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Minor Moves: West Virginia Shuffles Their Roster to Add Tarpley


The West Virginia Power have made a few moves this morning, including the expected addition of Stephen Tarpley for tonight’s start, which we announced yesterday. In addition to adding Tarpley, they also activated Jerrick Suiter off the disabled list. To make room on the roster, they promoted Montana DuRapau and Miguel Rosario to Bradenton.

Tarpley is one of the top prospects in the system, and it will be interesting to see how he performs in his pro debut. I wrote up a report on him on Friday, noting that he had good stuff. However, it’s difficult to get a feel for how that stuff will perform against upper level hitters when you’re watching him in extended Spring Training games. Suiter was playing first base and DH before his injury, although it might be difficult for him to get playing time at those positions with Connor Joe and Chase Simpson both playing at those spots.

Rosario had a 1.75 ERA in 25.2 innings, along with a 21:9 K/BB ratio. DuRapau, who is 23 this year, had a 1.40 ERA in 19.1 innings, with a 19:1 K/BB ratio. Both have the ability to be hard throwers in shorter outings, and DuRapau was showing that this year, working in the 90-93 MPH range as a reliever, up from the high 80s as a starter.

Bradenton has been short on pitching, especially out of the bullpen, so they could use the addition. However, these seem to be long-term moves, which means we could see more moves from the Marauders tomorrow. Today is a travel day for Rosario and DuRapau, which means we won’t hear about the corresponding moves from Bradenton until tomorrow.

Tim Williams
Tim Williams
Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.

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