Last year's West Virginia group started off slow, and didn't look like a strong team. By the end of the season, there were some interesting prospects, due to a few breakouts on the pitching side, and a few strong position player performances.
I've been giving an early look to all of the minor league rosters next year, focusing on the depth for each team, and which players could move up. The Bradenton squad should see most of those players from West Virginia, including all of the breakout pitchers. They will also get some of the most interesting players from Morgantown.
Overall, this group is weaker than last year's group, which featured top prospects like Mitch Keller, Taylor Hearn, Cole Tucker, and Ke'Bryan Hayes, to name a few. But there will be some prospects to follow, with the h...
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