Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson Homer for West Virginia

Game two of the four game series in Lakewood, saw the West Virginia lineup explode for nine runs, with the highlights being home runs from Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco. Zack Dodson picked up the win with two runs over six innings, with both runs coming in the first inning. Just like yesterday, I’ll have the individual player reports on Hanson, Willy Garcia, Jose Osuna and Taylor Lewis, as well as Polanco, who didn’t...

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West Virginia Power Player Notes: 6/25/12

West Virginia started a four game series in Lakewood tonight with Nick Kingham on the mound. This was the first time I saw him pitch, as well as the first time seeing Alen Hanson, Willy Garcia and Jose Osuna. Gregory Polanco wasn’t in the starting lineup, although he did pinch hit in the ninth. Although not in the same prospect class as the other three batters, I kept an eye on Taylor Lewis as well. Nick Kingham Kingham’s...

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Prospect Notebook: New Addition Rowland Dropped Arm Slot During Off-Season

Robby Rowland was about to lay down for a nap a few hours before tip-off in the Final Four game between Kentucky and Louisville when he got the call. Arizona Diamondbacks farm director called to inform Rowland that he had been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates received Rowland in a deal that allowed the Arizona Diamondbacks to keep 2011 Rule 5 pick Brett Lorin. Arizona drafted Lorin in December after the Pirates’...

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2012 West Virginia Power Season Preview

The 2012 West Virginia Power will feature one of the most interesting teams to watch in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league system this year, with a lot of high upside prospects at the level. The team will open with three top ten prospects in Josh Bell, Stetson Allie, and Nick Kingham. High upside guys like Jose Osuna, Alen Hanson, Willy Garcia, Gregory Polanco, Ryan Hafner, Zack Dodson, and Zack Von Rosenberg will also be on...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: First Base

Heading in to the 2011 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking for a short term answer at first base.  They ended up signing Lyle Overbay, who was coming off a 2010 season where he posted a .243/.329/.433 line in Toronto, which was actually a down year for the first baseman.  Overbay struggled big time with the Pirates, hitting for a .227/.300/.349 line in 352 at-bats before getting released on August 5th.  After he was released,...

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