International Baseball Partners (IBP) made its first announcement of 2017 by detailing a new academy league structure for the Dominican Republic that promises to set a new direction for the baseball island.

According to IBP Managing Director, Michael Powers, the initiative includes the structure of cooperating baseball academies in the Dominican Republic to create an “Inter-Academy League” that promotes the development of baseball talent.

“IBP is currently constructing the outline of an inter-academy cooperation that will showcase two tiers of baseball talent existing in the Dominican Republic. The first tier is made up of first year eligible players that have never previously signed professional contracts including the much sought after ‘July 2nd’ players. And the second tier is reserved for players that have previously signed with professional organizations and are current free agents.”

“We have identified eight academies that are excited to be a part of IBP Dominican Republic and believe we have the ability to bring new value to the existing baseball academy structure on the island”, Powers continued.

More details will be announced next week.

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