06-19-2006, 10:40 AM
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Winton Place
Re: Venezuela Reds - Summer League
Well, I found this on Wikipedia, but I'm still not sure how players there start working their way into the American minor leagues. The team seems to be off to a good start.
Venezuelan Summer League
The Venezuelan Summer League is a minor league baseball rookie league which operates in Carabobo and Aragua states, Venezuela.
The league is open to players from all Latin American countries except Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Currently, in the league are players from Aruba, Brazil, Colombia, Curaçao, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
Each team has a roster limit of 35 active players: no more than 12 players 20 years of age or older, and no more than four players 21 years of age or older. At least 10 must be pitchers, as of July 1. No player on active list may have more than four years of minor league service.
The nine member teams plays a 64 game regular schedule, beginning on May 1 and ending on August 31. In the play-offs, the winner and runner up teams meet in a best-of-three games series for championship.
The current member teams and their affiliated MLB organizations are:
Aguirre - VSL Mariners
Cagua - VSL Reds
Ciudad Alianza - VSL Red Sox/Padres (cooperated)
San Joaquin - VSL Pirates
Tronconero #1 - VSL Phillies
Tronconero #2 - VSL Mets
Universidad - VSL Marlins/Nationals (cooperated)
Venoco #1 - VSL Astros
Venoco #2 - VSL Orioles