Major League Baseball is creating a Minor League for top eligible prospects leading up to the draft.

The wood-bat MLB Draft League is launching with five teams and could add a sixth. Teams will play a 68-game regular season that includes an All-Star break that would coincide with the draft in early July.

Teams are being awarded to communities that lost franchises as MLB moved to shrink the affiliated minor leagues from 160 to 120 teams this offseason.