Today is Opening Day for the 2013 Minor League Baseball season. All four full-season Pirates affiliates play this evening, and the starting pitchers can be found on the daily schedule. This week we’ve been previewing the four affiliates who will be starting their season, along with some analysis for each level of the system. The links to all of those write-ups can be found below, along with the lineups and rotations for all four teams, and our pre-season top 20 prospects that were uploaded back in January. The top 20 prospects are from the 2013 Prospect Guide, which you can purchase on the products page of the site. The Guide is the perfect resource to use throughout the minor league season, especially if you intend on going to games. I use my copy as a reference for pretty much every article I write on this site.
Before we get to the links, allow me to go over the coverage that we will provide on the site. Each night we have a Prospect Watch, which recaps what every team did in the system, highlighting the individual prospect performances. Pirates Prospects receives daily reports from each team. We also provide coverage throughout the year of every affiliate, getting a live look at the players. Each night we upload the Minor League Schedule (link found on the right sidebar of every page on the site), highlighting the pitchers who are starting the next day, and some of the recent trends with each team. Each week we provide a recap of the best hitting and pitching performers from the previous week. The newest feature on the site is the Organizational Probable Pitching Chart, which gives a long-term view of the projected starters for each team, all on one page.
Now here are the lineups, rotations, top prospects, and the season previews.