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MLB PREDICTS ALL MLB TEAMS ROSTERS
MLB ANNOUNCES MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAMS
Teams Will Be Part of New Model to Better Serve Fans, Players and Clubs
Minor Leagues to Include Player Salary Increases, Modernized Facility Standards and Reduced Travel
MLB Preserves High-Level Baseball in Communities, Expands MLB-Supported Baseball
Major League Baseball today announced that all 120 Minor League Clubs offered an invitation to become Professional Development League (“PDL”) license holders have officially agreed to accept. These teams, selected as partners by Major League Clubs and being announced in full today, will provide both facilities and communities that are essential to the development of the next generation of big-league stars.
Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said: “We are excited to unveil this new model, which not only provides a pipeline to the Majors, but continues the Minor Leagues’ tradition of entertaining millions of families in hundreds of communities. In modernizing our Minor League system, we prioritized the qualities that make the Minor Leagues such an integral part of our game while strengthening how we develop professional athletes on and off the field. We look forward to demonstrating the best of our game throughout local communities, supporting all those who are working hard to grow the sport, and sharing unrivaled technology and resources with minor league teams and players.”
As a part of MLB’s realignment, many Minor League affiliates will be in significantly closer geographic proximity to the Major League Clubs with which they are associated. On average, Major League Clubs will now be over 200 miles closer to their Triple-A affiliates. By creating better geographical synergy between a Major League Club and its affiliates, more fans will be able to watch an organization’s players progress in their careers from the Minor Leagues to the big leagues in their home region.
Each MLB Club will provide Minor League players and staffs to their four affiliates – one at each of the Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A levels. Minor League Clubs will receive PDL licenses from MLB that entitle them to operate in the Professional Development Leagues, ensuring a new set of standards in terms of facilities and player working conditions. The licenses will create many improvements to the experience and lifestyle of Minor League players, such as:
· Player salary increases ranging from 38-72% for the 2021 season.
· Modernized facility standards better suited for professional athletes.
· Improved amenities and working conditions for players and staff.
· Reduced in-season travel for players and coaches.
· Better geographical alignment.
This announcement follows other recent announcements made by Major League Baseball detailing elements of its new comprehensive player development system. The new system will better serve fans, players and Clubs throughout the United States and Canada; preserve high-level, sustainable baseball in nearly every community where the game has historically been played; and position the sport for growth in future years. In combination, the integrated player development system now includes 179 teams across 17 leagues in 43 states and four provinces. Including the Arizona and Gulf Coast Leagues, there are 209 teams across 19 leagues in 44 states and four provinces.
More teams will be joining the broader MLB player development system and other baseball leagues in the coming weeks and months, further enhancing the landscape for fans to continue to cheer on future stars. MLB has nearly completed its work towards ensuring baseball’s presence in almost all of the previous affiliated communities.
All MLB Cactus League Photos by: Doug Seagrave
Arizona Diamondbacks: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale
D-BACKS AGREE TO TERMS WITH TYLER CLIPPARD ON A 1-YEAR CONTRACT;
REINSTATE LUIS FRÍAS FROM THE INJURED LIST;
DESIGNATE LHP TRAVIS BERGEN AND RHP KEURY MELLA FOR ASSIGNMENT
The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with RHP Tyler Clippard on a 1-year contract with a mutual option for 2022, reinstated RHP Luis Frías from the injured list and designated LHP Travis Bergen and RHP Keury Mella for assignment.
Clippard, 36, returns for his second stint with the D-backs, having appeared in 40 games in 2016. The 2-time National League All-Star (2011, ’14) ranks among active relievers [stats as reliever only] in innings (1st, 795.1), games (2nd, 763), holds (2nd, 223), strikeouts (4th, 896), opponent average (7th, .193), opponent OBP (8th, .274) and ERA (12th, 2.95).
