Minor Leagues: W.Va. Power roster is coming together
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Pittsburgh Pirates prospects Stetson Allie and Josh Bell were assigned to the West Virginia Power last season, but neither survived the month of April.
Allie, who converted from pitcher to infielder, and Bell, who is recovered from the knee injury that sidelined him for the duration of his first professional baseball season, are among the 25 players on the Power's opening day roster.
Five of those players are among the Pirates' top 20 prospects, according to Baseball America.
West Virginia opens its regular season this Thursday night when it hosts Asheville for a four-game series. The Power plays its first seven games at Appalachian Power Park.
Allie opened last season as the Pirates' No. 9 overall prospect, according to Baseball America, but he switched positions last summer after recording two outs in two appearances with the Power last April.
He walked eight batters, gave up four earned runs and was demoted after recording a 54.00 earned run average.
Allie is no longer one of the organization's top 30 prospects, but heralded youngsters will surround him in his first full season as a position player.
Bell is rated the highest of the quintet of rising stars, although he dropped from No. 3 to No. 6 on the organization's top prospects list. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound outfielder signed the largest bonus ($5 million) of any second-round draft pick in Major League history in 2011, and then hit .274 with one home run and 11 RBI before injuring his left knee while running the bases April 24.
He had knee surgery to repair the meniscus in that knee three days later and didn't play again in 2012.
Allie and Bell were the Pirates' second-round draft picks in 2010 and '11, respectively. Last summer's second-round selection, Wyatt Mathisen, will also open with the Power.
The 6-1, 205-pound catcher is rated as the Pirates' No. 15 prospect. He hit .295 with one home run and 15 RBI in 45 games after being drafted last summer.
Second basemen Dilson Herrera, like Mathisen, is 19 and one of the organization's best infield prospects. The 5-10, 150-pound Herrera is rated by Baseball America as the Pirates' No. 20 prospect.
Right-handers Clay Holmes (No. 10 prospect) and Tyler Glasnow (No. 19 prospect) headline the pitching staff.
Holmes is a 6-5, 230-pounder who was drafted out of Slocomb (Ala.) High School in 2011. He had a 5-3 record with a 2.28 ERA in 13 starts for the State College Spikes last season.
Glasnow is 6-7, 195-pounder who can hit the mid-90s with his fastball. He signed for $600,000 as a fifth-round pick in 2011, and struck out four batters in four scoreless innings in one appearance at State College last summer.
The rest of the pitching staff includes righty Orlando Castro, who was 4-6 in 18 appearances with the Power last season; right-hander Jason Creasy; right-hander Ryan Hafner; right-hander Kyle Haynes; right-hander David Jagoditsh; right-hander John Kuchno; right-hander Patrick Ludwig; lefty Joely Rodriguez; left-hander Josh Smith; and right-hander Bryton Trepagnier.
Francisco Diaz returns to the Power to share catching duties with Mathisen, as does Jonathan Schwind, who had 34 at-bats with the Power in 2012.
Allie and Herrera will be joined in the Power infield by shortstop D.J. Crumlich; shortstop Max Moroff; shortstop Ashley Ponce; and third baseman Eric Wood.
The outfielders are Bell, Junior Sosa, Walker Gourley and Raul Fortunato.
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2013 Power opening-day roster
Throw Ht. Wt. Age
Orlando Castro LHP 5-11 195 21
Jason Creasy RHP 6-4 180 20
Tyler Glasnow RHP 6-7 195 19
Ryan Hafner RHP 6-6 205 21
Kyle Haynes RHP 6-2 190 21
Clay Holmes RHP 6-5 230 20
David Jagoditsh RHP 6-7 230 22
John Kuchno RHP 6-5 210 21
Patrick Ludwig RHP 6-1 185 23
Joely Rodriguez LHP 6-1 175 21
Josh Smith LHP 6-3 194 23
Bryton Trepagnier RHP 6-5 180 21
B/T Ht. Wt. Age
Francisco Diaz S/R 5-10 160 23
Wyatt Mathisen R/R 6-1 205 19
Jonathan Schwind R/R 6-0 185 22
Stetson Allie R/R 6-4 225 22
D.J. Crumlich R/R 6-0 190 22
Dilson Herrera R/R 5-10 150 19
Max Moroff S/R 6-0 175 19
Ashley Ponce R/R 5-11 140 22
Eric Wood R/R 6-2 195 20
Josh Bell S/R 6-4 195 20
Raul Fortunato R/R 6-2 176 22
Walker Gourley R/R 6-0 185 21
Junior Sosa L/L 5-10 139 22
Season-opening series at Power Park
Date Opponent Time Promotion
Thursday Asheville 7:05 p.m. Thirsty Thursday
Friday Asheville 7:05 p.m. Friday Night Fireworks
Saturday Asheville 7:05 p.m. Flat Screen TV Giveaway
Sunday Asheville 2:05 p.m.
April 8 Charleston 7:05 p.m. Family Buck Night
April 9 Charleston 7:05 p.m. Two-for-Tuesday
April 10 Charleston 10:30 a.m. College and Career Fair Day