Williams: The 2018 West Virginia Roster Could Rebuild the Pirates’ Farm System

Oneil Cruz is one of the breakout candidates expected to be in West Virginia next year. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Williams: The 2018 West Virginia Roster Could Rebuild the Pirates’ Farm System

The West Virginia Power have been home to some of the biggest breakout prospects over the years. Gregory Polanco, Tyler Glasnow, and Mitch Keller were some of the players who made the jump to top prospect status during their time in West Virginia. The Pirates have also seen smaller scale success stories in West Virginia, with breakouts like JaCoby Jones and other players who wouldn't crack a top 100, but could and have reached the majors.

This year's team had the breakout players, but didn't have the impact. The breakouts of Eduardo Vera and Oddy Nunez were more of the smaller scale variety. The performance from Adrian Valerio wasn't quite small scale, but wasn't a big impact yet either. You see so many young players breaking out at this level for a reason. The Pirates load up on highly...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail


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, 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.

More in Analysis

Mitchell Tolman Trying to Make the Adjustments For His Jump to the Upper Levels

Tim WilliamsNovember 18, 2017

Adam Oller Quietly Had an Impressive Season for Morgantown

John DrekerNovember 17, 2017

Brandon Waddell Getting Some Valuable Experience Out of the Bullpen in the AFL

Tim WilliamsNovember 16, 2017

JT Brubaker Becomes the Latest Pirates Pitching Prospect to Consistently Hit 99 MPH

Tim WilliamsNovember 14, 2017

Who Do the Pirates Need to Protect From the 2017 Rule 5 Draft?

Tim WilliamsNovember 13, 2017

Late Round Draft Pick Jesse Medrano Brings Versatility to the Table

John DrekerNovember 11, 2017

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2017 Pirates Prospects