Remember last month when I said that West Virginia would be the most exciting team to watch this summer? It would have been easy to put Bradenton in there. They've got the top two prospects in the system in Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon, plus talented guys like Colton Cain, Alex Dickerson, and Mel Rojas Jr. But West Virginia has a lot of guys with breakout potential. There's not much that Cole or Taillon can do to surprise us. They either dominate and live up to expectations, or they disappoint by doing less.
We're starting to see why West Virginia is the most exciting team to watch in the system this year. What have fans been saying the system needs? Hitters. What does West Virginia have? Hitters.
In addition to the obvious hitter, Josh Bell, the Power offense has a lot of intriguing guys.
There's a long term hole at first base in Pittsburgh. Meanwhile West Virginia has Jose Osuna, who hit two doubles tonight, has raw power, and is hitting for a .345 average in the young season.
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.