(WVVA) - The Appalachian League will shift its focus to collegiate, wood-bat contests in the years to come, Major League Baseball and USA Baseball announced on Friday afternoon.
The league will play host to some of the country's "top rising college freshmen and sophomores," according to a press release.
A more detailed plan for the new format will be released during a video press conference on Tuesday at 12 p.m.
"The event will detail the plan to retain high-caliber baseball in the communities where it is currently being played under the Appalachian
League brand while bringing new, modern approaches to player development and exciting partnerships and opportunities for teams, fans and communities," the release continued.
"The reconfiguration of the Appy League is part of the promise of MLB to offer baseball to the communities that will be affected by contraction," Bluefield Blue Jays general Manager Rocky Malamisura told WVVA. "There will be high quality baseball next summer in Bluefield!"
Among those to speak on Tuesday will be Appalachian League President, Dan Moushon, USA Baseball President, Mike Gaski, and Major League Baseball's Executive Vice President of Baseball Economics & Operation, Morgan Sword.
WVVA will continue to provide updates as they become available.