Wilbur Miller

  • Analysis
    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

    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 little-known outfielder...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Prospect Reports
    Hanson Leads Big Offensive Night For West Virginia

    West Virginia dropped a seesaw affair in their opener, 11-9.  The Power fell behind, 6-1, in the second inning, as Nick Kingham recorded only five outs.  They came back to take a 9-6 lead, but allowed five more runs, with Rinku Singh giving up the last two to take the loss. Kingham’s...

  • Analysis
    BA Ranks Pirates’ Farm System 13th

    In its just-published annual Prospect Handbook, Baseball America ranked the Pirates’ farm system 13th in baseball, up from 19th a year ago.  The system no doubt was helped by the addition of two high-end talents in the 2011 draft–pitcher Gerrit Cole and outfielder Josh Bell–as well as by breakout seasons by Starling...

  • Analysis
    Minor League Depth — Pitching, Part 3 (Lower Levels)

    It’s not easy to project how the Pirates will manage their low level pitching staffs. A lot of factors beyond on-field performance come into play when the team is deciding which pitchers to promote, or how to divvy up the finite number of innings that are available. The team looks at health...

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    Minor League Depth — Pitching, Part 2 (Upper Level Relievers)

    Bullpens don’t work quite the same way in the minors as they do in the majors. Most teams, including the Pirates, prefer to develop their pitching prospects as starters. The Pirates won’t normally move a pitcher to the bullpen until it becomes clear that starting isn’t in the cards for that pitcher,...

  • Transactions
    Report: Pirates Sign Doug Slaten

    According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pirates have signed left-handed reliever Doug Slaten to a minor league contract.  Terms are not available yet, but it’s likely that Slaten will receive a non-roster invitation to spring training.  Slaten, 31, was a 17th round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2000 and pitched all...