At some point today, MLB is expected to announce The 120. As predicted in the comments, the announcements will be made ahead of the actual Player Development Licenses being issued, which Baseball America likens to buying a house sight unseen.
Per Ballpark Digest, the announcements are expected to be thirty short, two-graf releases detailing the four affiliates for each MLB team. (Yes, I expect MLB to issue releases for both the Mets and Yankees anyway).
For us, as Nationals fans, the drama is pretty simple: Which team will the fourth affiliate? You’ll note that I did not specify Low-A because the new league structure is not expected to be made public until the
blood ink has dried on all 120 PDLs (perhaps fewer since nearly two dozen teams are owned to some degree by the parent club).
So don’t worry Sao – you may still be doing your best imitation of Steve Kornacki for a few more weeks!
I still have this feeling that there will be another independent team joining the ranks and throwing off all the predictions and boards; Minorleaguesource.com is up to eight revisions so far. If the U.S. Steel Yard (home of the Gary Southshore Railcats) is a better fit than Covelski Stadium (home of the South Bend Cubs), you could see those two teams switch leagues (that’s just a hypothetical, based solely on the stadium age and geography).
Naturally, I do expect the announcement to come when I’m at work or otherwise unable to post (how many times did the Nats do trades while I was en route to the Pfitz?!) so feel free to comment away and I’ll either update this post or create a new one as soon as possible.
— Nationals Prospects (@nats_prospects) December 9, 2020