There's one thing you notice when you cover prospects closely: there's no middle ground with expectations and reactions. At times it seems like there are pretty much only two reactions to a prospect. If there is a good report, or a player is performing well, there are calls for a promotion. If the player has a flaw, or is going through some struggles, the reaction is doom and gloom. I don't pay attention closely enough to know that it's always the same people with these reactions. I do know that I've had several instances where I've been asked why a player (who isn't ready for a promotion) isn't getting promoted. When I point out the flaws that player has, the reaction takes a 180 turn, and suddenly the player isn't going to be a star hitter or the ace pitcher he was projected to be.
In general, I find that people sometimes forget that the minors exist for a reason.
We talk so much about the upside of players that it becomes easy to forget that we're talking about ...
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.