2018 WDL Roster Selection

WDL Draft Rules & Guidelines

via MLB Pro League Office

The 2018 MLB Pro Winter Developmental League is scheduled to begin play the first week of December. Over the next month and a half, it is the responsibility of each division to fill their respective roster for the WDL.  Below is a FAQ guide on the roster selection process and the league in general.  If you have any questions, contact the league office via Slack.

In addition to the roster selection process, a reminder that someone within each division is going to need to be given the GM title come the start of the season. The purpose of this person is to spread playing time out evenly across all players. The purpose of the WDL is development and not winning every game at any cost. 


HOW WILL THE ROSTER SELECTION PROCESS BE DONE?

-We will again be using Google Sheets. Each division will have their own sheet and channel in Slack to communicate amongst each other. 

HOW LONG WILL THE PROCESS TAKE?

-Again, like last year, there is no set time limit on individual picks. That said, the entire process MUST be done by the end of November. If rosters are not finished by the date of the in-game selection process, the League Office will use ask the AI to finish filling rosters.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BE SELECTED?

-Any player with less than 1 year MLB service time.  [Note: International System players are NOT ELIGIBLE. They must be moved to a minor-league roster prior to the start of the WDL to be eligible to be selected.]

HOW WILL WE ENSURE THAT 35 PITCHERS ARE NOT SELECTED?

-Each division’s WDL roster of 35 players must follow the following guidelines of minimum/maximum players per position.

POSITION P C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
MINIMUM 15 3 2 2 2 2 6
MAXIMUM 18 3 3 3 3 3 9

REMINDER: POSITION ELIGIBILITY IS BASED OFF OF THE PLAYERS PRIMARY POSITION AS DESIGNATED BY THEIR IN-GAME POSITION LISTING!!!!

OKAY, I UNDERSTAND WHO IS ELIGIBLE, BUT WHAT TYPE OF PLAYER SHOULD I SEND?

This was the big question heading into the inaugural season last year and has remained the most asked question since. To reiterate what was said last year:

Perhaps this is a recently drafted player who showed promise in half of a season of minor league ball, or a drafted player who appeared to struggle.  Perhaps this is a prospect coming off of injury that you would like to give more at-bats to.  

I lean towards saying the WDL is NOT the place to send any elite AA/AAA type of prospect who has a 50/50 or better shot of playing in the big leagues next season. That type of player has Spring Training to learn new positions and develop further.

The reason a strict “level-restriction” is not in place is due to the fact that we all have different philosophies and needs with our minor-leaguers.

HAS THE LEAGUE OFFICE RECONSIDERED THE RULE IN WHICH PLAYERS SELECTED TO THE WDL WOULD BE INELIGIBLE TO BE TRADED DURING THE OFF-SEASON?

-YES, the league office has agreed with the Players Association argument and now players in the WDL ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE TRADED.  While players are eligible to be traded, if a player is traded, they will remain active on their current WDL team through the end of the season.  While the trade will be processed, the new team is not able to pull a player out of the WDL during the season.  

WHAT IF I DO NOT WANT TO SEND A PLAYER OR THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PLAYERS TO THE WDL?

-That’s fine…the draft order will be amended at that point for your division. Again though, if rosters are not filled, the League Office and the AI will be used, this could end up sending players you had no intentions of sending.


WARNING THOUGH, IF THIS BECOMES A BIG PROBLEM WITH ROSTERS NOT BEING FULL LEAGUE WIDE, THE LEAGUE OFFICE WILL BE FORCED TO LOOK INTO THE VIABILITY OF THE WDL IN FUTURE SEASONS!!!

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