Pretty much anytime I've seen someone this Spring, one of the first questions they've asked has been wondering who the breakout prospect would be this year in the minors. I'd like to think that's because I was saying Tyler Glasnow and Stolmy Pimentel would be breakout prospects last year, or that I said Gregory Polanco would be a breakout prospect a year before. But I feel like it's just part of the job of covering the minors, since I see these guys more than everyone else.
When it came to those three breakout predictions, I didn't see something specific where a switch was flipped. I didn't know instantly. It took some time. I watched them, and was impressed. So I made it a point to watch them again. Eventually they became a must-watch player. Any time they were taking batting practice or throwing a bullpen, I made it a point to watch. And eventually I was so impressed that I was comfortable calling them a breakout prospect.
I'm not saying that Stetson Allie is my breakout prospe...
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.