West Virginia Black Bears

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West Virginia Black Bears
Founded in 2015
Morgantown, West Virginia
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Team logo Cap insignia
Current Short-Season A
Minor league affiliations
League New York–Penn League
Division Pinckney Division
Major league affiliations
Current Pittsburgh Pirates (2015–present)
Minor league titles
League titles (1) 2015
Team data
Colors Black, gold, blue, white
Ballpark Monongalia County Ballpark
Bob Rich, Jr. (Rich Baseball Operations)
Manager Wyatt Toregas
General Manager Matt Drayer

The West Virginia Black Bears are a Minor League Baseball team based in Morgantown, West Virginia. The team began play in the New York–Penn League in 2015 as an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team is owned by Bob Rich, Jr. and plays at Monongalia County Ballpark in Granville, a town located across the Monongahela River from Morgantown.

In August 2014, it was announced that the Jamestown Jammers would cease operations and move to Morgantown.[1] On October 22, the team announced that they would be named the "Black Bears" following a fan vote, as the American black bear is the state animal of West Virginia.[2]

In January 2015, Wyatt Toregas was named as their inaugural manager.[3] The Black Bears won the New York–Penn League wild card in their inaugural season.[4] The team then defeated the Williamsport Crosscutters and the Staten Island Yankees to win the 2015 New York–Penn League Championship.[5]


West Virginia Black Bears roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 59 Luis Escobar
  • 43 Hector Garcia
  • 45 Nick Hibbing
  • 41 Sean Keselica
  • 31 Stephan Meyer
  • 46 Juan Paula


  •  5 Deybi Garcia
  • 57 Chris Harvey
  • -- Nate Irving


  • 28 Albert Baur
  •  7 Erik Forgione


  • 38 Alexis Bastardo



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* On Pittsburgh Pirates 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated April 13, 2016
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Season-by-season record

West Virginia Black Bears (New York–Penn League)
Year Regular season Post-season
Record Win % Finish Record Win % Result MLB
2015 42-34 .553 2nd Pinckney Division 4-1 .800 Won Semifinals vs. Williamsport Crosscutters, 2–1
Won Championship vs. Staten Island Yankees, 2-0
Totals 42-34 .553 4-1 .800


  1. Vingle, Mitch. Morgantown lands NY-Penn League baseball team. Charleston Gazette. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  2. "New NYPL club to be called the Black Bears: Team also decides to identify primarily with state of West Virginia". MiLB.com (Press release). Rich Baseball Operations. October 22, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Biertempfel, Rob (January 15, 2015). "Pirates Notebook: Assignments Finalized". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Heneghan, Kelsie (September 7, 2015). "Bears seal NYPL Wild Card in first season". MiLB.com. Retrieved September 21, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Zimm, Tyler (September 15, 2015). "Black Bears Claim NYPL Championship". West Virginia Black Bears. Retrieved September 21, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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