WINTER WONDERS
Baseball America|October 2020
Where high-profile prospects could go to develop after the season
BEN BADLER

Planning for anything this winter has to come with the understanding that it might never happen, or that it could look much different than originally planned.

But with teams looking for ways to get their prospects into competitive games following the June cancellation of the minor league season, there is one option that could make a significant impact on player development.

The Dominican League announced its season will start on Nov. 15, with the regular season running through Dec. 19, followed by playoffs that could run until Jan. 15 of next year. According to sources with teams in the league and with major league clubs, more young Dominican prospects are expected to participate in the winter league than usual.

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