The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that they have added a new minor league affiliate in the Appy League. The team will play in Bristol, VA, starting in 2014.  The Pirates Bristol affiliate will play in the five team Appalachian League West Division along with Kingsport (New York Mets), Greeneville (Houston), Elizabethton (Minnesota) and Johnson City (St. Louis).

The Appalachian League is a rookie league, on the same level as the GCL. Presumably this will allow the Pirates to give more playing time and development to younger players, although I'm not sure exactly how big of an impact this could provide. People will look at this and envision an entire team of prospects that could benefit. In reality, the amount of players who could benefit would be minimal.

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