News Release, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

(Lancaster, Pa., Jan. 25, 2019)– The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today announced it will host a three-day private Player Showcase from Friday, March 29th, to Sunday, March31st at TigerTown’s Joker Marchant Stadium, in Lakeland, Fla. The event will be presented and co-produced by Prospect Dugout (PD).  

“We are excited to team up with Prospect Dugout to produce the Player Showcase,” said Atlantic League President Rick White. “This is the perfect opportunity for elite ballplayers, especially those released from MLB clubs during spring training, to gain immediate exposure and earn a professional playing contract for the 2019 season.” 

The Atlantic League Player Showcase will provide a performance platform to highly skilled baseball players wishing to advance their careers with professional baseball organizations. Players with baseball experience at all levels are invited to attend, with preference offered to players with qualifying MLB, AAA and Atlantic League experience. The event will be designed and produced by ALPB managers and coaches in conjunction with Prospect Dugout experts.  

The Player Showcase will be attended by scouts from most Major League Baseball organizations. Managers, coaches, and player personnel representatives from other professional minor leagues will also attend the event. The purpose of the Showcase is to promote player signings by MLB organizations and Atlantic League teams. MLB clubs may sign a player at any time during the event. At the conclusion of the event, Atlantic League clubs will conduct a player draft. Each ALPB club will sign at least one Showcase player to a 2019 contract. The Player Showcase is closed to the public.  

To learn more and to register for the ALPB Player Showcase, please CLICK HERE. Registration costs are as follows: 

Players with MLB, AAA or ALPB experience (minimum 150 at bats or 50 innings pitched): $150 pre-registrationAll other players (AA, A, Rookie, other independent league, undrafted college free agents): $250 pre-registrationDay-of-event registration for players of all levels: $350 at the door 

The following is the format for the event: 

Friday: Warm up and extended pro-style workout/evaluations, including 60-yard dash, fielding, throwing, batting practice; pitcher bullpen sessions

Saturday: Cut downs and live game situation, with umpires; pitchers one inning or no more than 30 pitches

Sunday: Live game situation, with umpires; pitchers one inning or no more than 30 pitches; ALPB player draft and signings at the conclusion of the Showcase. 

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...