If there's one Spring Training question I get asked more than any others, it's the following:
"Who has impressed you the most?"
There's different variations. Sometimes it's just the vague "out of the 150+ people in camp, which player stands out" variety. Sometimes the question narrows down to a group of prospects. Sometimes it's only two prospects. But every single time it's almost impossible for me to answer.
First of all, I probably see these guys more than anyone else, outside of people in the organization. So for the most part, when I'm watching them, there's nothing that impresses me, as I've seen it before.
Take Stetson Allie, for example. I watched him in an intrasquad game yesterday. It was hard to take the game seriously, since it was more of a practice than a game. But I watched Allie hitting 95-96 MPH almost every single pitch, all while keeping the ball around the zone.
I first saw Allie around this time last year, during an intrasquad game in Spring Training...
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.