This week's edition is sponsored by George Romero. (Well, not really . . . .) Halfway into May, the Pirates have had a handful of prospects come back from the dead, so to speak, after miserable starts to their seasons or from other adversity. In some cases it's been prospects who were new to their current level and also a good age for that level. Hopefully, many of these players just needed some time to get acclimated and will continue to improve.
Before moving on, though, I want to give a quick plug for Gift Ngoepe, who got a "sleeper alert" mention in Kevin Goldstein's daily prospect column at Baseball Prospectus a couple days ago. Ngoepe is now hitting 306/359/459, and that goes along with excellent speed and good defensive play. At the very least, he's shown that his signing was far from a stunt.
Chase d'Arnaud, SS/2B (AAA): The Pirates consider d'Arnaud their best upper-level middle infield prospect, but he wasn't looking like much of a pros...
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.