SAL Preview: The Bucs start in West Virginia

With five of Pittsburgh’s top 20 prospects on his roster, West Virginia manager Michael Ryan will have his hands full this season, but in a good way. No. 4 prospect Austin Meadows will be featured in center field, but the ninth overall pick in the 2013 Draft won’t join the Power for a few weeks due to a hamstring injury. Meadows ended last season on a tear, hitting .529/.636/.882 for Jamestown in five New York-Penn League games.

Along with Meadows, catcher Reese McGuire (PIT No. 7), starting pitcher Cody Dickson (PIT No. 20), shortstop JaCoby Jones (PIT No. 18) and converted third baseman Wyatt Mathisen (PIT No. 15) will don the black and yellow. Ryan’s main focus with the young prospects is to help them handle the inevitable rough patches that come in a full season.

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