It was announced yesterday that the Braves had signed 4 year deal with Lynchburg (after losing their affiliation with Myrtle Beach to the Rangers), which leaves the Reds in a quandary for their High-A squad for next season and beyond.
According to the article:
Only five high-A affiliates will change hands this season, with Lynchburg being one of them. Since Texas is likely moving into Myrtle Beach, that left the Braves with no choices if they wanted to stay in the Carolina League. The only other openings were in the California League — in Rancho Cucamonga, at Inland Empire and in Bakersfield, the Rangers’ former high-A home.
This seemingly sends the Reds High A kids back to the West Coast, where their High A team was in ’01 & ’02 (before moving to Potomac for two years, then to Sarasota in the FSL until this season).
An article from Ballpark Digest states:
The loss leaves the Reds in the lurch. There are only three High Class A teams left on the block, and they’re all in the Cal League: the Bakersfield Blaze, the Inland Empire 66ers and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. We’re told the Los Angeles Dodgers will be buying into the Quakes and switching affiliations. If so, then it will be down to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Reds to fight over the 66ers and the Blaze. We’d be amazed if the 66ers didn’t end up with the Angels; that would leave the Reds with the Blaze.
I miss the days of being able to see the Reds High A team while on vacation in Sarasota.