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Site Updates: The Release Date For the 2018 Prospect Guide

Site Updates: The Release Date For the 2018 Prospect Guide

The 2018 Prospect Guide will be a bit different this year. As previously announced, the Prospect Guide will be in eBook form, allowing us to release the book in multiple parts.

The first part of that release will be later this month, and it will include our initial top 50 prospect list, along with recaps from the 2017 season. If you’ve purchased the book in the past, it will basically be the first half of the book, up until the end of the top 50 section. The difference this year is that the top 50 section will be the first draft, and will have some changes by the time the full book is released. Those changes will be based on player movement, and new information found in the two months between book releases.

We’re currently planning on releasing the first part of the book on Friday, December 22nd. And because it’s an eBook, that means we can realistically include moves made the day before, and maybe even a move that day, if necessary, before publishing.

I’d say we have the early top 50 finished right now, but the reality is that this process goes through many changes, almost on a daily basis. We’ll keep tinkering with the list, probably up until the point of release. Right now we have a pretty strong framework, with a lot of the important factors in place (like the tiers).

You can pre-order your copy of the eBook on the products page. We are also releasing a limited amount of paperback books, which will be released with the full book in February. You can pre-order one of those as well, to make sure you get your copy. Top Prospect subscribers get a discount on both the eBook and the paperback versions. If you’re not a Top Prospect subscriber, you can upgrade your membership here.

Upcoming Coverage

The winter meetings are next week, which hopefully means that we will have some news to cover throughout the week, along with rumors. We typically don’t schedule anything to run during that time, allowing the winter meeting news to fill up the space.

We’ve got a few player features to run before and after the meetings, and we’ll be providing some book updates in the weeks leading up to that release.

  • Zachary N

    Is there a way to find out what the Pirates usually spend on international signings? Curious because they seem to have a lot left over right now.

    • John Dreker

      Since they started the bonus pool in 2012, the Pirates have either come close to maxing out their pool, or in some years they spent right to the limit. This is the first year that their pool has been over 2.9 M since that system started. So they have actually spent more than any of the previous five signing periods (almost $3.5 M so far with six full months left in the signing period), but they are also allowed to spend much more than before.

  • Chuck C

    what does the top prospect subscription have to do to get their discount on the e-book or limited edition?

    • Use the code TOPPROSPECT18 at checkout.

      • Chuck C

        Thanks, Tim.

  • Will there not be a paper copy at all?

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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, 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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