Starting this month, Pirates Prospects will be introducing a new feature to the site called "The View From the Booth". On the fourth Monday of every month, we will interview a different broadcaster from one of the minor league affiliates, getting their opinion on how the team they follow looks, as well as some insight on that level of the system. With the 2011 draft recently taking place, and new players entering the system, it was only appropriate that we started off with Joe Putnam in State College, as most players from the draft start off with the Spikes.
Joe is the Media Relations Manager and a radio broadcaster for the Spikes, a position he has held since 2008. In 2007, he worked with the Auburn Doubledays as the assistant director of broadcasting and media relations, and covered Auburn as they won the 2007 New York-Penn League title. He graduated from Syracuse University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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 AccuScore.com, 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.