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The 2018 Prospect Guide Has Been Updated With Prospects From the McCutchen and Cole Trades

The 2018 Prospect Guide Has Been Updated With Prospects From the McCutchen and Cole Trades

This year we made a switch to having our annual Prospect Guide as an eBook. The benefit to that is we could release multiple updates of the book. The first release came back in December, with our initial Top 50 prospects. The final release will come before Spring Training, with the full book.

We were also able to do smaller updates in between, which worked out well this year, as the Pirates were expected to make some trades from their MLB roster. They did that this past week, trading Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen. They received four prospect eligible players in the deal, and all four ended up making our top 50.

That update is now available! For those of you who have already purchased the book, you can download the updated copy using the link in your confirmation email.

If you haven’t purchased the book, you can buy it for just $19.99. Your purchase includes this update and all future updates, including the full eBook when it is released. We also still have limited edition paperback copies available for pre-order, which will be released before Spring Training.

With the Pirates going through a rebuild, a book about the best prospects in the system might be the most relevant thing to read about the Pirates right now. And if you’re not a subscriber yet, then there’s really no better time to join this site. You can join us here, and for the month of January, teachers and students get a special discount.

  • Stanley Yip

    I already purchased the book last month. How do I received an updated copy of it? Email you?

    • John Dreker

      ” For those of you who have already purchased the book, you can download the updated copy using the link in your confirmation email.”

      • jedeweese

        I suspect I am not the only one, but I trashed that…any chance to get a new link?

        • John Dreker

          Tim will answer this once he sees the comment…

          • jedeweese

            Thanks, sorry to cause you/Tim the headache.

        • Send me an email and I’ll find your link:

          • Bobbycats

            Tim: Jon Friedman here and I of course deleted the E-mail after downloading the book, kindly send a new confirmation to Thanks keep up the good work. Jon

          • jedeweese

            Got the new link, thx! Question: If Craig doesn’t hit enough, who is the next 1st baseman in the rough? Martin obviously…but what then…Oneil Cruz if he continues to muscle up and lose agility?

            • Save that question for tomorrow. I hear there might be a Q&A on the site in the afternoon.

    • If you deleted it, send me an email:

      • emjayinTN

        Hopefully, the limited edition will be available at least a few weeks before ST? I will add it to my collection which began with the P2 Prospect Guide in 2011. Excellent reference guide for anyone interested in the Pirates. Thanks Tim, John, Wilbur, and the staff.

        Are the writers who cover the minors able to offer some input to the Board during the off-season regarding how the recent trades are being digested in their localities?

  • Are there any teachers discounts available for the eBook?

    • John Dreker

      Sorry, no. If you haven’t already, you can take advantage of the teacher discount by extending your subscription for a year. It’s not just for new subscribers

  • Just great….now I gotta find that stupid confirmation email. :(

    • jedeweese


    • taylor26554

      Search your email for pirateprospects. That’s how I found my email.

  • Phil

    Thanks Tim for making this a ebook. As a Pirates fan that is now living in Canada this is great!!

  • thecrow124

    I never received a confirmation email. Could this be because I didn’t purchase the book?

    • Send me an email:

      • thecrow124

        Tim………..I didn’t order it yet, it was a joke, sorry, you were probably inundated with requests. I’m going to get the print copy probably.

  • Scott K

    For your reading pleasure. Especially those of you who’ve condemned the Pirates GM.

    • TonyV

      Very good article.

      • Scott K

        It got me fired up. I realize losing our “ Ace” is a tough pill to swallow, but the return for Cole sure looks like it has the makings of being well worth it.

    • One of the links on the PBC Asylum. i posted it last night. Really good article.

      • Daniel D

        What is the PBC Asylum?

        • Scott K

          It’s a site which links to a bunch of different sites about the Pirates,and MLB, to a lesser extent.

          Plus in season, they do live threads during games.

      • Scott K

        The more I read about the Cole trade, the better it sounds for Pirates.

        I’m very high on Moran. But after reading this, Feliz really gets me excited for us having a lockdown back end of the bullpen.

        • emjayinTN

          Moran has the opportunity he lost when Bregman was moved to 3B – he had always been a good hitter, but the power was missing. I like his chances – I just hope the Pirates unload Rodriguez so the position does not need to be shared with anyone other than Freese (if he stays).

          I think Musgrove and Feliz are strong, but the sleeper in all of this could be Jason Martin who seems to have found some power in A+ and AA. K/W is up, but he posted an .802 OPS in 2017 as a 21 year old in 300 AB at AA. Hopefully the Pirates will not force him to repeat AA. Pat him on the back and give him a shot in AAA.

    • terrygordon30

      This article is dangerous. It is filled with facts. Never let facts get in the way of emotions.

      • Scott K

        No doubt. I didn’t get emotional about losing Cole, but the Cutch trade hit me where it hurt.

  • terrygordon30

    What is the discount code for 3 year subscribers?

  • Pete Cepulis

    I thought that the rookie cutoff was 30 games or 50 IP- Crick has 30 games; or is it over 30 games and 50 IP?

    • John Dreker

      We talked about it and decided to go with the MLB rules for Rookie of the Year eligibility, where all of the cutoffs (including 130 at-bats) are the limit and not the disqualifying point. We never had anyone right on the cutoff before, so it will be forever known as the Crick rule on P2.

      The only rule we don’t use for prospects is the 45 non-September days eliminates them for ROY eligibility. We figure that the actual playing time is more important than just being there, otherwise Moroff wouldn’t be on the list this year.

  • rjgrinde

    Were changes actually required given the return from both these trades? I hear that Salary Relief kid has an upper 90s fastball but has control issues.

  • So do need an app for the eBook or does it come as a PDF file? How does that work?

    • John Dreker

      PDF file

  • Aaron L

    Is there any discount offered on the eBook for subscribers who already bought and are awaiting the paperback?

    • We don’t have any discounts on either of the books, outside of the discount on each for Top Prospect subscribers.

      • Aaron L

        Was worth asking

Site Updates

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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