It’s always hard to get a handle on players in short season ball. The two leagues in which the Pirates have short season affiliates are both intended as introductory leagues, the New York-Penn League for college draftees and the Gulf Coast League for high school draftees and players coming to the US from the two Caribbean summer leagues. It’s unpredictable which players will make the transition quickly and which won’t, as many are getting their introduction to wood bats and most are seeing a level of competition they haven’t seen before. There are some early trends, though, that might provide some indications of which players eventually will be worth watching closely.
The Spikes haven’t had much good news so far this year. Their 5-18 record is . . . well, incredibly, it’s not the league’s worst. Aberdeen is 4-19, but nobody else is nearly as bad as either team. State College is last in team batting, last in ERA, and first in errors. The...
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.