VSL/ West Virginia Roster Updates

Since posting our VSL season preview the team has added four new players to their roster including three just this morning. Outfielder Edgard Munoz was added three days ago. He is a 19 year old switch hitter but he checks in at just 5″8 150 lbs so between the advanced starting age and size we didn’t make much mention of it besides the game notes in the daily minor league schedule post. This morning the team has added three more names that appear much more interesting.

Luis Rico- A 17 year old 6″1 lefty pitcher from Venezuela

Jorge Mendoza- 16 year old 6″2 righty from Venezuela. His birthday was just 5 days before the July 2nd cutoff so he was able to sign and get into the system before turning 17.

Bealyn Chourio- 17 year old switch hitting shortstop

The VSL allows teams to carry 35 players on their active roster so the team still has three open roster spots available as the roster now sits at 32.

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West Virginia also made three roster moves today. They put Gift Ngoepe on the 7 day DL. He hasn’t played since May 14th. They also added Justin Bencsko to the roster and assigned him to the minor league DL. He has not played yet this season. Finally, Porfirio Lopez has been reassigned from Bradenton to West Virginia. It was not a surprising move as he made the huge jump from the DSL to Bradenton this season and had struggled as of recent in two of his last four outings. He still posted an excellent K rate with 18 in his 19.2 IP.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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