The 2013 minor league season begins on Thursday. In the days leading up to the opener, I will be previewing the full season affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Here is a look at the 2013 West Virginia Power, who will feature top prospects Josh Bell and Dilson Herrera on their Opening Day roster.
C - Wyatt Mathisen
1B - Stetson Allie
2B - Dilson Herrera
SS - Max Moroff
3B - Eric Wood
LF - Walker Gourley
CF - Raul Fortunato (Barrett Barnes)
RF - Josh Bell
DH - D.J. Crumlich
Last year West Virginia had the most talent in the system, and two of the biggest breakout prospects in the game. This year they've got a roster full of young talent, with several players having breakout potential. That could lead to another strong year for the Power.
Josh Bell was a guy to watch heading into last season. He only played for one month before going down with a knee injury. Bell had his recovery delayed due to swelling in the knee, and ended up missing the sea...
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