Pirates Prospects Season Ending Tour

Last year we held the first ever Pirates Prospects Season Ending Tour, where I traveled for two weeks at the end of the minor league season, covering games in Altoona, State College, West Virginia, Bowie, and Williamsport.  Starting this week, the Season Ending Tour returns.

The coverage will start on Tuesday for a double header in Altoona.  The projected starters are Aaron Pribanic and Kyle McPherson.  Wednesday, I will return to Altoona, where I’m hoping to see Phillip Irwin make a start.  On Thursday I will be heading up to State College to get a live report of Ryan Hafner.

Friday morning I’ll be heading down to West Virginia, where I’ll be covering three games.  The probable starters for those games are Zack Dodson, Zack Von Rosenberg, and Jameson Taillon.

After two days off (one of those days happens to be my birthday), I’ll hit the road again, covering two games in State College, where the probable starters are Mike Jefferson and Nick Kingham.  After that, I will be wrapping up the season with four games in Altoona.

The coverage breaks down as follows (probable pitchers could easily change):

Tuesday 8/23 – Altoona DH (Aaron Pribanic, Kyle McPherson

Wednesday 8/24 – Altoona (Phillip Irwin)

Thursday 8/25 – State College (Ryan Hafner)

Friday 8/26 – West Virginia (Zack Dodson)

Saturday 8/27 – West Virginia (Zack Von Rosenberg)

Sunday 8/28 – West Virginia (Jameson Taillon)

Wednesday 8/31 – State College (Mike Jefferson)

Thursday 9/1 – State College (Nick Kingham)

Friday 9/2 – Altoona (TBA)

Saturday 9/3 – Altoona (TBA)

Sunday 9/4 – Altoona (TBA)

Monday 9/5 – Altoona (TBA)

That’s 13 games over the final two weeks of the 2011 minor league season.  Combine that with Nancy Zinni’s excellent daily coverage of the Indianapolis Indians, and a few live reports on the Bradenton Marauders and GCL Pirates from Terry Mathews, and we will have live coverage of every US affiliate over the final two weeks of the season.

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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.

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  • Lee Young

    Tim………as always, great stuff. Sounds like you really know how to celebrate a birthday! :)

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