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Belters to Prospect League

Belters to Prospect League

The Normal Cornbelters and Prospect League made a joint announcement Monday afternoon. (Photo courtesy Prospect League)

The Normal Cornbelters announced Monday that they will be moving to the college, wood-bat Prospect League in 2019.

For their first nine years in team history, the Cornbelters played in the independent Frontier League. Cornbelters General Manager Steve Malliet says that the move will help the team financially.

“We’re excited about how we can apply the college, wood-bat model and still have a great show,” says Malliet. “To still do a lot of the same things we do but at a much lesser, better price.”

Teams in the Prospect League are comprised of only players still enrolled in college. Under NCAA rules, the players are not able to be paid but will see more time in front of scouts. As far as Cornbelters players from the 2018 season, they will be released from their contracts.

“Those players will become free agents,” said Malliet. “They will be able to sign with other independent professional teams and other major league teams as well.”

The Cornbelters will take the field with a fresh start to the new campaign next summer.

Scott Wrzala contributed to this story.

WZND Newsroom

October 29th, 2018

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