When the Major League Baseball season starts July 23-24, fans might be able to see some local prospects’ names debut on Opening Day rosters.
Nick Madrigal (infielder, White Sox), Dylan Carlson (outfielder, Cardinals), Derek Hill (outfielder, Tigers) and Matt Manning (pitcher, Tigers) are all in their respective organizations’ 60-man player pools, and were scheduled to report to summer camp by July 1, as were established players David Freitas, J.D. Davis, Dom Nunez and Rowdy Tellez.
Opening Day rosters will be whittled down to a maximum of 30 players.
Most teams are training in their home ballparks since spring training facilities are undergoing a deep cleaning.
A proposed 60-game schedule was submitted for approval and the modified season includes new rules including use of the DH by the National League, a three-batter minimum rule for pitchers, an automatic runner on second base if games go to extra innings, line ups being exchanged digitally in lieu of lineup cards and social distancing.