Puerto Rico used to produce scads of Major Leaguers. Then MLB subjected Puerto Rico to the draft and things dried up considerably. Whether that is mere correlation or causation is a topic for debate, but the idea that Puerto Rico no longer produces baseball talent the way it used to is hard to dispute.
Major League Baseball will launch a training program in Puerto Rico aimed at talented teenagers who cannot afford specialized academies, an effort to spark player development in the U.S. territory..
Officials will hold tryouts this month in the capital of San Juan and select 50 players ages 14-18 to participate in an intensive after-school program, MLB senior vice president for baseball operations Kim Ng said Tuesday.
This is part of a larger initiative in Puerto Rico, but it’s certainly the largest part of it, and something worth doing.