Welcome to the site of the Ozark Generals, the Generals participate in the MINK League (a wood bat league). The MINK Baseball League is a summer collegiate baseball league with eight teams throughout Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska & Kansas. Ozark is the oldest team in the league as the team was started in 1945. The current organization took over management in 1996.
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.
Official Press Release for the MINK All-Star Game:
ST. JOSEPH, MO - (July 6, 2015): With the first ever M.I.N.K. League Home Run Derby and All-Star Game quickly approaching, the MINK league is excited to announce the selected participants and athletes representing the eight teams that make up the league. 30 of the best players from the North Division will take on 30 of the best players from the South Division on July 9, 2015. These players were carefully selected by coaches of the MINK league based on their respective statistics, experience and outstanding competitive drive on and off the field.
Likewise, one player was selected to represent each team in the home-run derby. Jonathon Ramone [Sedalia Bombers; 7 home-runs this season] and Kasey Cooper [Branson Nationals; 4 home-runs this season]; the MINK League home-run leaders who will be debuting their power-hitting abilities at Phil Welch stadium Thursday. The other six participants are: Trent Hill of the St. Joseph Mustangs, Chase Hamilton of the Clarinda A’s, Josh Vanderpool of the Joplin Outlaws, Derek Rodigo of the Chillicothe Mudcats, Andrew Kendrick of the Ozark Generals and Taylor Walker of the Nevada Griffons.
A very unique part of the inaugural home-run derby is the fact that all eight hitters will be using aluminum bats instead of wood. These aluminum bats, however, are not the standard bats used in college, rather, they are composite bats. The composite bats were used in college, high school and little league baseball until 2010 but banned following the 2010 season when BBCOR bats were introduced. These composite bats make the balls travel farther and the use of them in the MINK League Home-Run Derby brings the promise of large home runs and plenty of excitement.
Shortly following the conclusion of the home-run derby and trophy presentation, the inaugural MINK League All-Star game will begin with a first pitch set at 7:15. Some of the biggest names in the MINK League are set to make their All-Star debut with the league batting average leader; Robert Pierto [Ozark Generals; .410 batting average] and league doubles leader; Trey Turner [Branson Generals; 10 doubles] taking charge for the South team. While Jonathon Ramon; the league home-run leader and Clayton Daniels; the league-hits leader [Clarinda A’s; 34 hits] will be taking charge for the North team.
Both teams are matched up very well in all areas of play as many of the league's top pitchers will be taking the mound including Preston Felgate [St. Joseph Mustangs, 0.30 era] who is the league leader in ERA among starters. Felgate, on the North team, will be joined by strikeout leader, Sam Perez [Sedalia Bombers; 45 strikeouts] and Robert Beltran [Chillicothe Mudcats] who is ranked second in strikeouts with 35. The South team will be led by JC Hatcher [Joplin Outlaws] who ranks third in strikeouts at 32 and Austin Kretchmar [Branson Nationals] who ranks second in saves.
Tickets are available to view this Inaugural Showcase event by visiting or calling the Phil Welch Stadium box office at 816-279-7856. Gates will open at 5 pm for the Home Run Derby. General Admission tickets are $6.50 each, and reserved chair back Box Seats are $10.50. Children 3 and under get in free.
The All-Star Game and Home-Run Derby will be broadcast live via uclicktv.com.
Written by Nick Hartman