Pirates Prospects Adds New Writers; 2013 Live Coverage Announced

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.

Beat Writer

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.

Jamestown Jammers

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.

Returning Coverage

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.

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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 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.

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  • http://twitter.com/beatembuccos21 beatembuccos21

    Tim – congrats on the new faces. I look forward to the expanded coverage. Are Matt Bandi and Kevin Creagh going to contribute in 2013?

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      This is only the live minor league coverage. Matt and Kevin are still contributors to the site.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.donahue.100 whiteAngus

    I would like to officially decree David Hague as “The Pic Collector”

    • Wizard of Woz

      Well Done.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young


  • Wizard of Woz

    PIctures. We want pictures. How else are we supposed to identify you guys at Minor league games?

  • dave1231959

    Great! Keeps getting better.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young


  • littleworker

    So, is live coverage just as it sounds? Blogging from the park?

    Tim, can you give an idea of how big the staff is at P2?

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      We’re credentialed with every level in the Pirates system, including the majors. The people who are providing live coverage are the people who will be covering each team this year.

      The “Authors” link has everyone who is on the staff. It can be found at the bottom of the article, or under the “About” tab at the top of the site.

  • https://profiles.google.com/104537269257278527098 Peter Panza

    Hi Tim, it seems like a very solid group you’ve put together.

    A question, though: One of the new MLB beat writers attends school in California … not Cal U of Pa, but honest to goodness California.

    It seems logistically impossible for someone 3,000-some miles away to provide daily coverage at PNC Park. Am I missing something? And will the major league writers cover road games, too? Thanks.

    • James Santelli


      I just saw your comment now. Tom will be handling the early and late home games of the season while I am in school at USC. Then I will be in Pittsburgh from the middle of May until late August to cover the team from PNC Park.

      Basically, Tom and I will each be covering about half the home games. And we will also provide analysis about the Bucs during their road games, though we will not be traveling with the team.

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