Wilbur Miller

  • Prospect Reports
    Altoona Misses Chance for Sweep

    Bowie avoided a sweep in the final game of a four-game series, beating Altoona 3-1. The Curve’s starter, Mike Colla, pitched well but had to battle through a series of defensive misplays by his teammates. Starling Marte had three hits in five at-bats, including a double, but the Curve went 0-for-7 with...

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    Are We There Yet? Part Four

    This is the last installment of the comparison of the Pirates’ farm system as it stood at the beginning of 2007 and 2012. This part covers the low A teams, Hickory in 2007 and West Virginia in 2012. Also See: Part One, Part Two, Part Three Catcher 2007: Kris Watts 2012: Samuel...

  • Prospect Reports
    Irwin, Curve Continue Dominance Over Bowie Bats

    Altoona’s pitching continued to shut down Bowie’s offense, giving the Curve their third straight road win over the Baysox, 2-0.  Phil Irwin threw seven shutout innings, allowing only four hits, walking none and fanning four.  The Curve got all their offense in the first when Andrew Lambo lined a 2-run HR far...

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    McPherson, Curve Stifle Bowie

    Altoona won its second in a row over Bowie tonight, 4-2, behind five shutout innings from Kyle McPherson. He allowed just one hit and one walk, while striking out three. Tony Sanchez reached base all four times up with a double, two singles and a hit batsman. McPherson relied mainly on a...

  • Analysis
    McKechnie Park Effects — Some Context

    This is a followup to Kevin Creagh’s article on the effect of McKechnie Field on the hitting stats of the Bradenton Marauders. Kevin concludes that McKechnie may inflate those stats and also that Altoona’s Blair County Ballpark may deflate them once those players reach the Curve.  There are a couple aspects to...

  • Analysis
    Pribanic Shuts Down Bowie

    Behind six strong innings from Aaron Pribanic, the Altoona Curve beat playoff hopeful Bowie on the road tonight, 5-1.  Pribanic allowed seven hits, all but one singles, walked one and fanned four.  The Curve put the game away with four runs in the first, as Bowie starter Armando Gabino recorded only one...

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    Are We There Yet? Part Three

    The comparison between the 2007 and projected 2012 farm system continues at the high A level. Breaking a farm system down into players who are prospects and those who aren’t gets a little harder once you’re talking about class A teams, because at that level nearly everybody is a prospect to some...

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    Are We There Yet? Part Two

    This is the second part of a look at how the Pirates’ farm system stood at the beginning of 2007, compared to how it may look at the beginning of 2012. The assignments for 2012 are, of course, just my best guesses. Also See: Are We There Yet? Part One Catcher 2007:...

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    Are We There Yet? Part One

    Ever since the Pirates hired Neal Huntington as general manager after the 2007 season, the team has focused heavily on its farm system. The idea was to develop one that would provide a constant stream of players to the major league team. That was a daunting task, because the system as it...

  • Analysis
    Prospect Trends — Week Ending 8/21

    The Pirates are facing a potentially significant roster crunch this off-season, with numerous prospects becoming eligible for the Rule 5 draft.  Adding to the pressure are one or two players who probably wouldn't have been in line for consideration a short while ago, but who are making late pushes.  Late season performances...

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