Yesterday I previewed the 2011 West Virginia Power infield, looking at players who could open the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates' low-A affiliate, and looking at players who could make the jump from the lower levels later in the season. Today we'll look at the outfield, again looking at all of the possibile players who could play in West Virginia this season.
The Top Prospects
The biggest outfield prospect who will play in West Virginia this year is 2010 third round pick Mel Rojas Jr. Rojas had a bad debut last year with State College, hitting for a .207/.309/.250 line in 164 at-bats. He plays strong defense, with a great arm, and has a lot of speed. He started off well, with a .265/.368/.347 line in his first month, but struggled the rest of the year. That could be due to the fatigue of playing such a long season. He definitely has the tools to be a good hitter, with some power potential, making him a guy to watch in 2011.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.