Castro Sharp in West Virginia Win

Orlando Castro had another solid outing for West Virginia on Sunday, getting the win in the Power’s 11-2 win against visiting Hagerstown at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. Castro (2-1) went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits while strikeout three and allowing one walk (his first of the season). Castro did well in using his fastball to get ahead of the Hagerstown batters and being aggressive once ahead in the...

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Barrett Barnes Promoted to West Virginia

The Pirates have promoted Barrett Barnes to West Virginia. Barnes was previously in extended Spring Training getting extra at-bats and recovering from an oblique injury that he had at the end of Spring Training. The at-bats were meant to make up for the lost time from the end of camp, and get him ready for the season. Barnes will make West Virginia an even more interesting offense to follow. Currently the best lineup looks like: C...

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Is West Virginia Primed For Another Year of Breakout Players?

I don’t like same-organization player comps. I think they’re lazy, and provide a very limited view. Yet we see them all the time. When the Pirates have a left-handed pitching prospect, he’s just the next Zach Duke or Paul Maholm. The only reason he’s compared to those players is because that’s the frame of reference that Pirates fans have for a left-hander. This is the age of MLB.tv and internet stats, so...

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Pirate City Results: All The Home Runs

This time of year the pitching rotations in the Spring Training games get kind of crazy. Minor league rotations aren’t like big league rotations. There are no Opening Day starters or number two starters. You pitch when you pitch. Pitchers are currently on a schedule in Spring Training, and that schedule carries over to the regular season. Whoever is slated to start on Opening Day is the Opening Day starter. In a lot of cases,...

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Pirates Have Seven Prospects in John Sickels’ Top 150

John Sickels released his top 150 prospects today, and has seven Pittsburgh Pirates prospects on the list. The list can be found here, as well as the thought process that goes into the list. Gerrit Cole came in at fifth overall on the list, finishing as the second best pitcher behind Dylan Bundy (3). Next up was Jameson Taillon, who came in at number 17. Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco were back to back, and both made the top 50....

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