Pirates Class A Power Pitchers Combine on No Hitter


Hunter Strickland , picked up in the Adam LaRoche trade from the Boston Red Sox combined with Diego Moreno as the West Virginia Power, class A affliliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates fired a no hitter at the Charleston River Dogs last night.  The 6’5″ Strickland improved to 6-4 and lowered his ERA to 3.12.  Strickland impressed his new Pirates bosses with six hitless innings.

Moreno threw the final three innings last night, striking out three River Dogs batters.  He  is just as impressive this season as he lowered his ERA to 2.12 in 17IP he has struck out 20 batters with the Power.  Moreno was called up from State College to pitch on June 27.  With the Spikes Moreno had an 1.80ERA in five innings pitched.

Keep hitting your one homer a month Adam, we will ride the pitching Powerfrom West Virginia for years to come. 

NH keeps stockpiling talent in the system.  Can we finally give the guy an atta boy??

Stricklands bio is here.  2008 highlights are these:

Ranked fifth in the Red Sox system with a 3.18 ERA and went 5-3 in 15 games/10 starts with the short-season Class A Lowell Spinners of the New York-Penn League. … Led the Spinners in innings pitched and tied for the club lead in wins. … Went 4-2 with a 2.13 ERA as a starter and 1-1 with a 5.85 ERA in relief. … Earned his first pro win with five shutout innings vs. Oneonta on July 1. … Finished the season with seven consecutive starts from July 30-September 4, all at least five innings, going 3-1 with a 1.47 ERA. … Had a 0.43 ERA over his last four starts beginning August 15. … Set a career-high with seven strikeouts in five innings vs. Aberdeen on August 15 and matched that mark with seven punchouts in 5 2/3 frames vs. Oneonta on August 30.