Wilbur Miller

  • Analysis
    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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    2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Recap

    Links to Previous Draft Coverage: Day One: Pirates Draft Gerrit Cole Day Two: Pirates Make Another Big Splash in 2nd Round Day Three: Pirates Go Heavy on Bats 2011 Draft Pick Player Pages 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Pick Signing Tracker August 15th will be just as important as the draft, to see...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 6/5

    Mercer had a two-HR game. There weren't a lot of extreme performances one way or the other in the past week.  Several pitchers, including Rudy Owens, Aaron Pribanic, and Brandon Cumpton, combined one good start with one bad one.  Matt Curry got an uncharacteristic (for this front office) two-level promotion, while Kyle...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 5/29

    Black made his first appearance of the season. The biggest news for the farm system came at the end of the week, with reports that Josh Harrison and possibly Dusty Brown would be promoted to the Pirates to fill in for the injured Steve Pearce and Ryan Doumit.  Both had been having...

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    Prospect Trends, Taxi Squad Edition — Week Ending 5/22

    Lincoln threw seven shutout innings in his one start of the week. This week I thought I'd address a series of "What if . . . . ?" questions, as in "What would the Pirates do if they needed a (insert position here)?"  Major league teams now treat their AAA affiliates largely...

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    Prospect Trends, Zombie Edition — Week Ending May 15

    Sleeper alert for Ngoepe This week's edition is sponsored by George Romero.  (Well, not really . . . .)  Halfway into May, the Pirates have had a handful of prospects come back from the dead, so to speak, after miserable starts to their seasons or from other adversity.  In some cases it's...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 5/8

    Jeff Inman has an ERA of 1.64. Jameson Taillon started showing why he's gotten the hype, but otherwise it wasn't a great week for the Pirates' farm system.  Few of the more significant pitching prospects are pitching well and not many hitters are doing much, either. TRENDING UP Alex Presley, OF (AAA):...

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