Pacific Rim College League
The Pacific Rim College League (PRCL) is a college baseball league operating in the Asia-Pacific region. It is made up of the varsity baseball teams from a number of fictional independent universities, colleges, and junior colleges, many of which have sports specializations. The league played its first season in 2017.
The league is composed of 20 teams from 10 countries, including Australia (3), Fiji (1), Japan (5), Korea (North with 1, and South with 4), New Zealand (2), and one each for the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
A league champion is determined at the end of every season. The first league champions were the Tokyo College Veterans, of Tokyo, Japan. The most recent championship team were the Pyongyang Stellar U Continentals in 2018.
The Bull Baseball League launched the PRCL as one of two college leagues in the winter/spring of 2017. The purpose was to provide additional experienced players for the annual major-level Bull League draft.
The Asia-Pacific region was chosen in order to bring more international players into the league directly from college level through the draft, as opposed to the infrequent international scouting and international established free agent method.
For the 2018 season, some teams were renamed, but the league remained largely as it was from the previous year. The first PRCL championship team was the Tokyo College Veterans.
Structure and season
The PRCL is divided into two regional conferences. The AOC (Australasian-Oceanic Conference) consists of teams from Australia, New Zealand, and several other Asia-Pacific regional countries. One division contains all of the Australian and New Zealand teams, while the other contains all the rest of the region's teams. The JKC (Japan-Korea Conference) consists of teams from Japan, and the Korean peninsula. One division is entirely Japanese teams, while the other contains four South Korean and one North Korean team.
All teams in the PRCL play a 54-game schedule, the second-longest schedule for an amateur league. Beginning with the 2018 season, the regular season starts in mid-January, and ends in Mid-March. Teams play each other team a total of 6 times through the course of the season.
Championship and interconference play
At the end of each season a playoff is held to determine a PRCL championship team. Only the division winners qualify, and the playoffs consist of two rounds. The first round is a best-of-three match up between each conference's two division winners. The winners of this round move on to play the best-of-five PRCL World Series, in order to determine the best international college team.
Mid-way through the season, there is an interconference All-Star game, held generally in mid-February, which pits the best players selected from each conference.
|ANZ||Brisbane College Rockets||Brisbane, AUS|
|Melbourne U Admirals||Melbourne, AUS|
|Queenstown U Falcons||Queenstown, NZ|
|Sydney Sports Academy Wet Sox||Sydney, AUS|
|Wellington College Bulls||Wellington, NZ|
|Oceania||Fiji College Red Wolves||Suva, FIJ|
|Hanoi College Beacons||Hanoi, VT|
|Manila U Aztecs||Manila, PH|
|Singapore Baseball Academy Peacocks||Singapore, SG|
|Taipei Sports Academy Ice Pilots||Taipei, TW|
|Japan||Kobe Tech Bloodmutts||Kobe, JP|
|Osaka U Masons||Osaka, JP|
|Sapporo College Avengers||Sapporo, JP|
|Tokyo College Veterans★||Tokyo, JP|
|Yokohama U Spirit||Yokohama, JP|
|Korea||Busan Technical Institute Brawlers||Busan, ROK|
|Daegu College Renegades||Daegu, ROK|
|Incheon College Sultans||Incheon, ROK|
|Pyongyang Stellar U Continentals★||Pyongyang, DPRK|
|Seoul U Sushi||Seoul, ROK|
|1||Pyongyang Stellar U Continentals||JKC||2018|
|1||Tokyo College Veterans||JKC||2017|
The PRCL recognizes outstanding players after the end of each season.
Most Valuable Player
The PRCL Most Valuable Player Award is given to the top position player in both conferences in recognition of their contribution to their team.
|2017||Rafael Knowles||Hanoi College||Teruhito Yoshikawa||Pyongyang Stellar U|
|2018||Shikato Hayashida||Melbourne U||Teruhito Yoshikawa (2)||Pyongyang Stellar U|
Pitcher of the Year
The PRCL Pitcher of the Year Award is awarded to the top pitcher in the OAC and JKC conferences. Relievers are not eligible for this award.
|2017||Chae-pong Yeun||Melbourne U||Mei-shan Siu||Seoul U|
|2018||Nariyuki Nishino||Manila U||Zuo-lin Tsuo||Pyongyang Stellar U|
The two conferences play an All-Star game every year.
|2017||AOC (1-0)||4-0||JKC (0-1)||AOC||Li Woo (FIJ)||Katsuji Sato (SIN)||Hyun-chul Hoang (KOB)|
|2018||JKC (1-1)||4-0||AOC (1-1)||JKC||James Zulueta (DAE)||Terrence Lawton (SAP)||Chito Acance (FIJ)|
As with the senior college and university leagues, players only become eligible at age 21 or higher in the PRCL.