Wilbur Miller

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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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    Prospect Trends, Week Ending 6/26

    Paulino All-Star games are mostly over, so it’s time to get back to the regular edition.  I’ll cover more than a week here, so some good (and bad) stretches don’t go unnoticed.  Also, the two short-season teams have opened play now. TRENDING UP Matt Hague, 1B (AAA): Hague has steadily hit well...

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    GCL Pirates — June 25

    Barrios This is a brief report from the GCL Pirates' 5-4, 10-inning win over the GCL Braves at Walt Disney World, which is where the Braves hold spring training.  There wasn't a great deal of action in the game, as the two starters--lefty Orlando Castro for the Bucs and righty Rafael Briceno...

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    Marauders and GCL Pirates — June 24

    Garcia tripled against the GCL Braves. One advantage Bradenton has now is that there are two Pirates' affiliates there.  The rookie level Gulf Coast League Pirates play at Pirate City, with games generally at noon, and the high A Florida State League Bradenton Marauders play mostly in the evening at McKechnie Field....

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    Prospect Trends — Mid-Season Edition, Part 2

    McPherson: System's best first-half pitcher? Check out Part One of the Mid-Season Prospect Trends Here Part 2 covers the pitchers whose prospect status has taken a step forward or backward in the first half of the season.  Pitching was the area that held most of the farm system’s highest hopes, but the...

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    Prospect Trends — Mid-Season Edition, Part 1

    Is d'Arnaud ready for the bigs? With the minor league season roughly half over and some leagues holding All-Star games, this is a good time to look back at the first half and see which Pirate prospects managed to alter their status, for good or ill.  In Part 1 I'll cover the...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 6/12

    Could Presley be in line for a promotion? Callups, or the possibility of them, gathered a lot of attention during the past week.  Injuries forced the Pirates to bring up two relievers and more injuries, combined with anemic offensive production, has fans discussing the possibility of still more.  Several Indianapolis Indians added...

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