No surprise: the West Virginia Power (Low Class A; Sally League) and the Pittsburgh Pirates are extending their player development contract for four more years, through 2018.
“This is an exciting time to be with Pittsburgh,” said Tim Wilcox, the managing partner of West Virginia Baseball, LLC. “With the Pirates resurgence, we’ve seen a number of former Power players play key roles in making Pittsburgh a playoff contender. We are thrilled to continue as a Pirates affiliate.”
Since the beginning of the 2009 season when the first PDC was signed between the Power and Pirates, Pittsburgh has routinely sent its top prospects through the South Atlantic League with West Virginia. Each of the top 15 players in the Pirates system, ranked first overall by Baseball America prior to the 2014 campaign, has worn a Power jersey at some point over the last four seasons alone.
“We are very pleased to be able to extend our affiliation with the West Virginia Power,” said Pirates GM Neal Huntington. “The Power ownership, front office and fan base have welcomed our players and staff and have made them feel a part of your community. We are looking forward to additional future Pirates taking steps toward the Major Leagues by developing their skills playing for the West Virginia Power. It is an honor to continue our relationship with the top quality ownership, front office, sponsors and fans of the West Virginia Power and our best days are yet to come.”
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