First player news of 2018
We had lost sight of sharing information through this particular platform during the course of the past baseball season, but with off-season news ahead, and believe it or not, mere hours away, now is as good of a time as any to relaunch and once again start posting here on BlogtoBlog. Given this off-season’s franchise movement, we have a unique twist to kick off the 2018 preseason, as we will have player news for next season beginning tomorrow.
With the Bridgeport Bluefish having played their final game as a franchise and set to morph into a Road Warriors franchise for one year in 2018, the Atlantic League will be holding a Bluefish player dispersal draft on Wednesday morning. The draft is set to take place at 10 a.m. eastern, with draft order based on 2017 overall win-loss records. The Revs will pick fourth in the draft, with New Britain holding the first pick, followed by Sugar Land, Southern Maryland, York, Long Island, Somerset, and Lancaster. The draft will consist of three rounds with a fourth pick optional. To follow the draft live, follow @AtlanticLg on Twitter. Full results will be posted on AtlanticLeague.com upon completion. Undrafted players will become free agents.
It will be interesting to see where Revs manager Mark Mason chooses to go with his selections. The Bluefish certainly fielded a talented team that was in contention in both halves last season, with both a strong starting rotation and everyday lineup of position players. Of course, drafting a player’s rights does not mean they will suit up for the Revs in 2018, as the signing period does not begin until January. Drafted players might still end up with a Major League organization or overseas, etc., but their Atlantic League rights will be determined through Wednesday’s dispersal draft. So while we won’t know until January or later whether one or more of Wednesday’s selections will become members of the 2018 Revs, we will know come Wednesday the identity of a couple of players who could become Revs next season.