after May 1, 2018.

2018 Frontier League Draft Results

As Indy Ball Island has done in the past, we are once again covering the Frontier League draft and what happens to the selected players throughout the season.

This year, 34 players were selected in the Frontier League draft, which is an increase from the 26 players selected last year.

17 pitchers and 17 position players were selected. The even split mirrors what happens last year when 13 of each were taken.

Below is a list of every player taken, their position, and their college or last previous team(s).

1 TRAVERSE CITY BEACH BUMS RHP John Michael Knighton 4 seasons in the Cubs org. Highest level: A
2 WASHINGTON WILD THINGS LHP Jacob Hill University of San Diego
3 GATEWAY GRIZZLIES RHP Ryan McSweeney Walsh University
4 JOLIET SLAMMERS LHP Michael O’Neal Played 1 season of affiliated for Braves (Highest Level AA)

Last year with Rockland (CanAm) and Fargo (American)

5 FLORENCE FREEDOM INF Kent Blackstone Westside Woolly Mammoths (USPBL)
6 NORMAL CORNBELTERS C Brody Andrews Grand Valley State
7 GATEWAY GRIZZLIES INF Jeff Cardenas Northwestern Ohio
RHP Steven Heilenbach Illinois State University
10 WASHINGTON WILD THINGS RHP Griffin Kreig East Tennessee State
11 LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS RHP Andrew Rohrbach Played 2 games in Rockies org in 2014 (Low A)

Spent last season with Gary (American)

12 SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS C Wilkyns Jiminez Union College (KY)
13 WINDY CITY THUNDERBOLTS C Ronald Healy Grand Canyon University
14 TRAVERSE CITY BEACH BUMS LHP William Corsen Carr Indiana University
15 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS C Jerry Chavarria Mansfield (PA)
16 JOLIET SLAMMERS RHP Corey Kimber Was drafted by Padres in 2012. Played there until 2016. Highest Level High A.
17 LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS LHP Trent Lunsford Played with Evansville (Frontier) and Garden City (Pecos)
18 NORMAL CORNBELTERS OF Jean Figueroa Georgia Gwinett
19 RIVER CITY RASCALS C Tanner Devinny Sioux Falls and Winnipeg (American)
20 EVANSVILLE OTTERS C Dylan Hamel Appalachian State
21 FLORENCE FREEDOM RHP Jameson McGrane Empire and Thoroughbred leagues
22 SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS RHP Josh Alberius 1 season with Marlins org. Highest level Low A
23 GATEWAY GRIZZLIES INF Tommy Ziegan SUNY Old Westbury
24 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS C Russell Clark Lincoln Memorial
25 RIVER CITY RASCALS 3B Zach Lavy Gateway Grizzlies (Frontier)
26 FLORENCE FREEDOM 3B Brent Gillespie Gateway (Frontier) and San Rafael (Pacifics)
27 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS RHP George Capen 1 season Mariners org. Highest level Rookie
28 JOLIET SLAMMERS C Trey Fulton Dayton
29 RIVER CITY RASCALS OF Brandon Pugh Alpine Cowboys (Pecos)
30 JOLIET SLAMMERS RHP Evan Bell Played rookie ball in White Sox org. and with Joplin (American) in 2016.
31 RIVER CITY RASCALS OF Cody Lovejoy Texas State University
32 RIVER CITY RASCALS RHP Jacob Gangelhoff Benedictine (AZ)
33 LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS RHP Max Birdrzycki Pittsburg Diamonds (Pacific)
34 LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS RHP Juan Perez 6 seasons in the Cardinals org. Highest level: High A


Follow Indy Ball Island all season long as we take a look at where these players are on opening day, a month into the season, at the All-Star break, and at the end of the season.