Authors

Tim Williams (@timwilliamsP2)

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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 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 moved to Bradenton in 2013, and will be providing live coverage all year of the Bradenton Marauders, GCL Pirates, instructs, mini camp, Spring Training, and lunches at Mixon’s Fruit Farms.

 

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James Santelli (@JamesSantelli)

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James covers the Pirates beat for Pirates Prospects. He is a Broadcast Journalism student at USC and has written for such outlets as NBCOlympics.com, Clippers.com, Pittsburgh Magazine and Neon Tommy. James previously covered the Pirates for Pittsburgh Sports Report. He also broadcasts play-by-play for the USC Trojans baseball team and was awarded the 2013 Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship. James dispenses puns at his Twitter account (@JamesSantelli) where he campaigns for robot umpires, takes your beer recommendations and promises to write in first-person.

Nate Barnes (@NateBarnes_TPN)

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Nate covers the Pirates beat for Pirates Prospects, and is an English Writing major at the University of Pittsburgh and is the Sports Editor of The Pitt News. Nate has covered the Pirates for Pittsburgh Sports Report, and covered Pitt Men’s Basketball, Duquesne Men’s Basketball, and Pitt Baseball beats prior to this summer. You can find Nate on Twitter @NateBarnes_TPN where he’ll keep you updated on each and every time Clint Barmes breaks up a no-hit bid with one-out in the third inning of ballgames.

 

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Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports)

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Tom Bragg is a beat writer and analyst for PiratesProspects.com and also a freelance sportswriter. He is the former sports editor of the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and has worked at the Charleston Gazette, Charleston Daily Mail and the (Ashland, Ky.) Independent. His freelance work has appeared in newspapers all over West Virginia and he has written for The Associated Press with stories posted to several major media outlets (ESPN.com, SportsIllustrated.com, FoxSports.com). Tom graduated from Marshall University in May 2010 with a degree in Print Journalism.

Will Cleveland (@ClevelandROC)

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Will Cleveland is a sportswriter for the Ithaca Journal in Ithaca, NY. He covers Cornell University sports, including men’s basketball, women’s hockey, and men’s lacrosse, and other area activities. Prior to that experience, he worked for the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper in Rochester, NY, for over four years. He covered local high schools, colleges, and minor league sports teams, including the Rochester Red Wings, Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, and the Batavia Muckdogs, short-season Class-A team, previously affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals. He started following the Pirates in the early 90s when his aunt lived in Squirrel Hill. He has been a loyal follower since, and has done some previous work for this site, including some scouting/player reports last season.

John Dreker (@JohnDreker)

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John Dreker has been with Pirates Prospects since July 2010. He provides live coverage of the Altoona Curve and West Virginia Power throughout the year. He also keeps track of draft prospects, and is the go-to guy on the site for international news. Along with his live coverage, plus coverage of the draft and international scenes, John helps with the daily news updates on the site.

John Eshleman (@John_Eshleman)

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John Eshleman joined Pirates Prospects in 2012, providing live coverage of the State College Spikes and the Altoona Curve. He will return for the 2013 season to provide coverage of the Jamestown Jammers while they are in State College. He will also be providing coverage of the Altoona Curve throughout the year. John is currently earning a Ph.D in Rural Sociology from Penn State University, and he lives in State College with his fiance Allison.  Also, he hates the designated hitter rule.

Wilbur Miller

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Wilbur Miller joined the site in July 2010.  He has long been known for his excellent Player Profiles, which he brought to the site in February 2011, combining them with the existing Pirates Prospects Player Pages. Wilbur maintains the player pages section of the site, and provides regular articles to the main portion of the site, including a weekly Prospects Trend piece, featuring the best and worst prospects from the previous week.

 

Contributing Writers

Matt Bandi

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Matt is a lifelong Pirates fan that has spent his entire life in the Pittsburgh area. His earliest Pirates memory was Sid Bream’s walkoff home run on Richard Caliguiri day in 1988. He did not shed a tear when Bream’s desperate October scramble broke the city’s heart four years later. Instead, he sat frozen in front of his television, stunned by the disaster he had just witnessed.

Matt graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006. He has covered the Bucs at Wait ‘Til Next Year (9/2006 – 9/2007), Pittsburgh Lumber Co. (9/2007 – 2/2011), and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was the editor of the 2011 Pirates Prospects Annual, released in 2/2011.

 

Photos

David Hague (@DHPhoto11)

David Hague is the site’s MLB photographer. He has been interested in photography for 12 years and had recently turned his passion into a business, David Hague Photography. He excels in sports photography but also does portrait photography, wedding photography, and concert photography. He has been published in various news papers, media guides, websites, and other publications. In addition, he is a baseball enthusiast and takes a strong interest in his hometown team.

Wilbur Miller

Mark Olson

Tim Williams