Wilbur Miller

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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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    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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