Founded in 2005, The West Coast League is a summer wood bat league for college-eligible student-athletes, based in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. It emphasizes accelerating prospect development, increasing player exposure, and bettering its member communities. This is established through providing quality leadership, best-in-class competition, and affordable entertainment in an environment that fosters organization, professionalism, and competition.
Expansion in Kamloops, Nanaimo and Edmonton for the upcoming season increases the league total to 15 teams in B.C., Alberta, Oregon and Washington.
The summer WCL season features a 54-game schedule from June to August, split into two halves. The division winner from each half face each other in the best-of-3 WCL Divisional Series, with the winners advancing to the best-of-3 WCL Championship Series. The Corvallis Knights are four-time defending champions.
For more information, visit westcoastleague.com.
As of the 2020 season, 91 former WCL players have gone on to play in the MLB.
42 WCL alumni played in the MLB during the shortened 2020 season, including eight who made their debut.
Notable alumni include:
- 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner – Shane Bieber (Cowlitz Black Bears, 2014)
- 1st Canadian to throw a no-hitter in Canada – James “The Big Maple” Paxton (Kelowna Falcons, 2007)
- 2018 AL All-Star – Mitch Haniger (Corvallis Knights, 2010)
- Seattle Mariners Opening Day starter, Marco Gonzalez (Wenatchee AppleSox, 2010)