The Pittsburgh Pirates are no strangers to finding talent in unique places. They were the first team to sign a player out of India, which the upcoming movie "Million Dollar Arm" will detail. They were the first team to sign a black player out of South Africa in Gift Ngoepe. They've signed players out of Australia, Lithuania, Belarus, the Netherlands, Taiwan, and more. So obviously the next avenue of talent would be finding the first female baseball player to reach the Major Leagues.
Tonight I saw an article in the incoming links of the site, posted on the Huffington Post. The article was written by Lee-En Chung, who was part of a "Baseball Basics for Women" camp at Spring Training this year. Apparently this is the fifth year that the Pirates have done this, educating a group of 50 women on the precision of pitching, the biomechanics of batting, and the structure of pro ball.
If you didn't pick up on it, I was being sarcastic when talking about this being the next avenue of talent...
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.