Jameson Taillon Makes His Return to the Mound

Jameson Taillon, the top prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, made his first start for the West Virginia Power tonight since June 14th.  Taillon had a two week lay-off due to a tight pectoral muscle.  The injury coincided with the South Atlantic League All-Star Break, although the Pirates wanted to play it safe, and skipped Taillon the first time through the rotation coming out of the break.  The long break resulted in a limit...

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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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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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2011 West Virginia Power Preview: The Outfield

Yesterday I previewed the 2011 West Virginia Power infield, looking at players who could open the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ low-A affiliate, and looking at players who could make the jump from the lower levels later in the season.  Today we’ll look at the outfield, again looking at all of the possibile players who could play in West Virginia this season. The Top Prospects The biggest outfield prospect who will...

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Report from Pirate City – 3/18

The Pirates’ minor leaguers today went up against Toronto’s in two class A level exhibition games.  (The level designations mean little at this stage, as players haven’t gotten their assignments yet and much of the AAA teams are still in major league camp, forcing a lot of temporary upward movement.)  The main attraction was the Pirates’ hard-throwing 2010 second round draft pick, Stetson Allie, who started the...

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