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How To Use and Navigate Pirates Prospects

At Pirates Prospects, you will find the best and most in-depth coverage of the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system.  However, the site is more than just covering prospects.  To help you use Pirates Prospects, here is a rundown of what you can expect from the site, along with tips for navigating the home page:

Navigation

Pirates Prospects produces a lot of weekly articles, which can make it easy to miss something on the site. For that reason, we have the homepage of the site separated into categories to allow you to keep up. Here is a guide to navigate the site:

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1. The navigation bar links to all of the big categories on the site. Any link with an “>>” is a drop down menu, with more links included. The navigation bar also includes links to the products page of the site, and the player pages.

2. The featured articles on the site. These are the top four articles on the site at the time, and not necessarily the most recent articles (more on that below).

3. All of the social media accounts for the site.

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1. All of the recent articles on the site, located right below the featured section. At the bottom of this section is a drop down arrow with “Load More Posts”. Click that to load more recent articles.

2. The middle column of the home page includes the latest articles from the most popular categories on the site.

3. If you’re looking for something specific, try our search box, located in this same spot on every page.

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1. Located below the recent articles section is another section with all of the latest articles from our most popular categories.

2. The daily minor league schedule, located on every page in the right sidebar.

3. All of the site resources, including our payroll charts.

In-Season Daily Articles

-Minor League schedules, with the daily probable pitchers, and lineups, when they’re announced.

-Prospect Watch, featuring all of the top performers in the farm system from that day.

-Daily news articles providing analysis on the major league team, the minor league teams, specific prospects, or topics such as the draft, payroll, trade rumors, etc.

-A “Week In Review” article each Sunday, recapping all of the biggest stories from the previous week.

Regular Features

-Analysis on the Major League team.

-Live scouting reports on the prospects, including updates on what each prospect is working on from a developmental standpoint.

-Video of the prospects in the system.

-Reports on the draft, including nightly updates on the top performers that could be options for the Pirates in the first round.

Site Resources

Player pages: With extreme detail on every player in the system, plus profiles from Wilbur Miller.

40-man roster/payroll tracker: Keeping track of the current 40-man roster, and the projected end of the year payroll, updated whenever a transaction takes place.

25-man roster: A listing of all of the players on the 25-man roster (projected roster during the off-season), plus players on the disabled list and when they were added to the list, as well as an analysis on each player on the active roster.

Future Payroll Commitments: A listing of every player on the 40-man roster, when they were added, how they were added, and their future payroll numbers. Plus, guaranteed salary numbers for the Pirates for every upcoming season a player is under contract.

Organizational Probable Pitching Chart: Keeps track of all of the projected starters for every team in the system.

All of these resources are updated regularly, so bookmark them and check back often.

Live Prospect Reports

We don’t just write about the prospects, we go see them in action.  Pirates Prospects has writers covering every team, so we see every minor leaguer live. In a lot of cases we have multiple writers who get a look at the same team, giving you a variety of opinions on each player in the system. We also receive input from opposing scouts, coaches in the Pirates’ system, and the players themselves.

Radio Interviews

Pirates Prospects has been on 93.7 The FAN, ESPN 970, TribLIVE Radio, and The Subway Nightly Sports Call in Pittsburgh; plus appearances on local radio in each minor league city.

Social Media

You can follow Pirates Prospects on Twitter and Facebook, to receive alerts whenever there is an update to the site.

Follow @pirateprospects on Twitter for alerts when there are new articles uploaded to the site. You can also follow our other writers below (we’re in the process of adding writers, so this list will be updated soon):

Tim Williams – @timwilliamsP2

John Dreker – @JohnDreker

Nate Barnes – @NateBarnes_TPN

David Hague – @DHPhoto11

You can follow the site on Facebook, and get alerts on your news feed whenever a new post is made.

Follow the site on Instagram to get pictures and videos from the games.

Products

Pirates Prospects releases an annual book covering the Pirates and their farm system. The 2014 Prospect Guide is already out, featuring reports on every player in the minor league system, including our top 50 prospects. The book can be purchased on the Products Page. The book is not only one of the best products covering the Pittsburgh Pirates system, but you will also be helping to support the site, allowing for all of the above features and coverage to remain free on 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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  • emjayinTN

    I purchased 3 Prospect Guides – one for each son, and carried the other around with me until I ran into a Cincy Fan. I showed it to him and he was amazed at the quality of content, presentation, and asked if he could borrow it for awhile to show some of his buddies. He is a Cincy Fan simply because the Reds are the home team for this area of Tennessee. He is originally from Vero Beach and used to visit ST every year while the Dodgers were at Vero. Now for ST he spends the time in Orlando with the Braves. He told me that he had never seen anything from any of the other teams he follows and asked me if it was a product that the Pirates put out. I told him the story and he was going to suggest that others teams should do this also, because fans are truly interested and do not get enough of the reviews of their farm hands.

    When I was down at Pirates City, I think I saw 4 guys with well-worn copies of the 2014 Guide – congratulations, and thank you for the quality of product you produce.

  • Lino Donoso

    Tim, you are the best!

  • israelp

    Tim, you need a page with explanations of all those initials you use. Some of us old guys don’t go far beyond ERA and RBI. You don’t have to explain then every time you use them, but there should be a link that is always easily available.

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