OGDEN, Utah — The MLB has named the Ogden Raptors as one of the eight teams in the "Pioneer League," which will move from affiliated status to an independent professional MLB Partner League next year.
"All eight members of the Pioneer League — the Billings Mustangs, the Grand Junction Rockies, the Great Falls Voyagers, the Idaho Falls Chukars, the Missoula Paddleheads, the Ogden Raptors, the Northern Colorado Owlz and the Rocky Mountain Vibes — will continue participating in the league and will maintain their existing team names and brands," a news release from MLB says.
The MLB will provide initial funding for the league's operating expenses, install scouting technology in league ballparks, provide a procedure for transferring players to MLB Clubs and explore joint marketing, ticketing and fan engagement opportunities.
Other MLB Partner Leagues include the Atlantic League, the American Association and the Frontier League.
"Each Partner League covers a different geographic area in the United States and Canada and attracts players of varying levels of experience," the news release says.