Dominican Academy Taking Shape
With 2013 quickly drawing to a close, it is time we look ahead to what is coming up in 2014. As you may know, the Mariners are renovating their Spring Training facilities in Peoria, Arizona but you may not know that the club is also building a brand new facility in the Dominican Republic that will be completed shortly.
The academy in the Dominican Republic will have all the equipment, facilities and staff to train up to 80 top Latin prospects. It will make the Mariners one of a handful of MLB teams building and owning an academy in Latin America. The new academy will be located on 24 acres and will be a residential facility where prospects will live, work out, go to school and develop their baseball skills.
The facilities will include:
- Two full-sized fields with room to build a third field if needed
- Practice infield
- Agility field
- Lighted, covered batting cages
- Bullpen facilities with six pitcher’s mounds
- Dormitory space for up to 80 players, plus coaches and trainers
- Dining hall
- Classrooms for English language and Spanish literacy instruction
- Computer lab and access to recreational activities on site
Here’s a gallery of the progress that has been made on its way to being ready by February 1st.