Coastal Plain (Summer Collegiate) League
Founded in 1997, and comprised of the some of the top college players from across the country, the Coastal Plain League is one of the nation's premier Summer Collegiate Baseball leagues. Sanctioned by Major League Baseball and the Summer Collegiate Baseball Association, all players are NCAA eligible and are unpaid in order to maintain their eligibility. The league also has an agreement with MLB to assist in the development of young umpires; at the end of 2020 a total of 8 Major League umpires were graduates of the program.
Each team is operated in a similar manner to a professional minor league team, providing players an opportunity to play under the same conditions using wooden bats, minor league specification baseballs, experiencing overnight road trips and playing nightly before fans in a stadium.
The league takes it's name from the Coastal Plain League which operated as a class D level minor league throughout the 1930's and 1940's. Many of the Coastal Plain League teams play in the same towns as the historic league's teams, modern CPL teams take the names of the Wilson Tobs and the Peninsula Pilots, two of the more well known class D teams from the early Coastal Plain League and Carolina League.
- Raleigh Redwolves (1997)
- Rocky Mount Rockfish (1997-1998)
- Durham Braves (1997-2001)
- Durham Americans (2002-2003)
- New Bern River Rats (2005-2007)
- Spartanburg Stingers (2003-2007)
- Outer Banks Daredevils (1997/1999-2011)
- Columbia Blowfish (2006-2014)
- Petersburg Generals (2000-2016)
- Edenton Steamers (1998-2019)
- Fayetteville Swampdogs (2001-2019)
- Gastonia Grizzlies (2002-2019)
- Florence Redwolves (1998-2019)
Coastal Plain League Alumni in Major League Baseball