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First Pitch: How the Pirates Can Benefit From a New Minor League Team

First Pitch: How the Pirates Can Benefit From a New Minor League Team

Today the Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they will be adding a new minor league affiliate for the 2014 season. The new team will be located in Bristol, and will play in the Appy League. That league is classified as rookie ball, but my guess is that it will be placed between the GCL and Jamestown in the Pirates system. I wrote about the new team earlier today, and a possible impact it could provide when it comes to additional playing time for some players.

In that article I pointed out that an additional team could have provided more playing time for guys like Enyel Vallejo and Danny Arribas. Vallejo didn't get playing time until late July, and was on fire for the final month of the season. Arribas showed some potential, but had to find playing time at first base due to the presence of Reese McGuire on the same team. I thought about the situation a little more today, thinking about how an additional team could benefit the Pirates from a playing time standpoint. It's going to be im...

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