Wilbur Miller

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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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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 5/1

    Cunningham leads the system with 7 HRs. It was a tough week, as a couple of the system's hottest hitters--Josh Harrison and Ramon Cabrera--missed time with injuries and few of the team's top pitching prospects had good outings.  Still, Bradenton always seems to be good for some hot hitting performances.  I think...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 4/24

    Marte is hitting .350 on the year This was a somewhat short week for some of the Pirates' affiliates, due to the usual April rainouts.  Altoona got some strong starting pitching, but the other affiliates mostly didn't.  Some hot hitters stayed hot, but not a lot of others got hot. TRENDING UP...

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    Prospect Trends — Week (and a half) Ending 4/17

    Presley has a .370 average after his first week and a half in 2011. This will be a weekly feature that takes a look at which prospects in the Pirates’ system are trending up and which are trending down.  The idea isn’t exactly to do a “who’s hot, who’s not” feature, because...

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    Back When Things Went Right – Part Three

    Check out Part One and Part Two of this series. This was originally going to be just a two-part piece about the building of the 1970s Pirates, but in the course of writing Part Two I got interested in the trades they made during the decade. Consequently, I decided to summarize all...

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    Rangers Claim Ramon Aguero

    Aguero was claimed by the Texas Rangers. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting that the Texas Rangers have claimed Ramon Aguero off waivers from the Pirates and added him to their 40-man roster. The Pirates removed Aguero from their 40-man at the beginning of the season to clear space for Jose Veras....

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    Back When Things Went Right — Part Two

      Click Here To Read Part One The Pirates were one of MLB’s dominant franchises in the 1970s. Their record that decade included two world championships, six division titles, three second-place finishes, and one third-place finish. With the exception of the 1973 team, which went 80-82 in the wake of Roberto Clemente’s...

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    Back When Things Went Right – Part One

    After eighteen years of losing, Pirate fans are used to things not working. Lots of things not working. Baseball teams make many decisions in the course of just one season, let alone eighteen, and some are going to turn out well even if it’s just by accident, but you can’t have very...

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