Pirates Prospects » Site Updates http://www.piratesprospects.com Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 03:04:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 What Do You Want to See on Pirates Prospects? http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/what-do-you-want-to-see-on-pirates-prospects.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/04/what-do-you-want-to-see-on-pirates-prospects.html#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:00:32 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=75717 This week I’ve been working on adding new writers to the site. I’m still in the process of adding writers, but once again, we will have coverage of every level of the minor league system this year. We’ll also have coverage of the Pirates at the major league level once again. However, we’re taking a different approach in each area, focusing less on game recaps, and more on analysis and scouting reports. I’ll reveal more on that in the coming weeks, along with some other exciting additions to the site.

I’m always looking to add new content to the site, whether it’s a new resource, new writers, a new method of content, or anything else that will keep you coming back for more. I’ve always found that the best way to do this is to simply ask you what you would like to see on the site. So here is your chance for input. Fill out the form below with your thoughts on what you’d like to see. I can’t promise that we’ll implement every suggestion, but I will read over every suggestion. Also, feel free to comment on existing features on the site with suggestions on how to make them better.

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Pre-Order the 2014 Prospect Guide http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/10/pre-order-the-2014-prospect-guide.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/10/pre-order-the-2014-prospect-guide.html#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:00:47 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=68651 2014FrontCoverThree years ago we released the Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect Guide, which was a book that featured profiles of every player in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system. The book was a big reason that this site became a full time job, and allowed the site to expand to provide more coverage of the minors, and the prospects making the jump to the major league level. It has always been my intention to keep the articles on the site free. The ad revenue and the site’s high traffic helps a lot, but the Prospect Guide sales allow the site to do more.

If you’ve ever had a question about a prospect, or if you frequently go to minor league games, the Prospect Guide is an excellent resource to have. I have a copy on my desk at all times, and take a copy with me when I’m on the road. I use the book as a reference for articles on the site on a daily basis. It’s my job to know as much about the minor league system as possible, and I still need the book as a reference throughout the year.

This December we will be releasing the 2014 Prospect Guide, which is the fourth Prospect Guide that we’ve produced. The 2014 Prospect Guide will feature profiles of every player in the system, along with helpful resources like signing bonus information, Rule 5 dates, and the upcoming Minor League Free Agents.  It is also the only place to find our top 50 prospect list. All of the reports are compiled from information we’ve obtained from seeing the players in action, talking to team officials, coaches, opposing scouts, and the players themselves.

You can now pre-order the 2014 Prospect Guide, which is expected to be completed right after the 2014 Winter Meetings, and is expected to ship in mid-December, just in time for Christmas. As I mentioned above, the Prospect Guide has been a driving force for this site. In buying it, not only are you getting a great product with tons of information on the system, but you’re also supporting the site and helping the site continue to grow. To pre-order the book, head over to the products page and place your order.

The Cover

Last year we started a new process of putting the Player or Pitcher of the Year on the cover. That replaced the previous selection process, called “Which top prospects do we have a picture of?” This year’s cover shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has followed my Twitter account. Tyler Glasnow was our 2013 Pitcher of the Year, and he was one of the biggest breakout players in baseball this season. Thus, he is on the cover of the 2014 Prospect Guide.

What’s New in 2014?

This year we’re doing a complete overhaul of the rankings system. Previously, everyone would submit a top 50, and those top 50 rankings would be averaged out in a variety of ways to find the overall top 50. Then we would argue players up and down, based on who saw the players. It wasn’t the most scientific approach, and it was a bit messy at times.

This year everyone will be submitting grades on every player in the system, using the 2-8 scouting scale. We will be projecting the likely upside for each player, using the following scale.

8 Elite Talent
7 All Star
6 Above-Average Starter / Strong #3 Innings Eater / Impact Closer
5 Average Major Leaguer / #3-5 SP / Closer Candidate
4 Impactful Bench Player / Spot Starter / Strong Middle Reliever
3 Up & Down Player
2 Minor Leaguer

Everyone involved will also be submitting floor and ceiling rankings, to get an idea of the risk involved with each player. This is very similar to the process that Baseball America added a few years ago. I like that, because it shows how close players really are in talent. In some cases you could have a guy outside the top 50 who is ranked just as good as someone in the top 50. In other cases you could see how there’s not much difference between prospect number 15 and prospect number 25. And down the line it will be easier to compare the talent in the system year to year, since we’ll be using the same scale.

