First Pitch: Upcoming Spring Training Coverage

Spring Training started this week, and so far we’ve been providing coverage from a far. As I mentioned a few months ago, I’m moving to Bradenton this year and will be covering everything that is down there. When I say everything, I mean everything. Spring Training, the Marauders, the GCL Pirates, instructs, mini camps, orange juice sales at Mixon’s. All of those things. But mostly the orange juice.

Unfortunately my lease doesn’t start until Wednesday, and I probably won’t start my coverage until I finish moving in, which will probably be a week from today. However, we will have some coverage before then.

Wilbur Miller will be down at Pirate City this weekend and next week, proving some photos and updates on big league camp. Wilbur will also be back down at Pirate City later during the Spring to give his thoughts on minor league camp.

Also, I’m pleased to announce that Jessica Quiroli will be joining the site this year as a contributor. Jessica has covered minor league baseball for eight years. For four years she regularly covered the Eastern League for Baseball Digest, Gotham Baseball, Project Prospect, The Trentonian, Binghamton Bulletin, and many others. In 2012 she covered the New York Penn League for Gotham and Going Nine Baseball. She began her career writing for She’s covered MLB for Junior Baseball Magazine for seven years. She’s also covered high school sports for, Trentonian, and Ultimate Athlete. Her blog, ‘High Heels On The Field‘ is exclusively devoted to minor league baseball coverage. espnW named her one of the Ten Women In Sports To Follow.

Jessica will be providing updates on the minor leaguers from Clearwater throughout the Spring. She will also be helping with the site’s coverage of the Jamestown Jammers during the regular season. You can follow Jessica on Twitter @heelsonthefield.

I’m hoping to announce the rest of the additions to the site in the next week.  Even though it was the position that the majority of applicants applied for, I’ve still got to fill the major league spot. Since this is a prospect site first, my priority was on filling the minor league positions before I went with the major league spots. In between packing up the house, updating the site, and finishing the Annual this week, I’ve been going through all of those applications. I’ve been in contact with some people already (mostly the people who e-mailed me back checking for an update), and will be following up this weekend.

For now, check out today’s links, including the final Spring Training position battle article, and the early 2013 draft preview. I’ll probably be boxing up stuff in the kitchen while you read.

Links and Notes

**The 2013 Prospect Guide is now available. The 2013 Annual is also available for pre-sales. Go to the products page of the site and order your 2013 books today!

**Spring Training 2013 Position Battles: The Bullpen.

**Pittsburgh Pirates Early 2013 Draft Preview.

**Jameson Taillon on Spring Training, His 2012 Season, and More.

**Spring Training 2013 Position Battles: The Bench.

**Travis Snider Picked as a Breakout Candidate.

Author: 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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