If you head to a Minor League Baseball game this year at any level you may experience some changes that will be happening in 2018.

According to M-Live,  new rules where announced for the upcoming season of Minor League Baseball that will see a runner added for extra innings, a pitch timer and limited visits to the pitchers mound.

The new rule for extra innings will be for all levels of the minor leagues and will see a runner placed at second base.  This rule is to help cut down on the amount of pitchers used in extra innings.

The major leagues have been trying out pitch clocks in recent years but it looks like the minors will have their own pitch timer this year.

15 seconds for Triple A and Double A.  That is to begin their motion with no runners on.   If there is a runner it is 20 seconds. Fail to throw will result in a ball for the batter.

Mound visits will be different depending on the level.  Triple A has the least with 6 per team going down to no limit for short season and rookie leagues.

These rules will be enforced half way into the first month of the season.   It will be interesting to see how this extra innings rule works.     What do you think of these changes for the 2018 season?

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