 

Digital Version and Other Books

Once again, there will be a digital version of the Prospect Guide, although that will not be available for pre-sales, and will come out shortly after the Prospect Guide is released.  The digital version will be an e-book that can be accessed on any e-reader, including iPads, Kindles, and Smartphones.

In previous years we have released the Pirates Prospects Annual in mid-to-late February. The Annual won’t be returning this year, although we might have some sort of Spring Training preview. That’s still up in the air, but for now there will only be one book this year, and that’s the Prospect Guide.

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The 2013 Annual Will Be Released Soon http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/the-2013-annual-will-be-released-soon.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/the-2013-annual-will-be-released-soon.html#comments Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:48:54 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47109 2013AnnualFrontCoverIn the last week I’ve been getting a few questions about the Pirates Prospects 2013 Annual. The book has been in pre-sale status since the Prospect Guide was released in December. That was to allow people to buy both books at the discounted combo pack price. The book still hasn’t been released yet, but should be coming out in the next week.

Last year the book was released on February 23rd. The date will be a little later this year, due to all of the late moves (Francisco Liriano, Jonathan Sanchez, Brandon Inge). A lot of those made some last-minute impacts to the projections in the book. We just finished those projections this week, and we’re in the final editing stages of the book. We also need to get a few updated photos of some of the new additions over the off-season, which we’re currently getting in Spring Training.

There were also some other factors that delayed the book. I’ve been busy moving down to Bradenton, and working on hiring people for coverage for the 2013 season.

I’m planning to send the book in for publishing this weekend. After that it depends on the publisher. In the past I’ve gotten books back anywhere from three days to a little over a week after I placed the order. That means I could start shipping the book out as early as a week from today.

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Pre-Order the Pirates Prospects 2013 Annual http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/01/pre-order-the-pirates-prospects-2013-annual.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/01/pre-order-the-pirates-prospects-2013-annual.html#comments Wed, 16 Jan 2013 19:21:51 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45788 2013AnnualFrontCoverThe Pirates Prospects 2013 Annual, which will be released in early February, is now available for pre-sales. The Annual takes a detailed look at every player on the major league roster, along with every player who will be invited to Major League Spring Training. Each player profile features a 2013 outlook on the player, the player’s career stats, contract information, option years remaining, and exclusive statistical projections for the 2013 season.

Along with a profile of every player on the Major League roster, the book will feature several featured articles on the team, a guide to understanding some of the top advanced statistics, payroll information, Pitch F/X reports, and a breakdown of the rest of the teams in the NL Central heading in to the 2013 season.

The 2013 Annual will be released in early February, although you can pre-order your copy of the book today by going to the Products page. For those of you who have ordered the 2013 Prospect Guide, there is a coupon code on the back page of the book that you can use for $5 off the Annual. If you haven’t ordered either book, you can buy both together as a Combo Pack for a discounted rate. The Prospect Guide will be shipped right away, and the Annual will be shipped when it is released.

If you’ve already ordered the Combo Pack, your Annual will be one of the first to ship when the books are published.

Go to the Products page to pre-order your copy today.

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The 2013 Prospect Guide is Now Available http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/12/the-2013-prospect-guide-is-now-available.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/12/the-2013-prospect-guide-is-now-available.html#comments Thu, 20 Dec 2012 23:36:59 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45092 2013FrontCoverThe 2013 Prospect Guide arrived yesterday, and is now available for purchase on the site. The book features profiles of every player in the system, along with helpful resources like signing bonus information, Rule 5 eligibility dates, and more.  It is also the only place to find our top 50 prospect list. All of the reports are compiled from information we’ve obtained from seeing the players in action, talking to team officials, coaches, opposing scouts, and the players themselves.

In the book’s introduction I talked a bit about how the purpose of the book was always to expand the site. The first year I did the book, it allowed me to expand this to a full-time job. That provided two benefits. It allowed me to dedicate all of my time to this site, providing updates every day and reporting news as fast as possible. It also came at a time when I was like many other people in this country — out of work for a few years, struggling to find any job to support my family, all while having my self-esteem and spirit crushed daily. I’ll always owe a debt to the readers of this site and the people who bought the book, since you literally rescued me from one of the darkest times in my life.

