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Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • Mexpirate

    Well a positive sign from the second game was that his double came from a 95mph fastball and against a lefty. lets go Alvarez, lets go bucs!!!!!

  • jfffrsn

    Is it just me or has Pedro just started doing that full swing thing between pitches like he used to do?

  • nickmid13

    Tim, after seeing those HRs today, I don’t think it’s a drop in bat speed.

  • Lee Young

    We can only hope that Pedro is going to be hitting ALL types of pitches.

  • salempirate

    Could this just be a hot streak?

  • Steve Wozniak

    For ALL batters with at least 40 PA, Pedro has faced the lowest percentage of fastballs.

  • John Lease

    Keep it up Pedro.  You’ve got a lot of stench to wipe away.

    • Ian Rothermund

       I still don’t understand exactly why everyone was as down on him as they were.  It wasn’t just a matter of people feeling let down, people have been downright angry.  Starting last year he hadn’t even had an entire season of AB’s, but because he had a big month to finish 2010, everyone expected Ryan Howard in 2011.  I feel as though people would have still been down on him last year if he had a relatively healthy season (which he didn’t) and hit 20 HR.  There’s no reason he deserves to be booed every time he strikes out.  Yes, this is a big year for him to show that he can get over last year, be consistent, and be closer to what everyone expected him to be coming out of Vandy rather than the loser he was last year.  However, I’d rather wait and see what happens while pulling for him, instead of riding his ass and waiting for him to fail.  I have enough on my plate in my real life that I want my sports fan-dom to remain as positive as possible. 

      No one ever broke out of a slump by letting it dominate their existence. 

      Btw, John Lease, this isn’t really directed at you, just simply responding to what I perceive as a day-to-day attack on ole-Pedro.  He may not pan out, but I’m failing to find a reason why I should be rooting against him.

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