The independent minor league Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) and Prospect Dugout are two organizations building field of dreams for players looking to make it onto an ALPB roster in the future.
Recently, the ALPB and Prospect Dugout, who sports one of the largest database of amateur baseball players in the world, announced plans for their spring Professional Baseball Tryout Camp.
Held at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida, from Friday, March 19 through Sunday, March 21, 2021, the camp will mark the third tryout conducted by the two organizations, whose 2019 and 2020 events sold out quickly.
“Our professional tryouts with Prospect Dugout have been extremely successful connecting our clubs and coaches with talented players who might not have otherwise made their way to the Atlantic League,” ALPB President Rick White said in a press release. “We are thrilled to announce our 2021 player showcase tryouts and are already looking forward to evaluating another large number of highly qualified professional prospects as we gear up for the return of Atlantic League baseball in 2021.”
It is an opportunity for several former professional players, many of which have MLB experience, such as ex-New York Met pitcher Jon Niese, who the ALPB inked out of the camp, to prove they are healthy and can still play at a high level.
The ALPB awarded 56 contracts during the previous two events.
From the camp to ALPB, there is no telling what may transpire for these hopeful, talented players who are looking for another shot in baseball, or their first one ever.
“Our goal is to provide players with the best possible opportunity to get back into pro ball or sign their first professional contract,” Prospect Dugout CEO and former Atlantic League player/coach Craig Maddox said. “With 2020 being tough on the baseball landscape, we are excited to help those players that it affected. Over the past two years, 56 players that attended our tryouts went on to earn an opportunity to continue their careers with a professional contract. We look forward to seeing the talent pool that will be at this year’s event.”
MLB scouts, ALPB coaches, and those from other official professional MLB Partner Leagues will be on hand at the USSSA Space Coast Complex to observe, evaluate, and offer professional playing contracts to qualified players.
For more information and to register for the mini-camp tryouts, visit www.prospectdugout.com/2021-atlantic-league-tryout.
— Jerry Del Priore