Clinton LumberKings Join Prospect League
On Wednesday, officials from the Clinton LumberKings baseball organization announced their new league that they will play in this year. The LumberKings will be joining the Prospect League.
LumberKings General Manager Ted Tornow said in the press release,
We are looking forward to playing baseball in the Prospect League. 'LumberKings’ fans will see players who could be drafted by any of the 30 MLB clubs, instead of only prospects in one MLB organization. We will still have that connectivity to MLB as changes are being made by MLB in how baseball is being structured through their One Baseball Plan.
As we have previously said, baseball will be played here at NelsonCorp Field in 2021. Today’s announcement is proof of that promise. We have a great ballpark and fans that have been supportive of the club since its inception in 1937.
The Prospect League (PL) is a 16-team Collegiate Wood Bat league with teams spread across the Midwest from eastern Missouri to western Pennsylvania.
Even though Major League Baseball (MLB) made the final decision to not offer the LumberKings a Professional Development League (PDL) license, Morgan Sword, MLB’s Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations said in the press release,
We congratulate the LumberKings on their new home in the Prospect League and look forward to continued baseball in the community of Clinton this summer. We look forward to working closely with Clinton’s leadership to ensure a successful transition.”
And the LumberKings are being welcomed with open arms to The Prospect League. Dennis Bastien, Commissioner of the Prospect League said,
The Prospect League welcomes the LumberKings as our newest member for the 2021 season and beyond! Fans of the LumberKings can look forward to Opening Day. Having known Ted Tornow for over 30 years, I personally know they will present one of the highest quality operations in our league. The iconic ballpark there is one to cherish and we look forward to visiting Clinton. It is a proud and great day for the Prospect League.
Further details regarding the 2021 LumberKings season will be made in the near future.