The West Virginia Power have activated shortstop JaCoby Jones from the disabled list, placing infielder Adam Landecker on the disabled list to open up a roster spot. This comes at the same time that Jones was named by MiLB.com as the best shortstop in the South Atlantic League for the 2014 season.
Jones returns to the lineup with five games left and still has a chance to become the first Pittsburgh Pirates minor league player to reach the 20/20 mark in homers and stolen bases since Adam Boeve accomplished that during the 2007 season. Jones has a .292/.353/.502 slash line in 114 games, with 22 homers and 17 steals. He is second in the SAL in homers, fourth in OPS and fifth in slugging.
The Power also announced that reliever Brett McKinney has been promoted to Bradenton. The 23-year-old righty has a 2.20 ERA in 49 innings over 37 appearances, with 48 strikeouts and a .205 BAA. No other roster move for Bradenton has been announced yet.
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.