Wilbur Miller

  • Analysis
    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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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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