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Independent Professional Baseball Tryouts 2021

Prospective professional baseball players for the 2021 season, whether they have previous experience or are rookies, may not know all of the options to join the independent professional baseball leagues and teams which will be playing in 2021.  After 2020’s baseball season which had some independent leagues not play at all (along with the “affiliated” Minor League Baseball season being cancelled), some leagues play – but with a reduced number of teams, and some new “pop up” (last minute) leagues playing out of 1-2 stadiums then the landscape for the professional independent baseball leagues got confusing very quickly.

Here is the current landscape of independent teams for the 2021 season (from IndependentBaseball.net as of Feb 27, 2021):

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION

Chicago Dogs
Cleburne Railroaders
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Gary Southshore RailCats
Houston Apollos (travel/road team operated by Pecos League)
Kane County Cougars (website may change since leaving MiLB)
Kansas City Monarchs (renamed from the T-Bones in January 2021)
Lincoln Saltdogs
Milwaukee Milkmen
Sioux City Explorers
Sioux Falls Canaries
Winnipeg Goldeyes

ATLANTIC LEAGUE

Gastonia Honey Hunters
High Point Rockers
Lancaster Barnstormers
Lexington Legends
Long Island Ducks
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
York Revolution
West Virginia Power

FRONTIER LEAGUE

Evansville Otters
Florence Y’alls
Gateway Grizzlies
Joliet Slammers
Lake Erie Crushers
New Jersey Jackals
New York Boulders
Ottawa Titans
Quebec Capitales
Schaumburg Boomers
Southern Illinois Miners
Sussex County Miners
Tri-City ValleyCats
Trois-Rivieres Aigles (Three Rivers Eagles)
Washington Wild Things
Windy City ThunderBolts

PECOS LEAGUE

Alpine Cowboys
Bakersfield Train Robbers
California City Whiptails
Colorado Springs Snow Sox
Garden City Wind
High Desert Yardbirds
Martinez Sturgeon
Montery Amberjacks
Roswell Invaders
Salina Stockade
San Rafael Pacifics
Santa Cruz Seaweed
Santa Fe Fuego
Trinidad Triggers
Tucson Saguaros
Wasco Reserve

UNITED SHORE PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE

Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers
Eastside Diamond Hoppers
Utica Unicorns
Westside Wooly Mammoths

EMPIRE BASEBALL LEAGUE

6 teams possibly to play, depending on COVID regulations / restrictions. In January 2021 the league wasn’t sure of its 6 teams, and the league possibly could be set at 4 teams (click here). Here are the teams currently announced on the league’s website:

New Hampshire Wild
New York Bucks
Plattsburgh Thunderbirds
Puerto Rico Islanders
Road City Explorers
Saranac Lake Surge
Alternate teams could include the Georgia Rhinos and the Tupper Lake Riverpigs

PACIFIC ASSOCIATION

(UNKNOWN IF THIS LEAGUE WILL PLAY IN 2021 DUE TO COVID AND OTHER REASONS)

Napa Silverados
Sonoma Stompers
Vallejo Admirals

New League Announced End Of January 2021 (Former MiLB Team Making New Independent League – all teams playing in one stadium)

Mavericks Independent Baseball League

Campesinos de Salem-Keizer
Portland Mavericks
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
Salem Senators

PIONEER LEAGUE (LEAGUE WHICH IS A PARTNER LEAGUE OF MLB)

Here is the November 30, 2020 announcement from MiLB website

Billings Mustangs
Boise Hawks
Grand Junction Rockies
Great Falls Voyagers
Idaho Falls Chukars
Missoula PaddleHeads
Ogden Raptors
Rocky Mountain Vibes

INSTRUCTIONAL – DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUES (NOT ACTUAL INDEPENDENT PRO LEAGUES):

California Winter League
Pecos Spring League
Pecos League’s Western League

Announced Independent Leagues To Play In 2021, But Unknown If They Will Play:

Liberation League (played in 2020 as a last-minute league, unknown status for 2021)
Southern Shores Professional Baseball League (Carolina Yankees, Charlotte Mighty Tigers, Concord Braves, Fayetteville Force, Rocky Mountain Grays)
Steer League
Texas State Baseball League
Western Association of Professional Baseball Clubs

 

The tryouts for some of these teams or leagues often get announced at the last-minute and/or are not well-publicized.  Prospective players can join a subscription service which emails them the most thorough updates for independent baseball tryouts in 2021 (run by teams or leagues) as well as third-party tryouts or developmental/instructional leagues which then help players improve in order to possibly reach the professional baseball ranks.

That service can be found here:  http://www.independentbaseballtryouts.net/

or here:  http://independentminorleaguebaseball.com/