The 6-foor-3, 200-pounder appeared in 26 games (2 starts) with the Twins last season, going 2-1 with a 2.77 ERA (8 ER in 26.0 IP), .202 opponent average, 0.88 WHIP, 26 strikeouts and 4 walks.
Clippard enters his 15th season in 2021, having played for the Yankees (2007, ’16-17), Nationals (‘08-14), A’s (‘15), Mets (’15), D-backs (’16), White Sox (’17), Astros (’17), Blue Jays (’18), Indians (’19) and Twins (’20). In 777 career games (14 starts), he is 55-47 with 68 saves, a 3.13 ERA, .197 opponent average, 1.10 WHIP, 931 strikeouts and 329 walks.
He has 14 relief appearances in 3 postseasons (2012 and ’14 with the Nationals,’15 with the Mets)
Chicago Cubs: Sloan Park, Mesa
Chicago White Sox: Camelback Ranch-Glendale, Phoenix
Cincinnati Reds: Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear
Cleveland Indians: Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear
Colorado Rockies: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale
Kansas City Royals: Surprise Recreation Campus, Surprise
Los Angeles Angels: Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe
Los Angeles Dodgers: Camelback Ranch-Glendale, Phoenix
Milwaukee Brewers: Maryvale Baseball Park, Phoenix
Oakland Athletics: Hohokam Stadium, Mesa
San Diego Padres: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria
San Francisco Giants: Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale
Seattle Mariners: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria
Texas Rangers: Surprise Recreation Campus, Surprise
NEWS AND NOTES FROM MLB
D-BACKS 24TH SPRING TRAINING AND 11TH AT SALT RIVER FIELDS AT TALKING STICK OPENS ON FEBRUARY 17
- Team announces 61 players in camp, including 21 non-roster invitees –
The Arizona Diamondbacks’ 24th Spring Training and 11th at the award-winning Salt River Fields at Talking Stick begins on February 17:
· Wednesday, February 17 First workout for pitchers and catchers.
· Monday, February 22 First full-squad workout.
All workouts will be closed to the public.
Torey Lovullo returns for his fifth season as manager. The coaching staff features Luis “Pipé” Urueta as bench coach (second season, fourth overall), Matt Herges as pitching coach (second season), Mike Fetters as bullpen coach (fifth season, ninth overall), Darnell Coles as hitting coach (third season), Eric Hinske as assistant hitting coach (third season), Dave McKay as first base coach (eighth season), Tony Perezchica as third base coach (fifth season) and Robby Hammock as quality control/catching coach (fifth season).
The club’s 40-man roster is currently at 40 players (uniform number in parentheses):
Right-handed pitchers (19)
Left-handed pitchers (4)
Position Players (14)
Jeremy Beasley (59)
Travis Bergen (47)
Carson Kelly (18)
Nick Ahmed (13)
J.B. Bukauskas (73)
Madison Bumgarner (40)
Daulton Varsho (12)
Kole Calhoun (56)
Humberto Castellanos (54)
Caleb Smith (31)
Stephen Vogt (21)
Eduardo Escobar (5)
Taylor Clarke (45)
Alex Young (49)
Stuart Fairchild (63)
Stefan Crichton (58)
Tim Locastro (16)
Jon Duplantier (34)
Ketel Marte (4)
Luis Frías (65)
Wyatt Mathisen (27)
Zac Gallen (23)
David Peralta (6)
Kevin Ginkel (37)
Geraldo Perdomo (82)
Merrill Kelly (29)
Josh Rojas (10)
Yoan López (50)
Pavin Smith (26)
Corbin Martin (25)
Josh VanMeter (19)
Humberto Mejía (62)
Christian Walker (53)
Keury Mella (64)
Andy Young (14)
Matt Peacock (87)
Riley Smith (46)
Joakim Soria (48)
Luke Weaver (24)
Taylor Widener (62)
The club’s 21 non-roster invitees:
Right-handed pitchers (5)
Left-handed pitchers (5)
Position players (8)