So far, it hasn't been the best of all possible seasons for the farm system. Few of the team's hitting prospects are having good seasons and one of the ones who is can't seem to get any recognition for it. On the pitching front, if you're not in AAA and not named Jameson or Gerrit, you're probably not pitching well at all. Still, there are a few guys showing encouraging signs lately.
Jose Morales, C (AAA): As Tim has chronicled, Morales can become a free agent if the Pirates don't bring him to the majors by June 1. Morales should be tempting for the Pirates because he does have one ability that's badly lacking on the major league squad: he gets on base. Over the past week he's gone 7-18 (.389) to improve his average to .309 and his OBP to .385. No, he doesn't have much power, but that OBP is well over 100 points higher than the Pirates' OBP, which is last in the NL by a huge margin.
Jordy Mercer, IF (AAA): In his past seven games, Mercer has gone 12-29 w...
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.