NEW YORK – The MLB Draft League announced that it will hold its inaugural MLB Draft League Prospect Game on Wednesday, July 5th. The game will take place at Trenton Thunder Ballpark in Trenton, N.J., with the first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m. EST.
The game will be simulcast on MLB.com, the MLB App and MLB.TV., allowing fans to watch the best prospects from the MLB Draft League in action.
"We are thrilled to announce the debut of the MLB Draft League Prospect Game, which will showcase some of the most talented players in the league ahead of the MLB Draft," said MLB Draft League President Sean Campbell. "We look forward to an exciting game and hope fans will join us in Trenton or tune in online to watch the future stars of baseball."
The MLB Draft League Prospect Game will feature 25 players per roster, who will be selected and identified by the scouting community and MLB Draft League staff. The six managers from the league will comprise the Prospect Game’s coaching staff.
"I'm thrilled to host another All Star Game this July and show off our beautiful ballpark," said Thunder President Jeff Hurley. "This will be a terrific event to our already exciting 30th season here in Trenton."
Since its inception in 2021, the MLB Draft League has produced 146 players who have signed with MLB Clubs. This year, over 100 MLB Draft League alums opened the Minor League season on either a Single-, High-, Double- or Triple-A roster, highlighting the Draft League’s ability to improve a player’s Draft stock and overall career trajectory.
“The MLB Draft League Prospect Game is another exciting addition to the MLB Draft League format and we are looking forward to the league’s best season yet. The Prospect Game gives a national platform to the league's top players and will highlight the fun, fan-friendly baseball atmosphere at Trenton Thunder Ballpark," said John D’Angelo, MLB Senior Vice President, Amateur & Medical.
The MLB Draft League features six founding members (Frederick Keys, Mahoning Valley Scrappers, State College Spikes, Trenton Thunder, West Virginia Black Bears and Williamsport Crosscutters) and provides an unparalleled fan and development experience that features former Major Leaguers and professional players as managers and coaches. To view the 2023 MLB Draft League schedule, visit mlbdraftleague.com; each team’s schedule also is accessible via its website.
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The Trenton Thunder have drawn over 10 million fans over 30 years and have won the three major awards that Minor League Baseball teams can win; the Johnson Trophy for the "Nation's Best Franchise", the Larry MacPhail Trophy for Outstanding Club Promotion, and the Bob Frietas Award for Long-Term Success (Given by Baseball America). The team has given back over $8 million worth of goods, services, and monetary donations through Trenton Thunder Charities, under the Grand Slam We Care Foundation umbrella. The Thunder can be found online at trentonthunder.com