A few months ago I started accepting applications to fill the open positions for live coverage on Pirates Prospects. I ended up getting an overwhelming response, and didn’t finish filling all of the spots until this week. Today I’m pleased to announce our new writers for the 2013 season.
Pirates Prospects will have two writers covering the Pirates at the major league level this year. Tom Bragg and James Santelli will be joining the site as Beat Writers/MLB Analysts, providing live coverage and featured analysis of the major league team all season long.
Tom Bragg was with the site last year, covering the West Virginia Power. Along with his MLB work, he’ll be providing some coverage of the Power this year. He is the former sports editor of the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and has worked at the Charleston Gazette, Charleston Daily Mail and the (Ashland, Ky.) Independent. His freelance work has appeared in newspapers all over West Virginia and he has written for The Associated Press with stories posted to several major media outlets (ESPN.com, SportsIllustrated.com, FoxSports.com). Tom graduated from Marshall University in May 2010 with a degree in Print Journalism. Follow Tom on Twitter at @TomBraggSports.
James Santelli is a Broadcast Journalism student at USC and has written for such outlets as NBCOlympics.com, Clippers.com, Pittsburgh Magazine and Neon Tommy. James previously covered the Pirates for Pittsburgh Sports Report. He also broadcasts play-by-play for the USC Trojans baseball team and was awarded the 2013 Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship. James can be followed on Twitter at @JamesSantelli.
We will be adding more photos to the site this year at the major league level. David Hague will be joining the site as the site’s photographer in Pittsburgh. David will be shooting the home games this year, making it so that we don’t have the same Spring Training photos on the site all year long.
David has been interested in photography for 12 years and had recently turned his passion into a business, David Hague Photography. He excels in sports photography but also does portrait photography, wedding photography, and concert photography. He has been published in various news papers, media guides, websites, and other publications. In addition, he is a baseball enthusiast and takes a strong interest in his hometown team. David is on Twitter at @DHPhoto11.
A few weeks ago I announced that Jessica Quiroli would be joining the site this year, providing some coverage of the minor league Spring Training games from Clearwater. Jessica will also be providing coverage of the Jamestown Jammers this year.
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 Scout.com. She’s covered MLB for Junior Baseball Magazine for seven years. She’s also covered high school sports for Milesplit.com, 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. You can follow Jessica on Twitter at @heelsonthefield.
Nancy Zinni will be returning to cover the Indianapolis Indians for the site this year. This will be the third season that Nancy has provided photos and reports from Indianapolis for Pirates Prospects.
John Dreker and Wilbur Miller will be returning to providing coverage of the Altoona Curve and West Virginia Power throughout the year. This will be the fourth season that John and Wilbur have written for the site.
Will Cleveland and John Eshleman joined the site last year to provide coverage of the State College Spikes. The short-season A-ball team is now in Jamestown. Will and John will provide occasional coverage of the Jammers when they’re on the road. John will also provide some coverage from Altoona throughout the year, and will be covering the Pirates vs Altoona Spring Training game on March 30th.
I just recently moved down to Bradenton, and will be providing coverage of the Bradenton Marauders and the GCL Pirates all year.
2013 Live Coverage
Pittsburgh Pirates - Tom Bragg, James Santelli, David Hague (Photos)
Indianapolis Indians - Nancy Zinni
Altoona Curve - John Dreker, John Eshleman, Wilbur Miller
Bradenton Marauders - Tim Williams
West Virginia Power - Tom Bragg, John Dreker, Wilbur Miller
Jamestown Jammers - Will Cleveland, John Eshleman, Jessica Quiroli
GCL Pirates - Tim Williams
For the full staff, and bios of all of the writers, check out the Pirates Prospects authors page.