Last year I noticed something about Pirate City. When the major league camp is there, every writer is there. When the major league camp heads over to McKechnie Field, the writers follow, and people rarely come back to Pirate City. Usually it's just me in an empty media room, with a cooler stocked full of soda, tempting me to break my ban on drinking soda.
The full roster of players reported for minor league camp today. The first workouts for the new players will take place tomorrow. In about a week they'll be playing actual games at Pirate City. Until then, I've been focusing more on major league camp. Sure, I'm still talking to people at Pirate City. Last week I wrote about Josh Bell, Tyler Glasnow, and five breakout candidates for 2013. But there's only so much you can write about when there's nothing but live batting practice, unless you want to rehash the 2012 season.
For the next week I'll be watching some live batting practice everyday. The thing to note about the live BPs ...
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.