Wilbur Miller

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 8/5

    As the minor league season gets into the late stages, most of the teams in the Pirates' system are playing well.  Even West Virginia, which had a miserable 23-47 first half, is 25-19 and in first place in the second half.  Bradenton is a game over .500 in the second half after...

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    Prospect Trends — Short Season Progress Report

    It's hard for a prospect to have a trend when his pro career may be just a few weeks old, or when he's only a few weeks removed from the Dominican Summer League.  Players at the short season level should be considered more potential than actual prospects because they're so far away...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 7/22

    The Pirates continue to get more good hitting and less good pitching than expected in their farm system. TRENDING UP Brock Holt, SS (AA):  Holt continues to hit, and continues to be marooned in Altoona.  In the past week he went 9-23 (.391), leaving him at 319/384/440 on the season. Robbie Grossman,...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 7/15

    The past week was a little light on action, with Indianapolis and Altoona both missing time for their All-Star breaks.  The system continued to get some surprising offense, but a lot of the pitching continues to disappoint.  A couple of pitchers at State College, though, have been getting people out on a...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 7/8

    Maybe it's the record warm . . . no, hot temperatures being set everywhere, but the Pirates continue to have a lot of hot hitters in the farm system, especially at the upper levels and at West Virginia. TRENDING UP Tony Sanchez, C (AAA):  In the past week Sanchez finally started to...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 7/1

    The Pirates have had several hot teams in the farm system recently, especially at the plate.  Coincidentally, both Indianapolis and Altoona have gotten red hot with the bats at the same time the Pirates' lineup has started hitting.  The hitting combined with a strong rotation has made the Indians the dominant team...

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    Prospect Trends — First Half Review, Part Two

    Time to look at the first-half surprises and disappointments at Indianapolis and Altoona. INDIANAPOLIS Surprises Jordy Mercer, IF:  After a slow start, Mercer adapted to AAA and put up a very good (for a middle infielder) line of 303/379/417, with a solid 2:1 K:BB ratio.  That earned him a callup to Pittsburgh. ...

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    Prospect Trends — First Half Review, Part One

    The minor league season is roughly at the halfway point, so it's a good time to look back at the first half to see which players surprised and which disappointed. There are going to be more of the latter than the former. To some extent, this is normal. Prospects are a game...

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    Examining the State College Minicamp Roster

    Yesterday, Pirates Prospects posted State College’s minicamp roster.  This serves as something of a preliminary roster for the early season, but there will inevitably be changes as more players from the recent draft sign.  In fact, some players have agreed to terms but aren’t listed yet because they haven’t officially signed their...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 6/10

    Except for a rough series this week against Pawtucket, Indianapolis has mostly been playing well for a while now and has had some players on good stretches.  Things have been more problematic for the other affiliates.  Altoona has been missing a good portion of its lineup (Tony Sanchez was promoted; Matt Curry,...

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