The West Virginia Black Bears smacked 16 hits to Batavia's three and trounced the Muckdogs, 12-2, in the short-season-A Black Bears' home opener on Sunday evening in Morgantown.
Will Craig, the Pirates' 2016 first-round pick, was the clear rock star on the roster, but, through three games, it's been Sandy Santos generating the most buzz. The toolsy center fielder went 4-for-4 with a walk and a sacrifice fly on Sunday, improving to 8-for-11 (.727) through three games.
Craig, meanwhile, didn't get the chance to hit much, getting hit by pitches three times in Sunday's game. The first two appeared to barely graze him, and the third hit him squarely on the left elbow pad.
On a tight pitch count, 2016 sixth-rounder Cam Vieaux went 2 2-3 innings (52 pitches), allowing two runs on three hits (we'll get to that later), with a strikeout and two walks.
A July 2012 signing out of the Dominican Republic, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Santos is a prospect with some helium at age 22, but also some questions of consistency. He played to the full range of his expectations on Sunday, smacking four solid singles and advancing on the many wild pitches native to the New York-Penn League, taking a bad route and missing a ball over his head that resulted in a run and, later, ranging far into left-center field to nab another sharply-hit ball.
"He can do just about anything you need him to do in this game," West Virginia manager Wyatt Toregas said. "He's a young player and he needs to get a little bit better mentally and get experience, but the tools are there every day. He's got power, he can hit, he can run, he can throw. He has all of that.