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.
-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.
-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.
-Pirates Prospects Calendar: Covering all of the important dates you need to remember.
All of these resources are updated regularly, so bookmark them and check back often.
Once the draft comes along, Pirates Prospects will be the best place to keep track of the Pirates’ draft. We will host a live blog on each day of the draft, plus we’ll have player pages for each draft pick, soon after they are selected.
After the draft, we keep track of every pick that is signed, and how much money the Pirates have reportedly spent, using our Draft Pick Signing Tracker. In the last two years we’ve broken more draft signings than any other outlet.
Live Game Reports
We don’t just write about the prospects, we go see them in action. Our 2011 coverage included Spring Training coverage, the debuts of Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie, live reports throughout the year from Indianapolis, Altoona, Bradenton, West Virginia, State College, and the GCL, the fall instructional leagues, plus video of top prospects including Jameson Taillon, Luis Heredia, and Stetson Allie.
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. In 2011 we were regular guests on the Pirates’ pre and post game shows on 104.7 FM.
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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.