Wilbur Miller

  • Analysis
    Minor League Depth — Third Base

    With power hitting down throughout baseball, classic thirdbasemen are increasingly difficult to find. Most teams want a player who hits for power while having the arm and quickness to play the position. In 2011, however, there were only five thirdbasemen who hit 20 HRs and only ten who hit 15. The Pirates...

  • Analysis
    Minor League Depth — Middle Infield

    For the most part, “middle infield prospect” means “shortstop prospect.” A player with the ability to play secondbase at the major league level will usually be able to play short at the amateur and minor league levels. As a result, most major league secondbaseman start off at shortstop. There may be a...

  • Transactions
    Pirates Release Four Lower Level Minor Leaguers

    According to Baseball America, the Pirates have released four minor league pitchers.  The four are right-handers Mitchell Fienemann, Jarryd Sullivan, and Joe Parsons, and left-hander Diomedes Mateo.  None of the four had advanced far in the team's farm system.  Fienemann, one of the Pirates' first signees out of Australia, spent one year...

  • Analysis
    Minor League Depth — First Base

    “Firstbase prospect” isn’t a concept that’s highly popular with scouts. They tend to dislike players who are limited to first for a several reasons. One is that such a player has to hit extremely well to advance. Another is that athleticism does matter for hitters, so in many cases a player lacking...

  • Analysis
    Minor League Depth — Catcher

    This is the first of a series covering the Pirates’ minor league depth position by position. The idea is to take a look at the players the system has available at a position, level by level. No organization has prospects at every position and every level. It’s interesting to see just how...

  • Pirates History
    The Best Pittsburgh Pirates Infields Ever

    SEE ALSO: The Best Pittsburgh Pirates Outfields Ever Determining the best Pirate infield ever is mainly a matter of figuring out how to delineate the various infields that Honus Wagner was a part of.  He dominated the game in his day like few other players have dominated it.  Not only that, but...

  • Pirates History
    The Best Pittsburgh Pirates Outfields Ever

    Despite what we’ve seen over the last two decades, the Pirates during their long history have had some mighty good infields and outfields.  No, really.  Inspired by a brief exchange on a message board recently, I thought it’d be interesting to try to determine which ones were the best. As a measure,...

  • Top Stories
    Pirates Set to Downgrade 90-Loss Team

    The Pirates in 2011 improved from 105 losses to 90, certainly a significant step forward even though they remain a bad team.  With the playoffs still underway, however, they’ve made it clear that they intend to move quickly backward toward another 100-odd losses in 2012.  It’s long been known that they don’t...

  • Top Stories
    What Went Right in 2011

    The 2011 campaign is over and the Pirates have another losing season in the books.  That’s . . . how many in a row?  I dunno, some really large number.  It’s like having ants at your picnic and wondering exactly how many there are.  At least this year was a little different,...

  • Top Stories
    What Went Wrong in 2011

    You can’t lose 90 games without a lot of things going wrong.  In the case of the 2011 Pirates, there were some problems that were different, at least for their current front office, and some that were grindingly, depressingly the same.  There were also some problems that maybe had a silver lining. ...

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