The Frederick Keys get the axe for the 2021 season
Today, the Baltimore Orioles announced their official Minor League affiliates for the 2021 season and unfortunately the Frederick Keys were not included. Every other Oriole minor league affiliate is a full go for next season. This however, does not mean that the Keys do not get to play baseball at all next season. The Keys are designated for the MLB draft league.
When I first read this information I thought to myself, “What is a draft league?” So for those of you with the same question as me, it is the MLB’s first league in the country that is focused on top prospects who are eligible to be drafted by MLB clubs that summer. (MLB.com)
The other teams that are in the draft league are the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, State College Spikes, Trenton Thunder, West Virginia Black Bears, and the Williamsport Crosscutters. I am looking forward to seeing how the MLB figure out the playoff format, All-Star festivities, etc.
Who knows if this league is going to expand or even stick around after the 2021 season, but I look forward to finding out!