Wilbur Miller

  • 2011 Draft
    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...

  • Analysis
    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...

  • Analysis
    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...

  • Analysis
    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...

  • Analysis
    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...

  • Analysis
    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...

  • Analysis
    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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