I often get accused of apologizing for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sometimes that's because I prefer to take a patient approach, rather than rushing to make a judgement. Sometimes that's because I put out a lofty projection for a player. Usually it's ignored that I've got a pretty good track record, and that I also can be lower on some players than others.
What I find funny about this year is the evolution of the "apologist". The team is 11 games over .500 right now. The farm system is looking pretty strong, with some major league ready talent in Triple-A, and a lot of guys on hot streaks. In the past, when the Pirates were losing, and didn't have big breakout performances from unexpected prospects like Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco, I felt the "apologist" line made sense. I felt it was usu...
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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.