The Pirates have had several hot teams in the farm system recently, especially at the plate. Coincidentally, both Indianapolis and Altoona have gotten red hot with the bats at the same time the Pirates' lineup has started hitting. The hitting combined with a strong rotation has made the Indians the dominant team in the International League. The GCL Bucs have been hammering the ball early in their young season, too.
Starling Marte, OF (AAA): After slumping through most of May, Marte has been increasingly hot. He's especially been on fire in the last week, hitting 15-31 (.484) with two doubles, two triples and three HRs. Through Sunday, he's had seven straight multi-hit games. In June, he batted 325/385/558. He's hitting for more power than ever and his walk rate has improved, although the strike zone issues haven't gone away. With the Pirates getting almost no offensive production and weak defense from Jose Tabata, it's hard not to think Marte could be an upgr...
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.