In 2010 the Pittsburgh Pirates had the 52nd pick in the draft, picking second overall in the second round. Heading in to the draft, not much was expected from the pick. They ended up drafting and signing Stetson Allie, who entered the draft as a top 10-15 prospect.
In 2011 the Pirates had the 61st overall pick in the draft, picking first in the second round. Once again, not much was expected prior to the draft. However, on draft day they saw Josh Bell, one of the top high school hitters, and a top 15 prospect, fall to them.
Heading in to the 2011-2012 off-season, the Pirates find themselves with a few holes, and one of those holes is behind the plate. One of the top options available is Ramon Hernandez. Yesterday, MLB Trade Rumors did their annual predictions of the top 50 free agents and where those free agents would sign. One of the predictions had Hernandez signing with the Pirates. Sports Illustrated made the same prediction in their top 50 article.
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.