Wilbur Miller

  • Analysis
    Prospect Trends: AAA Depth and WV Prospects Going in Different Directions

    Tony Sanchez currently sports a .936 OPS It's received wisdom these days that AAA teams serve more as taxi squads for their parent teams than as prospect development vehicles.  Most teams in the International and Pacific Coast Leagues are made up primarily of players who are beyond the prospect stage, but who...

  • Analysis
    Prospect Trends: Some Turnarounds and Some Struggling Altoona Hitters

    Nick Kingham fanned 26 in his last 17 innings. A month into the minor league season, things are starting to take shape with the Pirates' full-season affiliates.  With a deep roster and very talented pitching staff, Indianapolis is dominating the International League with a 20-7 record.  By contrast, Altoona is increasingly struggling...

  • Analysis
    Prospect Trends: Some Fast Starts for West Virginia Hitters

    Allie's fast start has stirred much talk The season’s first two weeks have produced some noteworthy performances in the Pirates’ farm system, both good and bad. It’s way too early to start drawing any conclusions from these performances, but it’s not too early to scope out some players who’ll be interesting to...

  • Prospect Notebook
    Prospect Notebook: Hafner Having Success With New Slider; Kingham and Fuesser Pitch Well

    Hafner allowed just one hit and no walks in two innings The Pirates took on the Blue Jays in three lower level minor league games.  The two class A squads hooked up, while the teams added a rookie level game. The high A game featured Nick Kingham, although he didn't start.  Jared...

  • Prospect Notebook
    Prospect Notebook: Casey Sadler, Brandon Cumpton and Duke Welker

    Sadler allowed just one hit and no walks in five shutout innings The Pirates' AAA and AA squads took on their Toronto counterparts at Pirate City today.  They got good starts from Brandon Cumpton in the AAA game and Casey Sadler in the AA game.  Cumpton went four and a third innings,...

  • Prospect Notebook
    Prospect Notebook: Stolmy Pimentel Dominates, While A.J. Burnett . . . Not So Much

    Pimentel fanned six in five shutout innings Well, okay, A.J. Burnett isn't a prospect, but he was pitching against them today as the Yankees' AAA and AA squads visited Pirate City. Burnett struggled throughout his outing, a lot of it due to control issues, and didn't manage to complete all his innings...

  • Injury Updates
    Chase d’Arnaud Has Torn Thumb Ligament

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  • Transactions
    Pirates Release LHP Aaron Poreda

    According to Baseball America's Matt Eddy, the Pirates have released Aaron Poreda.  Once one of the top left-handed pitching prospects in the minors, Poreda increasingly struggled with control problems and injuries.  A 2007 first-round draft pick of the White Sox, he was traded to San Diego in 2009 as part of the...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Spring Training Notes: February 19

    The Pirates, still early in spring training, ran some light drills on Tuesday morning.  The regimen consisted mainly of drilling the pitchers on backing up bases, fielding grounders, and numerous pitchers throwing briefly to hitters.  Among the pitchers getting some mound work were A.J. Burnett, James McDonald, Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Jason...

  • Prospect Reports
    GCL Pirates Take Two From Phillies

    The GCL Pirates finished up a 6-0 win over the Phillies in a game suspended yesterday after two innings, then also took the regularly scheduled game in seven innings by a 4-2 count.  The Pirates got strong outings from Cesar Lopez, picking up for Jon Sandfort in the continuation, and from Dovydas...

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