By Jason Shetler
After reaching the South Atlantic League semi-finals in 2015, the West Virginia Power failed to make the playoffs in 2016. This year, the Power will be led by Wyatt Toregas, who managed the West Virginia Black Bears the past two seasons.
Outfield: Alexis Bastardo and Sandy Santos will start in the Power outfield this season. Both were signed by the Pirates as Latin American amateurs. Also in the outfield will be Clark Eagan, the Pirates ninth round pick from last year.
Infield: The most notable player on the Power’s infield will be Stephen Alemais. The Pirates chose Alemais as a third round selection a year ago. Baseball America rated him as one of the best defensive players from last year’s draft.
Behind the plate: Catching for the Power will be Arden Pabst, a 12th round choice from last year, and Chris Harvey, who the Pirates signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014.
Pitching: Anchoring the Power staff is Luis Escobar, who has a chance to become a breakout performer in the Pirates system in 2017. A couple other notable pitchers are Blake Cederlind, the Bucs fifth round pick from last year, and Matt Anderson, who could be a diamond in the rough, after being taken as a tenth round selection a year ago.