The West Virginia Power lost one prospect on Sunday and gained another. Pitcher Cam Vieaux was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 11th, while shortstop Adrian Valerio was added to the active roster.
Valerio was supposed to begin the season with West Virginia this year. Near the middle of Spring Training, he had his hand broken on a hit-by-pitch. The reports from Pirate City before the injury and during his recent rehab games were all very positive regarding his offense. Valerio is a strong defensive shortstop, who will likely split time with Stephen Alemais at the spot. Both of them have played second base before, mostly in the Fall Instructional League and Spring Training, so it's possible that they will form the double play combo on occasion for the Power. Alemais is expec...
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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.