Yankees to field second Gulf Coast League affiliate in 2013

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This has been rumored for a while, but it’s now official according to MiLB.com: the Yankees will field a second rookie level Gulf Coast League affiliate in 2013. The league is expanding from 14 teams to 16 teams as the Bombers double up and the Mets re-join the circuit after a one-year, cost-saving hiatus.

The GCL is lowest domestic minor league level, and it’s usually occupied by recent draftees and internationally signed free agents playing in the United States for the first time. Fielding a second team is a major positive for the farm system, as it’ll provide more innings and at-bats for the young kids. I doubt the two affiliates will play each other (would be neat), but either way this is big and important improvement to the organization’s minor league development system.

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  • RetroRob

    Good move. Better development and increases the opportunity to sign other players. With the restrictions in the CBA, I’m hoping the Yankees look for ways to use their resources to pump up player development.

  • LK

    Hey Mike, do you know how common it is for a team to have 2 teams at the same minor league level? Could the Yankees field 2 international league teams at AAA or is this a GCL-only thing? Just looking for some context as to how unusual this is (it seems strange to me, but I’m no expert on the minors).

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a team fielding two full season affiliates at the same level. It’s fairly common in the low minors, the short season leagues.

      • LK

        Thanks a lot, Mike.

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  • Scardino

    Yes. They should be throwing money at player development like its a Joba-Youk AB

  • kenthadley

    Good news if this is purely for improving the player development system, and not cutting back on something else in the system. I’ll assume it is for the positive. Always like to see the kids succeed. Many years ago teams had upwards of 15 or more minor league teams, but it doesn’t make sense today. Back in the thirties, if you knew which hand to put in a glove you could find a minor league team to play for.

    • Ted Nelson

      What would they be cutting back on by adding a team?

  • Reggie C.

    Looks like a nice landing spot for everyone’s favorite DJ successor … Carmen Angellini.

  • All Praise Be To Mo

    Nice, is there any limit to the amount of minor league teams a team can have? Why not make a few EST teams for kids in Latin America and sign a bunch on the cheap and hope they pan out?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      No limit that I know of, but it is pretty expensive to field a MiLB affiliate.

      • RetroRob

        I’d imagine it would also be more difficult to field a team once up to the AA level, or at least a team that the MLB club would have any interest in funding. The lower levels there’s still plenty of players to develop and assess. AA? Much smaller returns, if any at all, I’d think.

  • A.D.

    Makes sense especially if the Yanks focus on drafting HS players

  • Kanes Red Peni

    I like it alot. I just got back from Sears and I think I’m gonna have a bologna sandwich.

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

    LOL Mets.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I can only imagine that this is a very good thing for helping the kids get off on the right foot with the pro game. Great idea.

  • Zach

    Does an Org. make any profit with GCL teams? They have close to 0 attendance and I believe admission is free anyway. Obviously they make their money at other levels but how much do you think they lose with GCL teams?

  • jeff

    This is an intresting way for the yankees to flex their financial might, since they cant overpay for quality prospects because of the spending restrictions, this in theory can help them take the quantity approach, with so much of scouting past the first 10-20 guys a crapshoot anyway, this has to increase the odds they yankees find someone of use in their lower-level prospects simply by having more than everyone else.

  • Back in the Saddle

    So do the Yankees keep their second DSL team along with a second GCL team?