The Pacific Rim College League gets underway today, with all 20 teams in action. Last year’s champions, Tokyo College Veterans, will begin their season in Busan, South Korea, against the Busan Tech Brawlers.
The PRCL teams play a 54-game schedule this year, which is largely unchanged from 2017, except for an earlier start.
The Veterans dumped last season’s manager, Ramon Castillo, back on December 9, despite his championship success, as the Tokyo team decided to hand the managerial reins over to rookie manager Rich Spurrell, from Ottawa, Canada.
In other offseason managerial changes, Pyongyang Stellar University released American Michel Sullivan, after he failed to have his work visa renewed, and US State Department officials were concerned that North Korean authorities were about to deem him a spy, after a lackluster 2017 season in which the PSU Continentals missed a trip to the playoffs.
Pyongyang has gone with Venezuelan Conrado De Freitas, a devout communist and fan of the Kim regime.
The Top 5 prospects in the PRCL have also been announced, though none will be draft-eligible for the 2018 Bull League draft. They are:
- Matthew Box, Tokyo College (P)
- Makanaakua Mano, Yokohama U (1B)
- Zuo-lin Tsou, Pyongyang Stellar U (P)
- Mei-shan Le, Seoul U (CF)
- Wei-qiang Koo, Pyongyang Stellar U (CF)