Minor League Player Investment


Our goal is to help minor league players make it to the Major Leagues by providing economic security. We offer a financially beneficial platform for both players and investors.

Michael Schwimer President & CEO

What We Do

Big League Advance, LLC (BLA) is an investment fund that provides minor league baseball players with the resources they need to help make their dream a reality. Players receive capital – not loans – and a player keeps the funds whether or not he ever makes it to the Major Leagues. For players who make it to the Major Leagues, we share in their success. We make our investment decisions and identify prospective players based on innovative analytics developed by our team.

Several of the BLA team members have either played in the minors or have worked in the industry, so we understand the toll it can take on a player’s life first-hand. BLA’s CEO and Founder, Michael Schwimer, was in the minors for three seasons before making it to the pros. During this time, he witnessed extreme sacrifices his fellow teammates had to make.

Working your way to the pros on little to no money and with no support system is no easy task. BLA wants to create ease in the process so talented players can focus on the end goal: improving and growing in the sport enough to reach the pros.

What You Can Expect

Venture Capital

BLA is not a bank that you need to pay back. We are offering players capital to jumpstart their baseball careers regardless of the outcome.

Professionalism

To ensure complete understanding of a potential deal with BLA, we recommend that all players consult with a private lawyer and/or financial consultant before entering into an agreement with us.

We Take the Risk

The upfront payment is not a loan. If you do not reach the major leagues and your career is cut short due to unforeseen circumstances, such as injuries, you do not owe us anything.


Are you a minor league player looking for financial support as you work towards the Major League? Click the button below to contact our player relations team.

CONTACT THE BLA TEAM

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Our contracts are not loans. Players receive an upfront investment from Big League Advance in exchange for an agreed upon percentage of their future Major League earnings. If the player never makes it to the Major Leagues, the player will never owe or pay any money back to Big League Advance.

Our model, while new to baseball, is like many venture capital funds in Silicon Valley.  Big League Advance expects to take a loss on its investments in most players while benefitting on the players who play a long time in the Major Leagues. It is the same as technology venture funds that make numerous investments in start-ups that fail in hopes of finding the next Amazon or Google.

No. In fact, we expect that we will lose money on the vast majority of players we sign. It is extremely difficult to predict which minor league players will end up becoming successful Major League players. More than 90% of minor league players will never play a single day in the Major Leagues. Even top ranked prospects have a hard time making it to the Major Leagues. To illustrate that point, from 2009-2013, 54 players that were ranked as a team’s #1 or #2 prospect, AND were top 100 overall prospects, are either out of baseball or unlikely to make it to arbitration.

Players choose what percentage of their future career earnings they want to give Big League Advance. For example, Big League Advance may offer a player $50,000 for every 1% of his future professional earnings. If a player wanted to sign a deal for 5%, he would receive $250,000, or if he wanted to sign a deal for 10%, he would receive $500,000. While our offer amounts are non-negotiable, the percentage the player would like to give up is up to the player.

We rely on a variety of factors, including players’ background, scouting, and statistics.

Minor League Player Investment