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MLB Announces Experimental Rules For Atlantic League In 2022

As in the past, major league baseball intends to use the Atlantic League as a test for more experimental rules.

Official Press Release:

Major League Baseball (MLB) today announced two experimental playing rules for use during the 2022 Atlantic League (ALPB) Championship Season.  The rules are designed to create more action on the field, to reward athleticism and to raise the profile of starting pitchers.

        Other promising rules first tested in the Atlantic League, such as Automated Balls-Strikes (ABS), have been expanded to affiliated play in the Minor Leagues, while the ALPB continues to pioneer rules and equipment tests. The experimental rules below were previously tested in the Atlantic League on a limited basis. Below is a summary of the experimental rules that will be tested to start the 2022 Atlantic League season:

·        Double-Hook Designated Hitter Adjustment:  The double-hook designated hitter will be modified. In 2021, teams lost their designated hitter when they removed the starting pitcher from the game.  However, in 2022, if the starter is able to complete at least five innings, the designated hitter will be allowed to remain in the lineup for the entirety of the game.  This rule intends to place emphasis on longer outings by starting pitchers.

·        Dropped Pitch Rule: As in the second half of 2019, batters will be able to advance to first base on any pitch that is not caught in the air by the catcher, even with first base occupied by a runner.  Those who get to first base safely will be awarded a hit.  This rule will increase the importance of taking care of the baseball (e.g., pitching with command, receiving, and blocking pitches) and reward athletic players who are able to capitalize on wild pitches and passed balls.

         Michael Hill, MLB’s Senior Vice President for On-Field Operations, said: “Given the positive results of recent years, we are continuing to prioritize the kinds of experimental rules that many baseball fans routinely discuss and want to learn more about.  Testing in the Atlantic League and throughout the Minors will provide us with more valuable feedback and data that can be taken into consideration.”

        Rick White, President of the Atlantic League, said: “We continue to be excited about ALPB’s role helping Major League Baseball determine the future of the game. We are proud many of the tests pioneered in the Atlantic League are reaching a broader audience throughout all levels of professional baseball.”

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About The Atlantic League
The Atlantic League is the first Partner League of Major League Baseball, a player gateway to the Major Leagues, and a leader in baseball innovation.  The ALPB has sent over 1,000 player to MLB organizations while drawing 44 million fans during its 23-year history. Please visit http://www.AtlanticLeague.com.

Contact: Steve Shutt (336-970-7512) or Andrew Bandstra (515-664-6936), ALPB Communications

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.