Wilbur Miller

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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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    Report from Pirate City – 3/21

    Victor Black This will be an abbreviated report, as I left about halfway through the games.  The Pirates' upper level minor leaguers took on the Phillies'.  Once again, many of the at-bats went to major leaguers, this time Ryan Doumit, Ronny Cedeno and Chris Snyder, so my ability to watch the minor...

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    Report from Pirate City — 3/20

    Taillon The Yankees were back at Pirate City today, this time with the low-level minor leaguers.  To get right to the highlight of the day, it clearly was Jameson Taillon pitching the first two innings in the low A game.  Taillon struggled a little with his command at first, falling behind and...

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    Report from Pirate City — 3/19

    Wilson On Saturday the Yankees' upper level minor leaguers visited Pirate City for a pair of exhibition games.  Even the coaches don't generally seem to know what the score is in these games, but it was clear at least who won as the Pirates dominated both games. The AAA game featured a...

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