The Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs is an independent professional baseball league headquartered in Houston, which operates in cities in desert mountain regions throughout California, New Mexico, Arizona, southern Colorado, Kansas and West Texas. The league plays in cities that do not have Major League Baseball or Minor League Baseball teams and is not affiliated with either.
|No. of teams||13|
|Alpine Cowboys |
|Most titles||Roswell Invaders (3)|
The Pecos League operated six teams in the 2011 and 2012 seasons and expanded to eight teams for 2013. Continued growth saw the league reach a high of 10 teams for 2014.
The season is a highly condensed one, in which teams may play 64 games in 78 days, all for a weekly salary of $50 per player.
The Pecos League also operates a spring developmental league, which is a one-month showcase beginning in March for recent college graduates and free agents looking to catch on to a full season league.
In September 2016, Chris Smith was called up to the Toronto Blue Jays becoming the second player from the Pecos League to make a major league roster, though he did not appear in a game. Smith would eventually make his debut for the Blue Jays on June 27, 2017, against the Baltimore Orioles.
On February 25, 2016 it was announced that the Las Cruces Vaqueros would sit out the 2016 season due to severe damage to their home stadium. Expansion team Salina Stockade was added to the league and played a limited 11-game home schedule in 2016.
Following the 2016 season, a drastic shift in the Pecos League landscape occurred as two Kansas teams, the Salina Stockade and Great Bend Boom, both folded, while a third, the Topeka Train Robbers, moved to Bakersfield, California, taking the place of the former Bakersfield Blaze, who folded following the 2016 California League season.
Joining the Train Robbers in California for 2017 are three expansion teams: the High Desert Yardbirds (replacing the California League's High Desert Mavericks), the Monterey Amberjacks, and California City Whiptails. The league also announced a travel team, the Hollywood Stars, who played a handful of home games in Los Angeles.
For 2020, the Martinez Sturgeon, Pittsburg Anchors, and Santa Cruz Seaweed were announced as an expansion teams. It is the first year the league will play with an odd number of teams, as the Mountain Division will be composed of 7 clubs and the Pacific Division will have 6.
|Mountain||Alpine Cowboys||2009||Alpine, Texas||Kokernot Field||1,400|
|Garden City Wind||2015||Garden City, Kansas||Clint Lightner Field||1,000|
|Roswell Invaders||2011||Roswell, New Mexico||Joe Bauman Stadium||500|
|Santa Fe Fuego||2012||Santa Fe, New Mexico||Fort Marcy Ballfield||1,100|
|Trinidad Triggers||2012||Trinidad, Colorado||Central Park||887|
|Tucson Saguaros||2016||Tucson, Arizona||Amphitheater High School|
|White Sands Pupfish||2009||Alamogordo, New Mexico||Jim Griggs Park||600|
|Pacific||Bakersfield Train Robbers||2013||Bakersfield, California||Sam Lynn Ballpark||2,700|
|Martinez Sturgeon||2020||Martinez, California||Waterfront Park|
|Monterey Amberjacks||2017||Monterey, California||Frank E. Sollecito, Jr. Ballpark|
|Pittsburg Anchors||2020||Pittsburg, California||City Field|
|Santa Cruz Seaweed||2020||Santa Cruz, California||Harvey West Park|
|Wasco Reserve||2019||Wasco, California||Wasco Ballpark|
|Bisbee Blue||2014||Bisbee, Arizona||Warren Ballpark|
|California City Whiptails||2017–2019||California City, California||Balsitis Park|
|Carlsbad Bats||2011||Carlsbad, New Mexico||Travel team|
|Douglas Diablos||2014||Douglas, Arizona||Copper King Park|
|Great Bend Boom||2016||Great Bend, Kansas||Al Burns Memorial Field|
|High Desert Yardbirds||2017–2019||Adelanto, California||Adelanto Stadium|
|Las Cruces Vaqueros||2010–2012, 2015||Las Cruces, New Mexico||Apodoca Park|
|Las Vegas Train Robbers||2013–2015||Las Vegas, New Mexico||Rodriguez Park|
|Raton Osos||2013–2014||Raton, New Mexico||Gabrielle Park|
|Ruidoso Osos||2011, 2018||Ruidoso, New Mexico||White Mountain Park|
|Salina Stockade||2016||Salina, Kansas||Dean Evans Stadium|
|Taos Blizzard||2013–2014||Taos, New Mexico||The Tundra|
|Topeka Train Robbers||2016||Topeka, Kansas||Lake Shawnee Park|
League members Former Team
|2011||Roswell Invaders||Ruidoso Osos||2–1 (best-of-3)|
|2012||Alpine Cowboys||Las Cruces Vaqueros||2–1 (best-of-3)|
|2013||Roswell Invaders||Las Vegas Train Robbers||2–0 (best-of-3)|
|2014||Santa Fe Fuego||Alpine Cowboys||2–1 (best-of-3)|
|2015||Roswell Invaders||Santa Fe Fuego||2–0 (best-of-3)|
|2016||Tucson Saguaros||Trinidad Triggers||2–0 (best-of-3)|
|2017||High Desert Yardbirds||Roswell Invaders||2–0 (best-of-3)|
|2018||Bakersfield Train Robbers||Alpine Cowboys||2–1 (best-of-3)|
|2019||Alpine Cowboys||Bakersfield Train Robbers||2–0 (best-of-3)|
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- "Great Bend independent baseball team gets schedule, new name". The Hutchinson News. February 3, 2016.
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- "Pecos League to play with thirteen teams in two divisions for 2020 season" (Press release). Pecos League. February 21, 2020.
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- "Invaders handily end Fuego's wild season, claim 3rd league title". Santa Fe New Mexican. August 4, 2015.
- "Bakersfield Train Robbers win Pecos League Championship". 23 ABC News. August 4, 2018.