farm club

A minor-league baseball club owned by or having an agreement with a major-league team for the purposes of developing young or inexperienced players and retaining veteran players in reserve when a call-up is needed due to injury.

Mookie Betts on the Pawtucket Red Sox
Mookie Betts on the Pawtucket Red Sox

Syn. farm, 1; farm team; farming ground. 1st use. 1896. “[Dick] Padden, who has been playing with the Pittsburg farm club in the eastern league, has been called back” (The Boston Globe, July 15; Peter Morris).

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