Wilbur Miller

  • Analysis
    Appelgate

    The Pirates’ selection of Mark Appel in the first round of the 2012 draft was fitting in a way. I’ve always been convinced that the record $5M bonus they paid second-round pick Josh Bell in 2011 was the final straw that led to Bud Selig’s iron determination to get the union to...

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    Alliegeddon

    The Pirates' announcement that Stetson Allie is moving from the mound to thirdbase is hardly good news.  As a pitcher, Allie was rated as a mid-1st round talent at the time of the draft.  He had a 100-mph fastball and a devastating slider.  I watched both Allie and Jameson Taillon quite a bit in camp in March,...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 6/3

    After some down weeks, the system started getting some improved performances in some key areas recently.  One of the most important led to Tony Sanchez getting promoted to AAA.  He'll join a team that's been playing well and showing signs of being able to provide some help to the Pirates soon. TRENDING...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 5/27

    So far, it hasn't been the best of all possible seasons for the farm system.  Few of the team's hitting prospects are having good seasons and one of the ones who is can't seem to get any recognition for it.  On the pitching front, if you're not in AAA and not named...

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    Altoona Can’t Overcome Early Deficit

    Facing another Bowie lineup stacked with major league players, Altoona fell behind early on Sunday afternoon and couldn’t recover, losing 4-2.  The Curve got a run in the 1st on doubles by Robbie Grossman and Tony Sanchez.  Matt McSwain, making a spot start necessitated by a recent doubleheader, got hit hard in...

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    Baker’s Wildness Dooms Altoona

    The Curve faced a Bowie team loaded with major league players on Saturday, but it wasn’t the major leaguers who did them in.  Bowie’s lineup included major league veterans Endy Chavez, Mark Reynolds and Josh Barfield, and the Baysox’ starting pitcher was Zach Britton, who started 28 games for the Orioles last...

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    Alderson Struggles, But Altoona Tops Bowie

    Altoona took an early 4-0 lead on Friday in the first of four games at Bowie, then held off the Baysox for a 5-3 win.  The Curve scored two in the first on RBI singles by Brock Holt and Matt Curry.  They added two in the second when Quincy Latimore and Robbie...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 5/20

    In a week when the Pirates narrowly missed being no-hit, and when their offensive ineptitude increasingly began to look like it might reach historic levels, it's ironic that Indianapolis managed to be even more inept, getting shut out four straight times, and five times in six games going back to the previous...

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    Gonzalez, Durham Power Altoona Sweep

    Elevys Gonzalez and Miles Durham each had a double and a HR in four ABs as Altoona defeated Bowie, 4-2, to complete a three-game sweep on the road.  The Curve also got six and a third effective innings from Phil Irwin and a perfect 2.2 IP from Jhonathan Ramos. Gonzalez opened the...

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    Kelson Brown Leads Altoona Over Bowie in Ten

    Altoona beat Bowie behind a big night from utility infielder Kelson Brown, who was subbing at short for an injured Brock Holt.  Brown drove in Altoona’s first run in the first inning with a sac fly, scored a go-ahead run after leading off the 6th with a double, and drove in the...

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