Welcome to the first 2012 edition of Prospect Trends. As with last year, the goal each week is to identify which Pirates prospects may be changing their status with their performances on the field. We've got a week and a half worth of games for this installment. Without a doubt, the most attention-grabbing development in the farm system has been the strong start of some of the very young hitters at West Virginia. Josh Bell figured to be the headliner there and he's been doing well after some strikeout problems in his first few games. He's been upstaged so far, though, by some of the Latin American prospects who moved up from the Gulf Coast League.
Jeff Clement, 1B (AAA): A blast from the past. Clement is off to a hot start, hitting 424/525/606, with six doubles but no HRs in his first 33 ABs. His plate discipline has been improved so far, as he has seven walks to go with eight Ks.
Jordy Mercer, SS/2B (AAA): Mercer was slated to start the season at second, ...
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.