The wait for baseball is over for BBL fans, as the Florida Rookie League (FRL) kicks off its inaugural season today. The FRL is a 5th minor league level which was added during this off-season, replacing the former Rookie level Milk League, which becomes a Short Season A level.
The Rookie League is open to any player with less than two years of pro baseball playing time, and who are aged 25 or younger. Thus, many of the Milk League (Short A), Calf League (Single A) and Heifer League (Double A) players throughout the minors may qualify. The league also offers a place for teams to introduce international free agents and first-year draftees into their organizations, and earn them some developmental playing time.
All teams are based in Florida, and FRL clubs are named for their parent clubs.
The league also announced today the addition of two new GMs to two BBL clubs. Alex Sanderson joins the New York Minutemen as GM and Manager, and Scott Dummler joins the Nevada Speeders as a GM. Both bring a wealth of baseball experience to their organizations, and players and fans of both teams are said to be “ecstatic.”