Taillon, Cumpton, Grovatt Named to SAL All-Star Game

The West Virginia Power will be sending three players to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, as Jameson Taillon, Brandon Cumpton, and Daniel Grovatt were all named to the team today. Taillon, the first round draft pick from 2010, has a 3.71 ERA in 34 innings this year, with a 27:4 K/BB ratio.  Taillon has allowed one or fewer earned runs in five of his eight outings. Cumpton, who was drafted in the 9th round in 2010, has a 5.11...

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Interview with Jeff Johnson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have spent a lot of money and high draft picks the last few years on pitching, especially young prep pitchers.  A lot of those prep pitchers are pitching in West Virginia this year, giving West Virginia pitching coach Jeff Johnson one of the most important assignments in the organization.  I spoke with Johnson at the West Virginia media day prior to the start of the 2011 season.  Note that this interview...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/7/11

DAILY SUMMARY Top Pitcher: Kyle McPherson (5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR) Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI) Home Runs: None INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Result: Columbus 4, Indianapolis 3 Starting Pitcher: Brian Burres (5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR) Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez (1-for-3, 3B, 2 BB, 2 RBI) Notes: Brian Burres (0-1, 3.60) wasn’t very effective, throwing 75 pitches, with 46 for...

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Minor League Schedule: 4/7

This entire minor league season Pirates Prospects will have a daily minor league thread listing the Pirates minor league teams along with their record, scheduled games, probable starters (when available) and game notes. Be sure to check back throughout the day for any updates such as lineups, minor injuries or for the listing of pitchers not included in the original post. Here is your minor league opening day schedule/probables with...

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2011 West Virginia Power Roster Announced

The West Virginia Power have announced their Opening Day roster for the 2011 season, via a team press release.  The players who will be at the level are as follows: Catchers: Elias Diaz, Kawika Emsley-Pai, Jairo Marquez Infielders: Eric Avila, Matt Curry, Justin Howard, Drew Maggi, Kevin Mort, Gift Ngoepe, Andy Vasquez Outfielders: Dan Grovatt, Rogelios Noris, Mel Rojas Jr Pitchers: Ryan Beckman, Colton Cain, Brandon Cumpton, Kevin...

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