Wilbur Miller

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    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...

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    Real Decisions in the Farm System

    If you’ve been reading Tim’s articles on the minor league rosters, one thing that should have become apparent is that the Pirates have had to make some difficult decisions in assigning prospects to the various levels, or to extended spring training.  It’s been all the more apparent to me because I’ve been updating all...

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    Pirate City — 3/27

    Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie took the mound today against the Blue Jays' single A teams.  Both had uneven outings in different ways.  Taillon allowed a solo HR in the first and got hit hard for three quick runs in the second, as he continues to have trouble whenever he elevates his...

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    Pirate City — March 25

    Today the Pirates' upper level minor leaguers took on the Blue Jays.  As always, the scores were somewhat of a mystery, but I'm pretty sure the Pirates' AAA squad won and the AA squad lost badly. The starters were Nate Baker (AA) and Mike Colla (AAA).  As he did the last time...

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    Pirate City — 3/19

    Another pair of A-ball games today, this time against the Phillies.  The highlight without a doubt was Nick Kingham, who threw four impressive innings apart from a brief glitch at the start of his last inning.  I didn't see the first inning, which went 1-2-3, but Kingham consistently hit 93-94 with very...

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    Pirate City — 3/18

    I made it to Pirate City today for the first time this year since the minor leaguers took over the facility.  It's interesting to see how much things have changed there as far as the viewing public is concerned.  About 8-10 years ago, when minor league camp had started I might find...

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    Updated Player Pages

    Just a quick post, mainly to note that I've added player pages for players who are in minor league camp for the first time.  Tim noted this when he posted the minor league spring training roster recently.  Of course, I don't have a great deal of information on these guys yet. The...

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    Heading Home

    Just a few observations from Monday morning at Pirate City, as I'm heading home now: -- Erik Bedard is wearing a knee brace, which I wasn't aware of until Tom Smith noticed it this morning. -- Most of the pitchers seem a bit wild.  I've never been to spring training this early,...

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    Spring Training — Where Everything Old is New Again

    Everything Old is New Again -- Sanguillen and McLouth Joke with McKenry and Anderson Hernandez Hopefully, the photo above imparts some sense of why hardcore baseball fans love spring training.  Manny Sanguillen, Nate McLouth, Mike McKenry and Anderson Hernandez.  A star from the 1970s, on hand to coach the young catchers.  A...

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    A Change to the Backup Infielder Competition

    It looks like a good time to buy stock in Anderson Hernandez.  The Pirates' decision to place Rule 5 pick Gustavo Nunez on the 60-day disabled list greatly narrows the competition for utility infielder spots.  They have a lot of players available to compete for bench spots, but many, such as Nick...

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