Wilbur Miller

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    Are We There Yet? Part One

    Ever since the Pirates hired Neal Huntington as general manager after the 2007 season, the team has focused heavily on its farm system. The idea was to develop one that would provide a constant stream of players to the major league team. That was a daunting task, because the system as it...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 8/21

    The Pirates are facing a potentially significant roster crunch this off-season, with numerous prospects becoming eligible for the Rule 5 draft.  Adding to the pressure are one or two players who probably wouldn't have been in line for consideration a short while ago, but who are making late pushes.  Late season performances...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 8/14

    Lambo finally started showing signs of life. Fanatical Pirate fans will be giving most of their attention around now to the draft signing deadline, which is today (August 15) at midnight. Still, the minor league season grinds on and some of the Pirates' hitting prospects have been turning it on in the...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 8/7

    The Pirates' season has gone down the tubes in the blink of an eye, with nearly two months still left.  Meanwhile, the minor league seasons are winding down in a less dramatic fashion, with a couple weeks to a month left, depending on which league you're talking about. TRENDING UP Matt Hague,...

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    Projection, Projection, Projection — Will the Pirates’ Draft Approach Work?

    As the more fanatical Pirate fans are all well aware, the Pirates in recent drafts have followed a fairly extreme pattern of focusing on prep pitchers.  In 2009, they selected high school pitchers with five of their first nine picks.  In 2010, it was seven of their first ten, although they failed...

  • Analysis
    Prospect Trends — By Position

    Grossman leads organized baseball in runs scored. The Pirates entered this year with a farm system skewed very strongly toward pitching.  It's surprising, then, that many of the players who've taken the biggest steps forward so far this season--with a month left to go--have been position players.  For the most part, they...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 7/24

    Cabrera has fanned only once every ten ABs A couple pitchers took steps toward coming out of season-long struggles, and quite a few of the hitters at Bradenton broke out the whuppin' sticks.  Of course, it all paled in importance to Pedro Alvarez lighting up International League pitching. TRENDING UP Gorkys Hernandez,...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 7/17

    Mercer has three homers in his last five games. It's been pretty disjointed recently in the farm system.  Some leagues had All-Star breaks this week, while injuries and promotions, as they always do around this time, have started piling up, resulting in a lot of makeshift lineups and pitching rotations.  And rehabbing...

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    Prospect Trends — Early Short Season Returns

    Castro has an ERA of 0.90. It’s always hard to get a handle on players in short season ball. The two leagues in which the Pirates have short season affiliates are both intended as introductory leagues, the New York-Penn League for college draftees and the Gulf Coast League for high school draftees...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 7/3

    Osuna is hitting .400 on the young season. A couple of AAA hitters may be wondering when they get to join the parade of Indianapolis players going to Pittsburgh, a couple of sluggers start to overcome slumps, and a couple of low A right-handers struggle. TRENDING UP Matt Hague, 1B (AAA): Continuing...

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