PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The California Winter League is proud to announce their ninth season in operation, providing an opportunity for players with big league dreams to earn a contract and pave their own path to the top. Since 2010, over 600 contracts have been offered to those players who come out to Southern California to participate. The CWL and our staff take pride in the success stories that have been created for those players who never give up, and would like to recognize the top 10 former CWLers of the 2017 season.


Ozzy Braff attended the CWL last January and was awarded for his efforts, earning a contract with the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League.

Braff is a 24-year old from Palo Alto, California and most recently played collegiate level baseball at San Jose State in 2016. He hit .284 with 6 homers and 26 RBI to go along with 7 stolen bases in 55 games for the Spartans.

He came to the California Winter League in search of a contract to continue his career, and after driving in 5 runs in just 15 ABs and stealing 4 bases with the Alberta Grizzly, Ozzy was offered a contract with the Florence Freedom of the Frontier League for 2017.

The 6’0″, 200-pound infielder/outfielder reported to Florence and had a good season, hitting 4 homers and driving in 17 runs and stealing 4 bases in 44 games.

The CWL congratulates Ozzy on all of his hard work and wishes him the best of luck on his endeavors!