MINK Collegiate Baseball League

MINK Collegiate League Baseball

Measuring Up the MINK League

By Brennan Mense

MINK League play is off and running after a dormant 2020. Let’s take a look at what has gone down so far:

The South Division has been very tight so far. Coming off a record-breaking 2019, coach Chris Dawson and his Joplin Outlaws lead the division at 4-2 with an attack built around speed and stout relief pitching. However, Jefferson City and Nevada are both within a game, with the Griffins even getting a walk-off win over the Outlaws.

Meanwhile, Sedalia, with a roster comprised nearly entirely of central Missouri natives, is pulling up the rear, but only 1.5 games back of Joplin. They own the single biggest highlight of the season so far, as Antonio Escano tossed an eight-inning no-hitter against Jefferson City on June 4, striking out 13.

In the North Division, the Clarinda A’s, coming off of several difficult seasons, have roared out of the gate to possess the league’s best record at 8-3, two games clear of second-place Chillicothe. Several of those wins have come against non-league competition, but Ryan Eberly’s club will get their chance to test their mettle with two games against Joplin coming up next week.

Chillicothe lands in second place in the north having won four of five since dropping their first two games of the year to Clarinda. One of those wins included a five-run comeback over Sedalia, though the loss came to a Des Moines team that has no other wins this year.

Meanwhile, one surprising development has been the sluggish start of the defending champion St. Joseph Mustangs. After roaring through 2019 with a 38-10 record, St. Joe has limped out of the gate to a 2-4 record, including being mercy-ruled by Nevada and being shutout in a non-league game by the KC Monarchs.

At the bottom of the league is the newcomer to the MINK League, the Des Moines Peak Prospects, who sit with a 1-5 record. They started off their season 0-4, but managed to defeat Chillicothe on June 7 for their first win in their new league.

2021 MINK League
Player of the Week

 

2021 MINK League
Pitcher of the Week

 

2019 MINK League
Champions

 
North Division
Team
W
L
PCT
GB
Clarinda A's
11
2
.846
-
St. Joseph Mustangs
7
5
.583
3.5
Des Moines Peak Prospects
4
9
.308
7
Chillicothe Mudcats
4
9
.308
7
South Division
Team
W
L
PCT
GB
Joplin Outlaws
9
6
.600
-
Jefferson City Renegades
7
7
.500
1.5
Sedalia Bombers
6
6
.500
1.5
Nevada Griffons
5
9
.357
3.5
Standings as of June 21, 2021

You can follow all the MINK League action this summer several ways. There will be regular league updates here on the website, you can follow the games and get updated stats, scores and standings on the MINK League page of Pointstreak or we will be posting scores, scheduling information and other MINK news on the MINK League Facebook page.

Get out and support your local MINK Baseball League team this summer. It's great affordable fun for the whole family.

The MINK Baseball League is a summer collegiate baseball league with eight teams throughout Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska & Kansas.

The MINK Baseball League provides a venue for college players who wish to develop their skills playing in an environment of increased competition and prepare for entering the Major League Baseball amateur draft.

All MINK Baseball League players are unpaid in order to maintain their NCAA eligibility. Each team is operated in a similar to a professional minor league baseball team, providing players an opportunity to play under the same conditions using wood bats, minor league specification baseballs, experiencing overnight road trips and playing an intense summer league schedule.

2021 MINK Collegiate Baseball League Teams
Clinton, MO Baseball, Chillicothe MO Mudcats, Clarinda IA A's, Des Moines IA Peak Prospects, Jefferson City MO Renegades, Joplin MO Outlaws, Nevada MO Griffons,
Sedalia MO Bombers, St. Joseph MO Mustangs

The M.I.N.K. League promotes good sportsmanship by athletes, coaches, and spectators. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants and officials in a positive manner. Profanity, degrading comments or other intimidating actions directed at officials, athletes, coaches or team representatives will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from any M.I.N.K. League stadium. Thank you for your support of the M.I.N.K. League.