SAUGET — The 2013 annual Frontier League Tryout Camp and Draft began Monday and concludes Tuesday at GCS Ballpark.
A total of 402 players attended day one of the Tryout Camp on Monday with players from as far as Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. The league has invited roughly 140 of those players back for the second and final day on Tuesday.
All 14 Frontier League teams were represented at the workouts, and Major League Baseball scouts were also in attendance on Monday. The players invited back for Tuesday will play inter-squad games starting at 9 a.m. At the conclusion of the games, action will break for 30 minutes as clubs evaluate the talent and prepare for the draft.
An average of 35 players each season have been drafted and signed to spring training contracts over the past eight years. Over 340 players participated in the 2012 Tryout Camp in Washington, Pennsylvania, with 133 invited back for the second day. 45 players were signed to spring training contracts last year, with 30 appearing in regular season games. Each year, at least one tryout camp participant has appeared in the Frontier League's All-Star Game. Several draftees have gone on to be signed by Major League Baseball organizations, including RHP Chris Jakubauskas who appeared in 69 MLB games (including 15 starts) over the past four seasons.
"The Frontier League Tryout Camp and Draft is the best way for a player to showcase himself so he can begin or continue his career in professional baseball," commented Frontier League commissioner Bill Lee. "Our clubs take the workouts very seriously, and each year multiple attendees wind up making key contributions to playoff teams."
The Grizzlies 2013 home opener is on May 21st when they take on the Joliet Slammers at GCS Ballpark. Single game, season and group tickets are on sale now. For more information call 618-337-3000.