Wilbur Miller

  • Prospect Reports
    Altoona Tops Bowie in Alderson’s First Start

    After pitching well out of the Altoona (and, briefly, Indianapolis) bullpen for six weeks, Tim Alderson got his first start Tuesday night at Bowie. The Curve won the game, 7-3, beating top prospect Dylan Bundy’s older brother, Bobby. Altoona scored three in the third to take a 3-1 lead, but after the...

  • Analysis
    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 5/13

    The biggest "up" trend in the Pirates' farm system lately has been Indianapolis, which has won 14 of its last 19.  Help appears to be ready in AAA, but the Pirates being the Pirates, it's mostly in the form of starting pitching, which is the one thing the Pirates don't need.  Indianapolis...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 5/6

    Some of the hitters in the system started picking it up in the past week.  Apart from hitters mentioned here, Robbie Grossman and Tony Sanchez started showing some signs of life.  Alen Hanson just keeps hitting; I'm going to give him a rest for a week. TRENDING UP Jake Fox, 1B (AAA): ...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 4/29

    The big news of the week, of course, was the no-hitter by Justin Wilson and two Indianapolis relievers.  Wilson's been on and off with his control this year, but two other starters in the system, Jameson Taillon and Rudy Owens, have been pitching consistently well lately.  On the hitting front, not so...

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    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 4/22

    Junior Sosa It wasn't the best of weeks in the farm system.  Several players who are repeating levels don't seem to be making progress, nor do a couple of upper level position prospects.  On the other hand, two key prospects at Bradenton are turning up the heat, the Alen Hanson Show continues, and a...

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    The Closer Debate and . . . Julian Tavarez?

    Tim’s recent posts about closers reminded me of an interesting interlude in Pirates’ Closer History that got virtually no attention at the time.  Back in 2003, when Kevin McClatchy ordered Dave Littlefield to dump payroll (yeah, a real salary dump, unlike some more recent transactions that have been mischaracterized as such), one of the dumpees was...

  • Analysis
    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 4/15

    Welcome to the first 2012 edition of Prospect Trends.  As with last year, the goal each week is to identify which Pirates prospects may be changing their status with their performances on the field.  We've got a week and a half worth of games for this installment.  Without a doubt, the most...

  • Analysis
    Some Brief Observations About Josh Bell

    Just a few comments here, since there's been some limited discussion online about Josh Bell's first few games.  I saw three of the four games that West Virginia played in their opening series at Hagerstown.  Bell obviously didn't have a great series, going 3-17 with eight strikeouts.  Just as obviously, it's premature to be...

  • Prospect Reports
    Walks Again Plague West Virginia in Loss

    In the first three games of their season-opening series against Hagerstown, West Virginia pitchers walked 20 in 25 innings.  The same problem struck again, as Power pitchers walked six more over eight innings, with the walks playing a key role in most of the opponent’s scoring.  The wildness squandered a big day...

  • Prospect Reports
    Allie Records Just One Out But the Power Win

    Stetson Allie lasted just six batters in his West Virginia debut, retiring only one, but the Power prevailed over the Hagerstown Suns, 5-3.  Strong relief from Mike Jefferson, Jordan Cooper and Emmanuel de Leon, who combined to allow just one run over 8.2 innings, keyed the win. CONTROL PROBLEMS ABOUND After showing...

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