Much of the discussion of the Pirates’ farm system the last couple years has centered on GM Neal Huntington’s efforts to restock the system after years of neglect under his predecessor, He Who Shall Not Be Named. Naturally, it’s been easy to forget the players who were already in the system when Huntington took over, a tendency made a good deal easier by the fact that so few of those players have performed well. This year, however, several prospects who’ve been in the system for some time stepped forward out of the gloom, possibly enough to get themselves on the prospect map. In addition, a few lesser known Huntington acquisitions have also put in surprising seasons. Here’s a look at some of this year’s sleepers.
Mike Crotta, RHP. Crotta attracted a little attention with a fast start at Altoona, as he posted a 1.78 ERA his first four times out. A quick promotion to Indianapolis followed, but he wasn’t as successful in AAA. In a dozen May and June ...
Wilbur Miller joined the site in July 2010. He has long been known for his excellent Player Profiles, which he brought to the site in February 2011, combining them with the existing Pirates Prospects Player Pages. Wilbur maintains the player pages section of the site, and provides regular articles to the main portion of the site, including a weekly Prospects Trend piece, featuring the best and worst prospects from the previous week.