Travel Teams

 

The Dominican Prospect League has an open invitation for travel teams from the United States and world wide to come to the beautiful Dominican Republic for an unforgettable baseball experience.

The Dominican Republic is known for its beach resorts, surf, golf courses, and production of cigars, coffee, sugar cane, plantains, merengue music and baseball players. Baseball is the country’s favorite past time and the production of talented players is just scratching the surface. Dominicans have been hosting tourists for decades and always welcome visitors from faraway lands with open arms and smiles.

 

We are located in the capitol city of Santo Domingo. Santo Domingo is famous for its historical districts and its night life. This is a great opportunity for young ball players to experience baseball on the island while parents, chaperones and or coaches can be a tourist. Santo Domingo is the cosmopolitan capitol along the Caribbean Coast. It is rich in history and has great restaurants and entertainment. Santo Domingo is known as a progressive city and offers a unique cultural experience and close to other island excursions. During the winter months it is also the heart of Winter League baseball in the Dominican Republic.

 

The Dominican Prospect League has established itself as the premier amateur baseball league in Latin America. All of our games are heavily scouted by MLB organizations due to the remarkable talent and venues displayed on a weekly basis. Our facility is a completely renovated stadium with clubhouse, batting cages and lights located in San Cristobal, 20 minutes away from the Santo Domingo. San Cristobal is very rich in baseball tradition, with home town players the likes of Vladimir Guerrero, Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana, Melky Cabrera just to name a few. You will get a chance to visit the southern area of Dominican Republic to see where these players came from. We will also provide excursion to the famous San Pedro de Macoris where Sammy Sosa, Robinson Cano and Alfonso Soriano developed as youngsters, as well as viewing MLB facilities of your favorite team in Boca-Chica and Guerra.

The 8 day 7 night trip has been designed to give you an opportunity to experience the cultural diversity the Dominican Republic provides, including a variety of tours and activities each day while playing baseball with some of the countries next best Prospects. This is a unique opportunity for you to combine both baseball and travel for an experience you’ll never forget.

Entertainment for adults traveling with players
While in the capitol city of Santo Domingo you can take part of what the city has to offer, the historical sites of the colonial city, shopping or any excursions under the sun. The city is delightful with night time entertainment including delicious food from diverse restaurants, casinos and night clubs. You’ll be overwhelmed by all the choices and activities. We’ll have an agenda that will occupy you every day and every evening.

Excursions available

Horse back riding, Water rafting, Four wheelers, Historic sites, Scuba, Sports Fishing, Surfing, Golf, Spas among others.

Requirements
Booking is only for amateur travel teams 18U with a 15 player or more requirement, accompanied by coaches or chaperones. Dominican Prospect League player ages range from 15-18, we are also open to hosting a younger or older group of players as needed. Parents, family members, kids or other tourists may also attend as this is a family friendly trip. You will need a valid passport; Players will need to bring their own glove, spikes, socks, batting gloves, baseball pants and any other gear needed.

Reservation include:

*7-8 days in an all inclusive resort

*4-5 day Baseball activities and clinics

*Touring MLB facilities and sightseeing

*Transportation provided to/from Airport and baseball activities

*Players will receive special gift from DPL

*Teams will have access to equipment such as bats, balls, helmets and catching equipment during baseball activity.

****Schedule subject to change due to incumbent weather or other DPL discretion

The Dominican Prospect League plays year around, If you have interest in receiving further information our contact info is below.

 

Dominican Baseball as it stands

Over the last 100 years, baseball in the Dominican Republic has become much more than a national pastime. Children are practically born into it, many born with a natural talent. During the last decade, the baseball industry has consistently expanded in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is second only to the United States in delivering players to Major League Baseball. Last season, 86 Dominican players were listed on Major League Baseball Opening Day rosters; All Major League teams have fully functioning professional development facilities here with lodging, meals and education included in the day to day baseball activities. All teams have a full scouting department scouring the island for potential Major League talent. From the time they are little, Dominican boys are enticed by the dream of a professional career in baseball. Many perceive this as their only opportunity to escape a life of poverty. Academies are official farm teams for major league organizations located in the Dominican Republic as the first professional league Dominican players will experience is the rookie level Dominican Summer League. Boys must be at least 16 years old to get signed by a MLB organization. Once an MLB organization signs a player in the Dominican Republic, the player is immediately inserted into the team facility to develop and prepare both physically and mentally, for the responsibilities and demands of playing professional baseball. Once he proves he is ready to make the transition, the player is sent to the United States to the team’s minor league Spring Training facility, where he starts his quest through the minor league system. (Rookie League, High Rookie League, Low Class A, High Class A, Double A, Triple A) before making it to MLB.

The DPL evaluates and recruits more than 100 of the top Dominican amateur players every year from 4 different regions in the country (North, South, East, and Central) to play in a 25-game season, including players from Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Curacao, Cuba, and Panama. We have baseball events throughout the year providing players the opportunity to be scouted by MLB organizations. Games are played once per week at a different MLB facility in the Dominican Republic. All games are officiated by professional umpires and stats keepers. Rosters vary from week to week, as only the most talented players will be asked to remain in the League.The principle goal of the Dominican Prospect League (DPL) has been to help protect the long-term health and growth of the amateur baseball industry in the Dominican Republic by implementing a new process for evaluating and signing amateur talent on the island and throughout Latin America. In successfully revolutionizing the industry, the DPL has established itself as the premier amateur baseball prospect league in Latin America. In less than 3 years, the DPL has helped over 200 players sign contracts for an aggregate total of approximately US$40,000,000 in contracts. These DPL alumni will undoubtedly become the future stars of Major League Baseball, the Dominican Republic and Latin America.The Dominican Prospect League has been featured in the United States press by Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Major League Baseball, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Baseball America, and HD Net’s Dan Rather reports. The official Dominican Prospect League website (www.dplbaseball.com) has had more than 3 million hits from visitors from across the globe. The League is operated by Fundacion Dominican Prospect League, a registered non-profit entity established by the laws of the Dominican Republic.

 

History of the Island

In 1492 when Columbus sailed the ocean blue he landed on the north shore of the Dominican Republic. He originally named it “La Espanola”, and his son, Diego, was its first viceroy. The capital, Santo Domingo, founded in 1496, is the oldest European settlement in the Western Hemisphere where you will find the first formal streets, the first bank and many other firsts of the “new world.”

Spain ceded the colony to France in 1795, and Haitians under Toussaint L’Ouverture conquered it in 1801. In 1808, the people revolted and captured Santo Domingo the next year, setting up the first republic. Spain regained title to the colony in 1814. In 1821 Spanish rule was overthrown, but in 1822 the colony was reconquered by the Haitians. In 1844, the Haitians were thrown out and the Dominican Republic was established, headed by Pedro Santana. Uprisings and Haitian attacks led Santana to make the country a province of Spain from 1861 to 1865.

President Buenaventura Baez, faced with an economy in shambles, attempted to have the country annexed to the U.S. in 1870, but the U.S. Senate refused to ratify a treaty of annexation. Disorder continued until the dictatorship of Uli­ses Heureaux; in 1916, when chaos broke out again, the U.S. sent in a contingent of marines, who remained until 1924.

A sergeant in the Dominican army trained by the marines, Rafael Leonides Trujillo Molina, overthrew Horacio Vasquez in 1930 and established a dictatorship that lasted until his assassination in 1961, 31 years later. In 1962, Juan Bosch of the leftist Dominican Revolutionary Party, became the first democratically elected president in four decades.

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