MLB to host amateur tournament in the Dominican Republic

Major League Baseball will host a tournament of amateur talent in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from Sunday, August 12th through Wednesday, August 15th.  The tournament will feature four teams: two teams consisting of July 2, 2013 eligible players from the Dominican Republic; a team from Puerto Rico; and the USA Baseball 15U National Team.

Eight games will be played in Estadio Quisqueya beginning with a day-night doubleheader on Sunday, August 12th.  The first game, set for 2:00 p.m., will feature Puerto Rico against the first Dominican Republic team, while the second game will feature Team USA and the second Dominican Republic team at 7:00 p.m.  Two day games will be played each day from Monday, August 13th through Wednesday, August 15th, with the first game beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by the second game at 2:00 p.m.

“We are excited to bring together prospects from the Dominican Republic, the United States, and Puerto Rico, just as we have in past ventures with players from Canada and Venezuela,” said Kim Ng, Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball.

The eight-game tournament follows a series of showcases and tournaments previously held in the Dominican Republic designed to provide MLB Clubs, managers and scouts with a setting to view and evaluate top eligible amateur players from the Dominican Republic and other countries.

Rosters and a complete schedule of games will be announced in the coming days.