Pirates Prospects » Site Updates http://www.piratesprospects.com Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 06 Sep 2014 15:13:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Pirates Prospects Job Openings http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-prospects-job-openings-722.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/07/pirates-prospects-job-openings-722.html#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:32:12 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=84287 We’re adding some new writers for the second half of the 2014 season, and hopefully beyond the 2014 season. The details for each position are below, along with qualifications.

Major League Coverage

We’re always looking for MLB writers to provide analysis on the Major League team, as well as regular updates on some of the bigger topics, such as trade deadline content, injury updates, and what specific players are working on. In the past we’ve done game stories and notebooks. We decided to eliminate that this year, and based on the traffic, it hasn’t been missed. The MLB focus is less on the day-to-day outcomes, and more focused on the bigger picture.

If you’re interested, e-mail me with the title “MLB Analyst”, along with why you feel you would be a good fit for the site.

Minor League Coverage

Our focus in the minor leagues is on scouting and analysis, rather than what the individual teams are doing, or what happens on a day-to-day basis. The requirement for each article will be to have at least three of the following sources of information: live coverage, statistical analysis, information from opposing scouts, information from the player, and information from team officials. This will be an analyst position, with scouting involved via watching the players, and researching them through the previously mentioned sources of information.

We are looking for more coverage for the following teams:


West Virginia



Ad Sales Representative

Pirates Prospects is seeking a part-time advertising sales representative. Experience in online ad sales is preferred. The job will start as commission only, and could grow to full-time based on performance. If you are interested, please send an email to tim@piratesprospects.com with your qualifications.

Apply For a Position

To apply for any position, send an e-mail to tim@piratesprospects.com with the following information:

-What position(s) you are applying for.

-Why would you be a good addition to the site? I get a lot of requests to write for the site, so what could you provide that would separate you from other writers?

-What is your availability for game coverage?

-What is your previous experience (include links to published content)?

For any writing position the following will be very important:

-Great work ethic and independent workers

-Strong grammar/spelling

-Good statistical knowledge, including an understanding of advanced statistics

-The ability to come up with original and interesting topics

-Leaving emotional biases out of the work

-Twitter and social networking experience

-Being a Pirates fan is not a requirement

The site is run on WordPress, so any knowledge of that is a plus.

Writing for Pirates Prospects is a great opportunity for experience and exposure. The site saw just under 11 million page views in 2013, and is on pace to beat that total in 2014. You’ll get a chance to reach a large audience, while getting valuable experience, and — unlike other smaller outlets who offer unpaid writing jobs — you’ll get some extra money in the process.

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Get 24% Off the 2014 Prospect Guide and Other Pirates Prospects Gear http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/06/get-24-off-the-2014-prospect-guide-and-other-pirates-prospects-gear.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/06/get-24-off-the-2014-prospect-guide-and-other-pirates-prospects-gear.html#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:33:15 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=80667 The Pittsburgh Pirates pick 24th overall in today’s draft, which means it’s time for our annual draft sale in the Pirates Prospects store. Using the code “2014DRAFT”, you can get 24% off the 2014 Prospect Guide, as well as the same discount on Pirates Prospects shirts. The discount is unlimited, but doesn’t apply to clearance items, which are already discounted. Quantities are limited for both products. I’m on my last shipment of Prospect Guides, and won’t be ordering more when they’re gone. There are currently less than 50 shirts available.

The 2014 Prospect Guide features information on every prospect in the system coming into the year. It features scouting reports on each player, future potential, stats, and our original top 50 prospects. Even at mid-season, I use the book as a reference for almost every article I write. If you want to learn about the Pirates’ minor leaguers, then this is the best product to have.

All of the content on the site is free. Last month we averaged eight posts per day, all on the Pirates. That average usually goes way up in June and July with our coverage of the draft, international signing period, and trade deadline. We have original prospect reports from every level in the system.

The reason we can offer all of this coverage for free is due to the sales of the products on the site. It allows me to pay writers on the site, keep the site running, and most importantly, make sure that this is the only thing I have to focus on, thus allowing for timely updates on every topic that is Pirates related. So not only do you get a great product by purchasing from us, but you also continue to help the site grow and provide all of the content you want on the Pirates and their minor league system.

