The past week was a little light on action, with Indianapolis and Altoona both missing time for their All-Star breaks. The system continued to get some surprising offense, but a lot of the pitching continues to disappoint. A couple of pitchers at State College, though, have been getting people out on a consistent basis lately.
Brandon Boggs, OF (AAA): Boggs has been blistering hot for a while now. In his last ten games he’s hit 469/553/719. In June and July combined he’s batting .375 and controlling the strike zone well, with 17 walks and 25 Ks. It’s unlikely he’ll get called up, but he’s a reasonable option in case the Pirates have any more outfield injuries and still aren’t inclined to promote Starling Marte.
Nate Baker, LHP (AA): Baker has turned his season around since being moved to the bullpen. As a starter he posted a 5.90 ERA and walked more than he struck out. Since moving to the bullpen he’s had an ERA of 1.83, opponents are hitting .216 against him, an...
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.