The Spartanburg team will begin play in the summer of 2021 in the 15-member Coastal Plain League (CPL). The CPL is an amateur wood bat league operating under NCAA rules.
Founded in 1997, the CPL is one of the premier developers of future Major League and professional baseball talent. The goal of many players in the league is to further develop their pitching and hitting skills thereby increasing their opportunities to play professional baseball.
The CPL has seen more than 1,500 former players sign contracts with Major Leagues organizations, with more than 100 playing in the top circuit, including World Series Champion Ryan Zimmerman, Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander and Red Sox Hall of Famer Kevin Youkilis.
Each year dozens of former CPL players are drafted by Major League Baseball. In 2019, the Atlanta Braves first round pick was a former CPL player.
The CPL includes teams in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Many teams in the CPL play in former minor league stadium – similar to the Spartanburg team’s new home at Duncan Park. Savannah, Macon, Wilmington, Peninsula, Florence and Martinsvillle all hosted minor league teams in the past.