Minor Moves: JaCoby Jones to Disabled List, Wholesale Changes For West Virginia Roster

On Sunday, we reported that JaCoby Jones tweaked his knee during pre-game warm-ups and he was listed day-to-day. On Monday, he was placed on the seven-day disabled list retroactive to Friday. That kicked off a plethora of moves on the West Virginia roster.

Bradenton sent both infielder Ashley Ponce and outfielder Jeff Roy to West Virginia. Outfielder Candon Myles was sent to Bristol to make room for Roy. Ponce can play shortstop, so he could see time there until Jones returns.

The Power also sent pitcher Justin Topa to the seven-day disabled list and activated Zack Von Rosenberg. The Topa move was made retroactive to June 19th, so he is eligible to come off the DL on Thursday.

Von Rosenberg was once a top prospect in the Pirates system after receiving a seven figure bonus in the 2009 draft. He has never developed into the pitcher the Pirates hoped he would become and he hasn’t pitched yet this year. Last season, the 23-year-old righty made 14 relief appearances for Bradenton.

Second baseman Ulises Montilla suffered a severe lower leg injury during Sunday’s Bristol game. It delayed the game 19 minutes and he needed to be carted off the field. Montilla’s season is over. He has been placed on the minor league 60-day disabled list.

John Dreker

Author: 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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  • Lee Young

    I just hope ZVR invested wisely.

  • R Edwards

    Big shame about Montilla – he was my sleeper prospect going into this year. Was he taken out at a play at second base? If not, what happened that caused the injury?

    • John Dreker

      I wrote it up in the Prospect Watch, but it was a collision with Trae Arbet on a ball hit up the middle. I’ve heard it was a broken shin bone and it sounded like that could be what happened from someone who was right there, but haven’t confirmed that. Either way, 60 day DL in the minors is rare, so it’s a serious injury

  • CTBucco

    Just terrible news about Montilla. Really a shame for him to lose the year of development and for the Bucs to lose a MIF prospect for the year.

  • st1300b

    I’ve watched ZVR live and he struck me as better than Tyler Waldron which the FO seems to like alot. Is it injuries, or talent… not sure…
    The one projectable capability Pitch Velocity may be the aspect that ZVR hasn’t developed? Last I saw he was still sitting 88-89 – until or if ever he moves that needle his career is in a rut it seems.

    • John Dreker

      ZVR has never pitched well and his velocity has gone down since HS. He is a roster filler at this point, sad to say it, because he has that pitcher body/frame they seem to like. I saw a start of his a couple years back for WV and I thought he was going to get killed by a line drive. The hitters were squaring everything up, yet he gave up just one run, craziest game I ever saw. I think the other team had about 10 real loud outs and some of the foul balls were fan-seeking missiles. It was by far the worst one run over six innings start I’ve ever seen. On paper, people were praising it that night, but seeing it live, it was very bad. In his next three starts combined, he allowed 18 earned runs over 11 innings, which wasn’t at all surprising