West Virginia @ Hagerstown (DH) – July 26

Game One – West Virginia 8, Hagerstown 4
Game Two – Hagerstown 9, West Virginia 3

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Phillip Irwin Pitches Seven No-Hit Innings

West Virginia Power starting pitcher Phillip Irwin pitched seven no hit innings tonight against Hagerstown, allowing two walks, while striking out eight.  Irwin was pulled in the eighth inning for Ryan Kelly, who got the first two outs before allowing a solo homer to make the game 9-1. This comes about three weeks after West Virginia starter Nathan Baker tossed eight no-hit innings, with no walks and eight strikeouts, before Gabriel...

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Nathan Baker Promoted to Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted Nathan Baker to Bradenton, according to a West Virginia team press release.  Baker made 16 starts in West Virginia this year, with a 2.99 ERA in 87.1 innings, plus a 6.5 K/9 and a 2.1 BB/9 ratio.  Baker recently had a nice string of starts in the last week, first pitching eight no-hit innings with no walks and eight strikeouts, and following that up with six innings, allowing an unearned...

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June Prospects Rundown: West Virginia Power

West Virginia still doesn’t have many top prospects in the Pirates’ farm system, with most of the top guys in the level falling in the 11-20 range at best, and probably in the 30s in some cases.  A lot of the guys having success this year in West Virginia draw questions as to the legitimacy of their success.  That’s either because they’ve been at the level before, because they’re a year or two...

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Interview with Casey Erickson

Recently I was given the opportunity to interview Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospect Casey Erickson.  Erickson was acquired by the Pirates in June 2009 in the Eric Hinske trade, which also brought catching prospect Eric Fryer.  The Pirates agreed to pay the rest of Hinske’s 2009 salary to the New York Yankees to get Erickson and Fryer in the deal. Erickson posted a 1.17 ERA after the trade in 38.1 innings, with a...

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