The biggest "up" trend in the Pirates' farm system lately has been Indianapolis, which has won 14 of its last 19. Help appears to be ready in AAA, but the Pirates being the Pirates, it's mostly in the form of starting pitching, which is the one thing the Pirates don't need. Indianapolis does have some guys hitting, but . . . well, we'll get to that.
Jordy Mercer, IF (AAA): Mercer started turning things around the moment he left April behind. He now sports a 14-game hitting streak and is batting 377/421/453 in May. Whether this will do him any good remains to be seen. Even though Clint Barmes is making Pirate fans long for the comparatively robust bat of Abe Nunez, the Pirates have made it clear they're committed to Barmes for the foreseeable future, no matter how bad his hitting or disappointingly erratic his glovework. Meanwhile, with Chase d'Arnaud back from his concussion, Mercer has moved off shortstop, which is the one position at which he has a viable fut...
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.