Burlington and Kane County from the Midwest League were also among the franchise cuts, and the league’s Bowling Green franchise is being moved to another league as part of structural adjustments that are still being finalized.
While Burlington along with Clinton announced the transfer to the Prospect League on Wednesday, Kane County has not yet announced its plans.
“When we got back to when contraction was first discussed, we promised that we would do everything we could to keep baseball in Clinton, not only now, but also far into the future,” Tornow said. “Today we delivered on that promise.”
Tornow said fans will see top-level professional potential in the middle of his college career.
– The players we had on the field in 2019, they played in the Prospect League and other similar leagues in 2018, Tornow said. “Prospect League has a long history of good, high quality baseball. ”
Dennis Bastien, commissioner of the Prospect League, welcomed a franchise that has been operating as a Midwest League franchise since 1954 to the league he oversees.
“After knowing Ted Tornow for over 30 years, I personally know that they will present one of the highest qualities in our league,” Bastien said in a statement. “The iconic ballpark there is to be cherished, and we look forward to visiting Clinton. ”