The second book came out last year, and I decided to expand the site. We added daily major league coverage, and expanded some of the minor league coverage. We also provided daily coverage from Spring Training. This year’s book will help continue all of that, and continue expanding on the coverage of the minor leagues. Everything on the site is free, and a large part of why we can provide year round free coverage is because of the book.

When I first designed the book I wanted to make something that I would use all throughout the year. Outside of the Pirates organization, I’m not sure there’s anyone who follows the farm system or knows as much about the players as I do. And yet I reference the Prospect Guide daily throughout the year, even after transactions are made and after new information comes forward. So not only is it something that helps the site continue to grow, but it’s a great reference throughout the year for the minor league system, and something that I use as a reference for a lot of articles on the site.

You can purchase the book on the products page of the site.

Pre-Sales Shipping

For those of you who pre-ordered the book, all of the pre-sales went out yesterday and today. You should have received an e-mail with a tracking number. There was a delay getting the book from the publisher this year. Last year I sent the book in on the 13th of December and received the shipment on the 16th. This year I sent the book in on the 12th and received it on the 19th. I’m not sure what the reason was for the delay, but I’m hoping that will still get the book to most of you in time for Christmas. Normally when I send out a book on Friday or Saturday, it arrives in the Pittsburgh area on Monday. I’m hoping that schedule holds up even with the holidays, especially since I sent the books out Wednesday and Thursday.

Digital Copy

The digital copy of the 2013 Prospect Guide is now available through the publisher. The eBook comes in PDF format and should be compatible with any tablet or reader. The publisher, Lulu, often has discount codes on their site. I recommend searching for those codes. Sometimes you can save 30% or more, and the best part is that this comes from the publisher so it’s not taking away from the site. Right now they’re doing their “13 Days of Savings” with a new coupon every day. If I see a coupon that works with the eBook, I’ll post it on the site and on Twitter (@timwilliamsP2)

Click here to purchase the eBook.

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Pre-Order the 2013 Prospect Guide and Win PirateFest VIP Passes http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/12/pre-order-the-2013-prospect-guide-and-win-piratefest-vip-passes.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/12/pre-order-the-2013-prospect-guide-and-win-piratefest-vip-passes.html#comments Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:00:39 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=44632 The Pirates Prospects 2013 Prospect Guide should be completed by this weekend, with the final transactions for the book coming on Thursday. Depending on how long it takes for the publisher to print the book, the books could be shipped out by the end of next week. The 2013 Prospect Guide has been on pre-sale on the products page of the site. You can buy the book for $25 shipped, or you can buy it together with the 2013 Annual and save $5 (the Annual will ship separately, around early February).

For the rest of the week, we will be holding a pre-sales contest. Order your book by this Friday, December 7th, at 2:00 PM EST and you’ll be entered to win a pair of VIP passes for PirateFest. Each book you pre-order will get you one entry in the contest. If you purchase the Combo Pack, that’s two entries. For those of you who purchased multiple books to be given as gifts, each book will get you an entry. Anyone who has already placed their order is automatically entered into the contest.

Included in the prize pack are two VIP passes for PirateFest (Dec. 14-16) at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, good for Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Each pass is good for one day only and they can used together or separately.

The Friday night event is the Season Ticket Holder Event. The ticket for that night allows you the chance to get free autographs from selected Pirates players as well as attend the Q&A session with Clint Hurdle, Frank Coonelly and Neal Huntington.

Also included is a VIP shopping pass for the PirateFest Aramark store. There are special discounts for the Friday event (up to 70% off on select items) as well as 30-40% discounts during the Saturday and Sunday events.

The times and dates are as follows:

Friday, December 14 – 6:30 PM- 9:00PM

Saturday, December 15 – 12:00 PM- 7:00PM

Sunday, December 16 – 12:00 PM- 5:00PM

To enter the contest, be sure to pre-order your copy of the 2013 Prospect Guide, or get the Combo Pack to get two entries. The contest ends on Friday at 2:00 PM EST, and the winner will be announced and notified via e-mail shortly after that.

Click here to pre-order your copy of the 2013 Prospect Guide.

