How To Use Pirates Prospects

At Pirates Prospects, you will find the best and most in-depth coverage of the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system.  However, the site is more than just covering prospects.  To help you use Pirates Prospects, here is a rundown of what you can expect from the site:

In-Season Daily Articles

-Pirates’ game recap

-Minor League schedules, with the daily probable pitchers, and lineups, when they’re announced

-Prospect Watch, featuring all of the top performers in the farm system from that day

-Daily news articles providing analysis on the major league team, the minor league teams, specific prospects, or topics such as the draft, payroll, trade rumors, etc.

Regular Features

-Interviews with players, coaches, and team officials

-Video of the top prospects in the system

-Live game recaps from the minor league games

-Reports on the draft, including player trackers, updated daily, for the top draft prospects. Plus a weekly preview, and a weekly prospects rundown on those prospects.

Site Resources

-Player pages: With extreme detail on every player in the system, plus profiles from Wilbur Miller

-40-man roster/payroll tracker: Keeping track of the current 40-man roster, and the projected end of the year payroll, updated whenever a transaction takes place

-25-man roster: A listing of all of the players on the 25-man roster (projected roster during the off-season), plus players on the disabled list and when they were added to the list, as well as an analysis on each player on the active roster.

-Future Payroll Commitments: A listing of every player on the 40-man roster, when they were added, how they were added, and their future payroll numbers. Plus, guaranteed salary numbers for the Pirates for every upcoming season a player is under contract.

-Organizational Probable Pitching Chart: Keeps track of all of the projected starters for every team in the system.

All of these resources are updated regularly, so bookmark them and check back often.

Live Game Reports

We don’t just write about the prospects, we go see them in action.  Pirates Prospects has writers covering every team, so we see every minor leaguer live. In a lot of cases we have multiple writers who get a look at the same team, giving you a variety of opinions on each player in the system. The game reports are generally focused on how the individual prospects perform, rather than being focused on the individual teams at the minor league level.

Radio Interviews

Pirates Prospects has been a guest on 93.7 The FAN, ESPN 970, TribLIVE Radio, and The Subway Nightly Sports Call in Pittsburgh; plus ESPN 1430 in Altoona, ESPN 1450 in State College, and the West Virginia Power pre-game show.

Social Media

You can follow Pirates Prospects on Twitter and Facebook, to receive alerts whenever there is an update to the site.

Follow @pirateprospects on Twitter for alerts when there are new articles uploaded to the site. You can also follow our other writers below:

Tim Williams – @timwilliamsP2

James Santelli – @JamesSantelli

Tom Bragg – @TomBraggSports

John Dreker – @JohnDreker

John Eshleman – @John_Eshleman

Matt Bandi – @MBandi

David Hague – @DHPhoto11

You can follow the site on Facebook, and get alerts on your news feed whenever a new post is made.

Follow the site on Instagram to get pictures and videos from the games.

Follow the site on Google+ for the weekly Pirates Roundtable, plus other videos uploaded to our YouTube channel.


For the second year in a row, Pirates Prospects will be releasing two books covering the Pirates and their farm system. The 2012 Prospect Guide is already out, featuring reports on every player in the minor league system, updated through 12/8.  The 2012 Annual is currently in production, and is available for pre-sales. It will cover the major league team, and will be available in February. Both can be purchased on the Products Page,and eBooks will be available for each.  Not only will you be receiving two of the best products covering the Pittsburgh Pirates system, but you will also be helping to support the site, allowing for all of the above features and coverage to remain free on the site.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Tim to my regret I happened to read Smiziks blog today and the comments about you and PP.
    I don’t know who those people are that comment there and what their real agenda is but it has to be more than Pirate baseball.
    They talk about you selling the Kool-Ade that the people like me drink, I didn’t bother to reply to them because it would really be a waste of time and anything I said would not change their minds.
    I follow your blog for one reason, to follow Pirate players once the Pirates acquire them and for information on the Pirate org.
    If you give an opinion I am confident  that it is based on what you feel is in the best interest of the team and not on some hidden agenda for or against ownership.
    Thanks for this site.

    • Tim Williams

      I saw a bit of that today. I’m always amused by those types of comments. But I don’t really care about them.

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