Hi all. I got to watch the West Virginia Power play Thursday night and Saturday night. I figured I might be able to give some insight on some of the Pirates' younger prospects.
Outstanding plate discipline--he really works the count and waits for his pitch. He had two walks and two strikeouts, although one of the K's was on a very questionable call.
His is still hitting for contact and the power is coming. He hit two doubles, one off the wall in dead center field and one off the wall in right field. He also hit two balls out of the park but pulled them both foul down the left field line
He looks good behind the plate. The pitchers rarely shake him off, so he must call a good game. He doesn't let many balls get past him. The only downside I've seen is he's having trouble throwing people out at seonnd. I don't know if it's the pitchers' fault or what. Sanchez had two players steal and neither throw was close to getting the runner out.
Early in the year it looked like it was either a hit or a strikeout. Over the past few weeks, he's looking better and starting to take some walks - five walks and one strikeout in my two games.
I think Latimore is becoming undervalued. He is swinging the best bat on the team. He had two doubles and two triples in my two games. He's fast out of the box and around the basepaths. I'm not sure why he doesn't steal more bases. He's probably the second fastest player on the team, behind Starling Marte.
Is he still a prospect? He was terrible as a starter. No excuses there. But as a reliever, his velocity is up and he's looking a lot better. He went three innings and was still hitting 91 consistently. His high speed was 93.
Looked dominant early, which the first two batters going down on strikeouts. He left one pitch up and it was knocked out of the yard. He was hitting 93 consistently and 95 once. He must be on a pitch count since he left early.