How to Follow the Draft On Pirates Prospects

2013 draftIt may or may not be a surprise that the MLB draft has always been the biggest event on this site. It was a few years ago, during the 2009 draft, that the site got its first boost in readers on draft day. The site went from having 200-300 views per day to over 2,000 views per day thanks in large part to Rob Neyer highlighting my day two recap. Ironically the day two recap talked about how the prep pitchers in the 2009 draft made the Tony Sanchez pick look better. How things change.

The site has continued to grow, usually around the same time each year. This week alone we’re expecting over half a million views on the site, which is incredibly overwhelming and much appreciated. As the site has grown, the coverage of the draft has also grown. So to help you out, here is a guide for how to follow the draft on Pirates Prospects, both on draft day and after the draft is over.

Leading Up to the Draft

All of our draft coverage to date can be found in the 2013 Draft section of the site. We’ve been keeping track of the 2013 draft for most of the last year, so you can go back and see how the rankings have changed and how players have looked at different points throughout the year.

You can also check out our Top 100 Tiered Rankings to get an idea of where the first few picks for the Pirates rank.

Be sure to listen to the latest Pirates Prospects Podcast, where we discuss those top 100 rankings, and talk with Jim Callis of Baseball America about some of the players who have been linked to the Pirates recently.

Also, we have a special 2013 draft sale on the Pirates Prospects 2013 Prospect Guide. Just use the code “2013DRAFT” when ordering and you can save $8 per book!

The Days of the Draft

You can follow the draft on MLB.com, which will have a live stream all three days. Here is the schedule for each day.

Thursday – Rounds 1-2 (7 PM)

Friday – Rounds 3-10 (1 PM)

Saturday – Rounds 11-40 (1 PM)

We will be following along with each pick. John Dreker and I will be discussing the draft on Twitter, so follow us on there for input (@timwilliamsP2 and @JohnDreker). Also, while you’re at it, follow the site account (@pirateprospects) and our Pirates beat writers Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports) and James Santelli (@JamesSantelli). You can also follow the site on Facebook. I can’t promise I’ll be updating the Facebook page with my thoughts during the draft, but it will alert you whenever there’s a new article posted on the site.

When the Pirates make a pick, we will post an article to the site with information and analysis on the selection. We will also post their player page on the site, giving a scouting report, stats, and any other information we can find on the pick. You can check that out by visiting the player page section, linked here, or found by clicking “Players” at the top of any page.

At the end of each day we will be analyzing the draft, and will have complete recaps on all of the picks that day. We will also preview days two and three, updating the draft boards and looking at who is left after the dust settles from days one and two.

After the Draft

When the draft is over, the coverage begins. The draft pick signing deadline is July 12th at 5 PM. Bookmark the 2013 Draft Pick Signing Tracker to keep track of all of the picks that have signed. You can also use the tracker to see how much the Pirates have remaining in their bonus pool, and how much over-slot money they have remaining before any draft pick penalties.

When players have agreed to sign, or officially sign, we will report the news on the site. Over the last few years we’ve broken more draft signings than any other outlet, so most of the time you’ll hear about draft signings here before anywhere else. You can follow the signings, and any other transaction in the system, on the transactions section of the site.

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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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  • HamburgBucco

    This is from your Draft 2013 Signing Tracker:

    Draft Bonus Pool Remaining ($6,563,500 Pool) $8,884,600
    Money Available For Over-Slot Deals $435,345

    Can you explain those figures ? I know that the $8,884,600 are what we can spend on the first eleven picks (Rounds 1-10) without having to pay any penalties or forfeiting future draft picks.
    So what are the other two figures about ?
    And why are there $435,345 available for over-slot deals when we haven’t drafted/signed a single player yet ?

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

      The $435,345 is the amount they can go over-slot without a draft pick penalty.

      • HamburgBucco

        And what is the $6,563,500 Pool amount about ?
        I thought our total bonus pool amount for pick 1-11 was
        $8,884,600 ?

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

          That was where I didn’t change every section from where I copied over from last year’s draft tracker.

          • HamburgBucco

            Cheers for clearing that up Tim!
            No wonder I couldn’t figure it out by calculating back and forth then…

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