Three Indiana professional baseball teams have been invited to be a part of the restructured Minor League Baseball system. The Indianapolis Indians, the Fort Wayne TinCaps, and the South Bend Cubs each received invitations, with the latter two moving up a level in Major League Baseball’s new player development structure.
The new structure will include a total of 120 teams across four levels: Triple-A, Double-A, High-A, and Low-A. Each MLB team will have one licensed Minor League affiliate at each level.
The Indians will remain at the Triple-A level as an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Sporting News.
The Fort Wayne TinCaps and the South Bend Cubs have been invited to move up to the High-A level. The teams will continue their affiliations with the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs, respectively.
“There has been a lot of anticipation regarding the restructuring of Minor League Baseball,” said TinCaps President Mike Nutter. “We’re excited that the TinCaps have been invited to join at the High-A level. Fans in Fort Wayne will have the chance to experience a higher level of baseball than before with players closer to becoming Major League stars.”
The TinCaps say Minor League Baseball plans to release its 2021 schedule after all teams have officially accepted the restructured minor league system.