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Pre-Order the 2013 Prospect Guide http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/pre-order-the-2013-prospect-guide.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/11/pre-order-the-2013-prospect-guide.html#comments Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:00:01 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=44129 This December we will be releasing the 2013 Prospect Guide, which is the third Prospect Guide that we’ve produced.  The 2013 Prospect Guide will feature profiles of every player in the system, along with helpful resources like signing bonus information, and any Rule 5 and Minor League free agency dates.  It is also the only place to find our top 50 prospect list. All of the reports are compiled from information we’ve obtained from seeing the players in action, talking to team officials, coaches, opposing scouts, and the players themselves. You can now pre-order the 2013 Prospect Guide, which is expected to be completed right after the 2013 Winter Meetings, and is expected to ship in mid-December, just in time for Christmas. We won’t be selling the book at PirateFest this year, so the only way to purchase it will be online. To pre-order the book, head over to the products page and place your order.

The Cover

In previous years there hasn’t been a specific method to finding a cover player. In 2011 we went with the four best pictures of the top prospects that we had. In 2012 we went with the top four pitching prospects in the system. Starting this year, the cover will feature the previous year’s Player of the Year or Pitcher of the Year. This year the cover features Gregory Polanco, who is our 2012 Player of the Year.

What’s New in 2013?

The 2013 version has a few changes on the production side. In previous years we printed on “Publisher Grade” paper, which didn’t lead to the best image quality in the books. This year we’re making the switch to standard paper, which should lead to better printing quality. The book is slightly bigger than previous books (6×9 instead of 5.5×8.5). That will allow the text size to be slightly increased, which was an issue that a few people brought up last year.

The switch does result in more expensive paper, which will lead to two changes. First, the player profiles will be changed. The top 50 prospects will still be featured in the same way, but the additional prospects will be reduced, especially with organizational players. There will still be a summary for each player, but the summary for some players will be shorter. There is also a $1 price increase, which is half of the increase in production cost for the book. That means the book will be shipped for $25.

Digital Version

Like last year, there will be a digital version of the Prospect Guide, although that will not be available for pre-sales, and will come out shortly after the Prospect Guide is released.  The digital version will be an e-book that can be accessed on any e-reader, including iPads, Kindles, and Smartphones.

The 2013 Annual

Around early-February 2013 we will be releasing our other book, the Pirates Prospects 2013 Annual.  The Annual looks at the major league team, with profiles for all of the players on the 40-man roster, the non-roster invitees for Spring Training.  It will include featured articles on several of the team’s top performers, Pitch F/X profiles, and Matt Bandi’s projections for each individual player in 2013.

All pre-sales of the 2013 Prospect Guide will come with a coupon for $5 off the 2013 Annual. The Combo Pack will also be available for pre-sales. If you purchase the combo pack, your books will be shipped separately. The Prospect Guide will be shipped in mid-December, and the Annual will be released when the book is printed.

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Get a Discount on the Pirates Prospects Books Thanks to Jameson Taillon http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/04/get-a-discount-on-the-pirates-prospects-books-thanks-to-jameson-taillon.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/04/get-a-discount-on-the-pirates-prospects-books-thanks-to-jameson-taillon.html#comments Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:26:14 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=29595 Today we are starting three promotions that will run throughout the 2012 minor league season. Each promotion gives you a chance to save money on the Pirates Prospects 2012 Prospect Guide and the 2012 Annual. The promotions are entirely based on player performance, which means that if the Pirates prospects play well, you save more money.

The first code is “TAILLON” and is based on Jameson Taillon’s performance in each of his starts. For every strikeout Taillon throws, you will save $1. The code “TAILLON” is only good for one day after his most recent start. As an example, last night Taillon struck out six batters. So today, you can save $6 on the Prospect Guide AND $6 on the Annual by using the code “TAILLON”.** The code is only active today, and a new discount will be added after Taillon’s next start, based on how he performs.

The second code is “COLE” and is the same as the code for Jameson Taillon. You save $1 for every strikeout Gerrit Cole records by using the code “COLE”. The code will only be active the day following Cole’s most recent start.

Since Cole and Taillon usually pitch on back to back days, the Taillon code will only be active until Cole’s start begins. If there is a day between their starts, the Taillon code would be active until midnight the following day. Cole’s code will be active until midnight the following day.

The third code is a weekly promotion. The code “HOME RUN” will be based on the amount of home runs the farm system hits in the previous week. The home runs will be tallied from Monday through Sunday of the previous week, and the code will activate on Monday of the new week. This code is not active yet, and will start on Monday, based on the amount of home runs the Pirates prospects hit this week. Unlike the daily Cole and Taillon codes, the “HOME RUN” code can be used all week.

