2014 West Virginia Power Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects
Sep25

2014 West Virginia Power Season Recap and Top 10 Prospects

The West Virginia Power have featured a lot of breakout players over the last few years. In 2012 it was Gregory Polanco and Alen Hanson. Last year it was Tyler Glasnow emerging as a top prospect. This time around they were expected to see a lot of breakout candidates. However, injuries prevented that from happening on a grand scale, limiting the seasons of Austin Meadows, Harold Ramirez, and others. They still had breakout players,...

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Wyatt Mathisen Adjusting Well to Third Base
Sep17

Wyatt Mathisen Adjusting Well to Third Base

The 2014 season presented several challenges for 20-year-old Wyatt Mathisen. Not only did he see an aggressive push up to Low A West Virginia, but also saw a position switch. When the Pirates drafted Mathisen out of high school in the 2nd round of the 2012 draft, the original plan was to have Mathisen play catcher. Because of the logjam of catching in the Pirates system, the Pirates moved Mathisen to third base. Mathisen’s athleticism...

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Morning Report: Checking the Progress of the 2012 Draft Class
Sep07

Morning Report: Checking the Progress of the 2012 Draft Class

Last week, we looked at the progress of the top international prospects from 2012 and how they were doing in the system two years later. Now we take a look at the Pirates’ 2012 draft class and how those twenty signed players are doing in the system. That was the year the Pirates didn’t sign Mark Appel and also missed out on fourth round pick Brandon Thomas, so this class was immediately hurt by losing upside talent....

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Morning Report: Wyatt Mathisen Making Up For Lost Time
Aug24

Morning Report: Wyatt Mathisen Making Up For Lost Time

Last season, Wyatt Mathisen got an aggressive push from the Pirates, skipping over Jamestown and going right to West Virginia as a 19-year-old catcher. After being drafted in the second round in 2012, Mathisen signed early and went to the GCL. He got into 45 games and hit well, batting .295/.388/.374 in 139 at-bats, while striking out just 19 times. Mathisen needed plenty of work behind the plate, but the Pirates felt he could handle...

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Prospect Highlights: Lambo Homer, Mathisen Triple, RBI Hits From Bell and Allie
Jul31

Prospect Highlights: Lambo Homer, Mathisen Triple, RBI Hits From Bell and Allie

Four highlights today from three different levels, including a rare West Virginia Power video. Since the Rome Braves are the only team in the SAL that seems to tape games, and only during their home games, we don’t see many Power highlights. We also have a home run from Andrew Lambo from last night and RBI hits from Stetson Allie and Josh Bell. Lambo hit his fifth homer for Indianapolis. Since returning  from his thumb injury,...

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