Interview with Kawika Emsley-Pai

One of the milder surprise players in the 2011 Pirates’ minor league system is Kawika Emsley-Pai, the Catcher/Designated Hitter for the West Virginia Power. Emsley-Pai was originally a 10th round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010, but was cut after just one short-season stint for them.

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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 Infield

We’ve covered the Altoona, Indianapolis, and Bradenton infields so far.  The final full season team to cover is the West Virginia Power. Here is a look at each position, with an attempt to try and figure out the opening day roster at the end. Catcher The top catching prospects in the lower level are Elias Diaz and Joey Schoenfeld.  Both catchers spent time in the Gulf Coast League, and both could move up to full season ball this...

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Pirates Sign Kawika Emsley-Pai

I’ve been meaning to post this minor news for the last few days, but kept putting it on the back burner. The Pirates signed minor league catcher Kawika Emsley-Pai to a minor league deal on Thursday. Emsley-Pai was drafted in the tenth round of the 2010 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, but was released in December. He hit for a .167/.265/.200 line in 90 at-bats in short season A-ball. As Colin Dunlap points out, the Arizona...

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