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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.

Contact sports editor Chuck McGill at chuck.mcgill@dailymail.com or 304-348-7949. Follow him on Twitter @chuckmcgill

2013 Power opening-day roster

Pitchers

    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

Catchers    

    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

Infielders

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

Outfielders

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

 


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