Wilbur Miller

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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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    Report from Pirate City – 3/18

    The Pirates' minor leaguers today went up against Toronto's in two class A level exhibition games.  (The level designations mean little at this stage, as players haven't gotten their assignments yet and much of the AAA teams are still in major league camp, forcing a lot of temporary upward movement.)  The main...

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    Minor League Roster Notes

    Garcia is one of the players who should be making the jump to the US this year. Charlie Wilmoth has been good enough to post the Pirates’ minor league roster at Bucs Dugout (which means he had to type the whole thing in).  The bulk of it is comprised of the players...

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    Update On Players Who Are Out Of Options

     Morton is one of a few players who would have to be designated for assignment if he didn't make the Opening Day roster. With a handful of players who are both on the bubble and out of options, the Pirates will be facing some tough roster decisions at the end of...

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    Images From Spring Opener (Without the Squashed Manatees)

    As you no doubt know, the Pirates beat up on a hapless junior college squad in their spring opener by a score of several million to one, roughly.  For some reason, the annual game against the junior college Manatees is usually something less than a laugher.  The Pirates even lost a few...

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    Filling Out the Farm

    Marte is one of the few minor league free agents the Pirates have added this off-season. One of the less attention-grabbing rituals of the baseball off-season is the signing of minor league free agents. Most or all of the major league teams will sign a significant number of free agents, most of...

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    Pitching Depth – Looking Back

    How much has the pitching depth changed in the upper levels over the last three seasons? Three years ago, Neal Huntington took over a team with a farm system widely regarded as barren. Seven years of poor drafting, unwillingness to spend any money in Latin America, and general disinterest in the system...

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    Candidates To Be Added To The 40-Man Roster

    Owens is a guarantee to be added. The Pirates not only will face a lot of difficult decisions in removing players from the 40-man roster, but also in adding them.  Two factors contributing to the crunch are the numerous trades in which the team acquired prospects and surprising seasons from several players...

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