the Yankees are adding another low-level minor league team to the system.
This is good. No... great.
Keep in mind, they already field two teams in the Gulf Coast League - the entry level. They are the only team that does this. Adding a team to the Appalachian League would widen our scope at another level, giving more Yankee prospects a shot at everyday play. Theoretically, the best ones will play their way up to Charleston, Tampa and beyond.
I can't think of a better long-range plan than to overpower other franchises by building more facilities, more teams, and giving more prospects a chance. (To get one MLB pitcher these days, you need ten young arms.) Only trouble? The dividends won't show up for years.
The Appalachian League is a bridge between the Gulf Coast and Staten Island. At least, we have an advantage over other teams, and I don't think Bud Selig can do anything about it.