2025 Expansion

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On November 12, 2024 irl date: June 3, 2021 the Bull League held an expansion draft to allow two new teams, the Atlanta Fire Ants and the Denver Grizzlies, to build their rosters prior to debuting in the Metropolitan League for the 2025 season.

The draft was held online using StatsPlus.

Background

Coming off of the 2024 season, the Bull League had noted increased interest from managers through the regular Twitch streams. The league decided that two teams would be added to the Metropolitan League, which had liberal requirements of any major city in the US or Canada that was not close to existing markets.

Atlanta, Georgia, and Denver, Colorado, were chosen as the expansion cities.

Atlanta had never hosted a team in the Bull League before, while Denver had previously been the home of the Denver Highlanders/Danger from 1995 until 2018.

Procedure

The draft was a "serpentine" style draft of 35 rounds. For each round, the teams would alternate the order of picks starting with Atlanta - Denver in Round 1, then Denver - Atlanta in Round 2, and so on. The initial pick was chosen at random by the commissioner.

General managers David Filer of Atlanta and Koty K of Denver would oversee their respective teams' selections.

Each of the existing Bull League clubs were allowed to protect 23 players from their organization, over and above the automatic protection afforded to any player with less than 4 years of service time.

Results

Round Pick Player Position Team from Picked by
1 1 Danny Rodriguez 1B Houston Oilers Atlanta Fire Ants
1 2 John Lahoda LHP Toronto Nomads Denver Grizzlies
2 3 Dan Ashton C Minneapolis Ravens Denver Grizzlies
2 4 Bill Covey LF Kansas City Blizzard Atlanta Fire Ants
3 5 Bill Vaillancourt 1B Chicago Pit Bulls Atlanta Fire Ants
3 6 Rocky Sauve 3B Montreal Metros Denver Grizzlies
4 7 Wing-tat Tien RHP Washington Freedom Denver Grizzlies
4 8 Jose Contreras CF Seattle Salts Atlanta Fire Ants
5 9 Al Hallamore 1B Seattle Salts Atlanta Fire Ants
5 10 Jim Jayne RHP Kansas City Blizzard Denver Grizzlies
6 11 John Legge RF Seattle Salts Denver Grizzlies
6 12 Steve Daniel 2B California Tidals Atlanta Fire Ants
7 13 Teruhito Yoshikawa 3B Grand Rapids Hops Atlanta Fire Ants
7 14 Ernie Martin 3B Houston Oilers Denver Grizzlies
8 15 Ricardo Martinez RF Calgary Inferno Denver Grizzlies
8 16 Shugo Morimoto 2B Montreal Metros Atlanta Fire Ants
9 17 Takahide Higuchi RHP Minneapolis Ravens Atlanta Fire Ants
9 18 Don Cox CF Houston Oilers Denver Grizzlies
10 19 Mac Crawley RHP Nevada Speeders Denver Grizzlies
10 20 Jeremy White LF Kansas City Blizzard Atlanta Fire Ants
11 21 Joel Didkowsky C Miami Storm Atlanta Fire Ants
11 22 Chris Ryder RHP Seattle Salts Denver Grizzlies
12 23 Tony Stead LHP Miami Storm Denver Grizzlies
12 24 Danny Huertero RF Houston Oilers Atlanta Fire Ants
13 25 Tom Bow RHP Minneapolis Ravens Atlanta Fire Ants
13 26 Troy Rover 2B Houston Oilers Denver Grizzlies
14 27 Ricky Naugler LHP Miami Storm Denver Grizzlies
14 28 Melvin Montano LHP Calgary Inferno Atlanta Fire Ants
15 29 Tommy Hall LHP Chicago Pit Bulls Atlanta Fire Ants
15 30 Tony Moya LF Toronto Nomads Denver Grizzlies
16 31 Daniel Lovato C Toronto Nomads Denver Grizzlies
16 32 Jim Griffiths C Houston Oilers Atlanta Fire Ants
17 33 Tom Meehan RHP Nevada Speeders Atlanta Fire Ants
17 34 Miguel Pereira RF Minneapolis Ravens Denver Grizzlies
18 35 Dan Valcourt RHP Grand Rapids Hops Denver Grizzlies
18 36 Mike Mora RHP New York Dragons Atlanta Fire Ants
19 37 Dave Ruiz RHP Chicago Pit Bulls Atlanta Fire Ants
19 38 Leonard Williams 1B Nevada Speeders Denver Grizzlies
20 39 Bill Gonzalez RHP Chicago Pit Bulls Denver Grizzlies
20 40 Jong-pil Suh SS Ohio Oxen Atlanta Fire Ants
21 41 Dale Hanson CF Boston Brawlers Atlanta Fire Ants
21 42 Manny Rosado RHP Houston Oilers Denver Grizzlies
22 43 Mitch Bube SS California Tidals Denver Grizzlies
22 44 Bill Mahoney 1B Chicago Pit Bulls Atlanta Fire Ants
23 45 Wildemar Bello 3B Kansas City Blizzard Atlanta Fire Ants
23 46 Ben Parsons CF Houston Oilers Denver Grizzlies
24 47 Justin Zeiber LHP Boston Brawlers Denver Grizzlies
24 48 Bob Correia 2B Montreal Metros Atlanta Fire Ants
25 49 Isaiah Strachan LHP Kansas City Blizzard Atlanta Fire Ants
25 50 Les Groves C Chicago Pit Bulls Denver Grizzlies
26 51 Rusty Rowe LHP Ohio Oxen Denver Grizzlies
26 52 Keith Nolan RHP New York Dragons Atlanta Fire Ants
27 53 Danny Almanzar RHP New York Dragons Atlanta Fire Ants
27 54 Makar Yasyrev SS Chicago Pit Bulls Denver Grizzlies
28 55 Daniel Garcia RHP Chicago Pit Bulls Denver Grizzlies
28 56 Cameron Hewitt RHP Toronto Nomads Atlanta Fire Ants
29 57 Tom Carroll 3B Montreal Metros Atlanta Fire Ants
29 58 Lipton Cupps SS Grand Rapids Hops Denver Grizzlies
30 59 Miguel Sandoval 3B California Tidals Denver Grizzlies
30 60 Jambunathan Desai 2B Montreal Metros Atlanta Fire Ants
31 61 Mike House RHP New York Dragons Atlanta Fire Ants
31 62 Josse Canas 1B Minneapolis Ravens Denver Grizzlies
32 63 Ramon Leon RHP Houston Oilers Denver Grizzlies
32 64 Roberto Garza SS Washington Freedom Atlanta Fire Ants
33 65 Tom Laitinen LHP Toronto Nomads Atlanta Fire Ants
33 66 Bob Joubert LHP Nevada Speeders Denver Grizzlies
34 67 Zuo-lin Tsou RHP California Tidals Denver Grizzlies
34 68 James Brackett CF Minneapolis Ravens Atlanta Fire Ants
35 69 Brian Currell LF Miami Storm Atlanta Fire Ants
35 70 Ivan Trujillo C Miami Storm Denver Grizzlies


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