The Cincinnati Reds will add a minor-league team in the rookie-level Appalachian League that will play its games in Greeneville, Tennessee, according to multiple team sources. The move was first reported by Baseball America but has yet to be announced by the Reds. The team, which is currently unnamed, will not replace any current Reds minor-league affiliate. Instead, it will slot below Rookie-Advanced Billings and above the Arizona Rookie League on the minor-league ladder. Like Billings in the Pioneer League, the Greeneville team will not play games until after the June draft. The Houston Astros previously owned and operated an Appalachian League team in Greeneville, but left the league after this past season. The Reds were one of the several teams interested in filling the vacancy, according to a source, and had been working for multiple years to add a minor-league team. The Reds wanted the extra team in order to have more spots for players to play every day throughout their domestic leagues. The addition gives the Reds a total of nine minor-league teams – a rookie-league squad in Arizona, two in the Dominican Republic, two Rookie-Advanced teams, two A-ball teams and teams at Double- and Triple-A.
Cincinnati Reds to add minor-league team in Appalachian League
Cincinnati Enquirer | Oct 5