This afternoon I had a radio interview with Daniel Dudley of TribLIVE Radio, which has pretty much been a weekly thing each Thursday afternoon this season. Today Dan asked me a question I was all too prepared for, and not because I knew it was coming. The question actually surprised me, but it's a topic I've been thinking about a lot this year. I was asked how this season has felt as someone who has followed the farm system for so many years, and is now seeing a winner at the major league level.
For so many years, the focus of Pirates fans has been the future. Any prospect you talked about was in the context of "He can help in X years". If a prospect was coming up that year, the conversation was "if they don't extend him, then he'll be gone before the team ever wins". It was clear that the Pirates were rebuilding for so many years, and they weren't going to be winning in 2009 or 2010. They weren't expected to win in 2011, although they made it interesting that season.
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.