Check out Part One of the Mid-Season Prospect Trends Here
Part 2 covers the pitchers whose prospect status has taken a step forward or backward in the first half of the season. Pitching was the area that held most of the farm system’s highest hopes, but the news so far hasn’t been especially good for quite a few of the top hopefuls, especially at the upper levels. Fortunately, some of the top pitchers in the system are just getting underway at State College and in the Gulf Coast League, while others have more or less performed as expected at West Virginia.
Tony Watson, LHP (MLB): Last year, Watson’s shift to the bullpen was a complete success, earning him a 40-man roster spot. He figured to spend most or all of this season in AAA, but injuries and strong pitching on his part (.179 opponents’ BA, 29:11 K:BB) got him a spot in the majors. So far, he’s allowed just three hits and four walks in seven innings, while ...
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.