**There is a limit of one code per cart. If you wish to buy the Prospect Guide and the Annual at a discount, you would need to place two separate orders. Limit of one discount per book, per person.

To use the codes, go to the products page. Add the items to your cart, then in the coupons box, enter your coupon code. Only one code can be used at a time. Check the Prospect Watch each night to see the results from the minor league system, and to see the latest discount code.

The coupon codes will not work on the Ebooks. However, there are usually coupon codes available for the Ebooks. Right now you can use the code “EARTH” to save 16% off the Ebooks. That code can only be used on the Ebooks, which are sold through our publisher. The link for those books can be found on the products page.

ACTIVE CODES

TAILLON – Save $6, expires 4/25/2012 at 6:30 PM EST

COLE – Based on his strikeouts in the 4/25 start. Promotion runs on 4/26/2012, ending at midnight.

HOME RUN – Starts on Monday, 4/30. Based on home runs hit by the Pirates’ minor league players during the week of 4/23-4/29. Promotion will run from 4/30-5/6.

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The 2012 Annual Starts Shipping Today http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/02/the-2012-annual-starts-shipping-today.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/02/the-2012-annual-starts-shipping-today.html#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2012 19:30:35 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=26056 The first shipment of the Pirates Prospects 2012 Annual arrived yesterday. The book was sent in for final publication on Monday, just in time to make the last minute addition of A.J. Burnett.

The Annual can be purchased on the products page of the site. If you haven’t bought the 2012 Prospect Guide, you can buy both books together at a discounted rate. Those who have already bought the Prospect Guide can use the coupon code found in the back of the book for a $5 discount on the Annual.

The 2012 Annual takes a look at the major league team, with player profiles for every player on the 40-man roster, and every player invited to Spring Training. Along with the profiles on all of the players in major league camp, the Annual takes a look at payroll figures for everyone on the 40-man roster, with a pre-season payroll projection.

A main feature is Matt Bandi’s projection system, featuring 2012 WAR projections for all players, as well as wOBA platoon projections, and the projected MLB standings and award winners for the 2012 season.

The Annual takes an analytical view at the current Pittsburgh Pirates outfield, looking at the debate between power and speed at the corner spots. The book also features an article that looks at what has gone wrong with the free agent signings from the last few years, and how they compare to the other signings in the majors.

The 2012 Annual also features Pitch F/X reports on Charlie Morton, James McDonald, Erik Bedard, Jeff Karstens, Kevin Correia, and Joel Hanrahan; four year forecasts on the other NL Central teams, and an in-depth featured look at the early 1990′s Pirates.

The 2012 Annual is the perfect way to get ready for the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates season.

Order your copy of the 2012 Annual today!

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The 2012 Annual Will Be Released Next Week http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/02/the-2012-annual-will-be-released-next-week.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/02/the-2012-annual-will-be-released-next-week.html#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:17:34 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=25773 The Pirates Prospects 2012 Annual is expected to be released next week. The book is currently in the final proof and editing process, and should be published by the end of the weekend.

The 2012 Annual takes a look at the major league team, with player profiles for every player on the 40-man roster, and every player invited to Spring Training. We are even prepared to include A.J. Burnett in the book, assuming a deal between the Yankees and Pirates is reached by the end of the weekend.

Along with the profiles on all of the players in major league camp, the Annual takes a look at payroll figures for everyone on the 40-man roster, with a pre-season payroll projection.

A main feature is Matt Bandi’s projection system, featuring 2012 WAR projections for all players, as well as wOBA platoon projections, and the projected MLB standings and award winners for the 2012 season.

The Annual takes an analytical view at the current Pittsburgh Pirates outfield, looking at the debate between power and speed at the corner spots. The book also features an article that looks at what has gone wrong with the free agent signings from the last few years, and how they compare to the other signings in the majors.

The 2012 Annual also features Pitch F/X reports on Charlie Morton, James McDonald, Erik Bedard, Jeff Karstens, Kevin Correia, and Joel Hanrahan; four year forecasts on the other NL Central teams, and an in-depth featured look at the early 1990′s Pirates.

The 2012 Annual is the perfect way to get ready for the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates season. It can be purchased on the Products Page of the site, either individually, or in a combo pack with the 2012 Prospect Guide. For those of you who have already purchased the Prospect Guide, there is a coupon code on page 204 which gives you a $5 discount on the Annual.

Order your copy of the 2012 Annual today!

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