Wilbur Miller

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Pirates Photos from Spring Training

    A few shots from today's routine drills, with the emphasis on new guys.  Of the NRI pitchers...

  • Spring Training Coverage
    Spring Training Notes: Observations on the First Base Platoon

    Just a few notes from a routine day at Pirate City.  The team was primarily doing base...

  • Analysis
    The More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change

    Pirates GM Neal Huntington signing autographs at Petco Park. A little under a year ago, things weren’t...

  • Analysis
    Prospect Trends: Some Lower Level Players Start Off Well

    Cunningham is slugging .594 in June. It’s getting a little late in the year for breakout performances...

  • Analysis
    Prospect Trends — Turning Around Flagging Careers

    Hafner has fanned 12.8 hitters per nine innings. The Pirates have several minor leaguers working to revive stalled careers.  Surprisingly, the organization now has better depth in hitters than pitchers at the upper levels.  Or maybe I should say "healthy pitchers." The Good Chase d'Arnaud, SS (AAA):  It's a step forward for...

  • Analysis
    Prospect Trends: Hanson’s Getting It in Gear While Pimentel’s Going the Other Way

    Lambo's gone deep eight times in May. Photo Credit: David Hague The farm system as a whole has been in something of a slump for a week or so, but a couple of former prospects are showing some power at the upper levels and one of the team's top prospects is overcoming...

  • 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...

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