Coming in to the 2011 season, the West Virginia rotation was one of the biggest stories in the minors. The rotation was set to have all of the guys from the 2009 draft class, as well as Jameson Taillon and possibly Stetson Allie. Allie didn't make it, but Taillon and the 2009 prep pitchers did. The Pirates had more pitching prospects than roster spots, constantly making paper moves to "send a player down to State College" after a start, in order to bring up a pitcher for the next day. The players never actually left West Virginia. They were just left off the roster until their next start, all to create extra space.
Here is a rundown of all of the pitchers at the level this year, broken down by age group.
2011 West Virginia Power: Hitters
2011 West Virginia Power: Pitchers
2011 West Virginia Power: Top 10 Prospects
Von Rosenberg was hit hard for most of the season in West Virginia.
The standout from this group is top prospect Jameson Taillon. The 2010 first roun...
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