The Dominican winter league held it's annual rookie draft on Thursday night. The basic idea of the draft is that teams pick players from the Dominican, with the occasional foreign-born players with Dominican heritage mixed in. The players are usually in Low-A, although they can be players who haven't got that far in pro ball yet. The players chosen in the draft then belong to those Dominican teams if they choose to play winter ball. It doesn't mean they will play for the team, and if they do, they may not play for the major league club in the league right away. Younger players instead play with the minor league teams, who occasionally play DSL clubs during their fall instructional league.

Most players in the Dominican league have at least some Double-A experience. As you will see with t...

To celebrate the upcoming MLB draft, we’re offering a big subscription discount of 18% off from now through the draft , so that you can follow all of our updates and coverage.To get the discount, use the code MLBDRAFT for an Annual subscription, or MLBDRAFT3 for a Top Prospect Plan.

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.