Use the code “2014DRAFT” and get 24% off Pirates Prospects items today.

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MLB Removes Several Podcasts From iTunes, Including P3 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/mlb-removes-several-podcasts-from-itunes-including-p3.html http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/mlb-removes-several-podcasts-from-itunes-including-p3.html#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 17:25:38 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=78295 Yesterday I got an e-mail from Apple, said that the Pirates Prospects Podcast (P3) had been removed from iTunes. I assumed this was because I hadn’t uploaded a new podcast in a few months, and figured I would just re-submit the show when a new episode came out (which was coming in the next week or two).

Today, Aaron Gleeman tweeted that his podcast, “Gleeman and The Geek” was removed from iTunes at the request of Major League Baseball.

It appears that several other podcasts have been removed as well. Here is a Yankees podcast that was removed. Here is an Orioles podcast. You can find a lot of others by searching through Twitter. It seems a common trend is that a podcast was removed if it includes a team name. In the case of Gleeman’s podcast, the title of the show didn’t include a team name, but it was identified as a Minnesota Twins podcast.

The move by MLB is typical, considering their history of alienating fans and removing content that could help promote their sport. In this case, the podcasts are free, and most people doing the podcasts earn nothing from the show. There’s a reason I haven’t done a podcast in several months. I’ve been focused on adding things to the site that generate revenue, rather than spending time and money (hosting fees) for a show that brings in next to nothing.

There is a benefit to doing the show. It adds some publicity for the site, and reaches a different audience than the audience that reads the site articles each day. It also can attract new readers who discover the podcast on iTunes. But the benefits of the show don’t make a huge difference, which is why this site was a full time gig before I started the show, and why it has been full time since I stopped producing shows.

Here is an example of the typical work that goes into a podcast. I’m assuming it’s the same for every other team.

**Set up a time to talk with the other guests on the show. The more people you have, the harder this process can be. We would have the minor league writers on, followed by the major league writers. That was a process that usually involved interviews over the span of three days.

**Create the script for the show. Usually at the start of the Skype call, we would just agree on a few topics to discuss, knowing that we’d eventually get off topic and add other discussions to the mix.

**Once all of the recording was done, the editing begins. This involves listening to the entire show (usually about an hour and a half of audio) and removing all of the small breaks, mistakes, times when Skype dropped the call (happens a lot, and that adds to the interview times), and adding music and effects to the show. I’ve found that a good rule of thumb is to anticipate double the time of the show. If it’s an hour and a half, then it will take three hours to edit the show, usually getting the final time down to about an hour.

**When the podcast is complete, you have to upload it, write a summary, and do all of the promotions. This is usually half an hour.

If the recording is an hour and a half, that probably means we spent about two hours doing interviews and planning the show over the span of three days. Add in the editing time, and the time to promote the show, and you’re talking about 5-6 hours of work for a one hour show. Sometimes it’s a little bit less, but it’s never less than four hours. And keep in mind, this is for a free product that is dedicated to discussing Major League Baseball on a weekly basis. Whatever benefit the site is getting from the podcast, MLB is getting the same benefit from an hour of free publicity.

I can see the argument from MLB’s perspective. They own the rights to the team names, and it’s their right to shut anything down that uses those names. But it’s not like we’re creating unofficial t-shirts and hats with the team name and selling them for a profit outside of the stadium. We’re creating a product that is free, and that gives free publicity to the league.

The fact that Gleeman’s podcast was removed is more concerning. That’s just a podcast that identified itself as a Minnesota Twins podcast. By that standard, you can’t even have a podcast about a team. Or you can, but you can’t tell anyone what it really is about.

The whole process makes me wonder what would happen if MLB starts coming after blogs. This site is named Pirates Prospects. That’s not uncommon. I named it Pirates Prospects to try and create a Pirates version of Sox Prospects. I also included some features from one of my favorite blogs, Rays Index. A few weeks ago I linked to prospect sites from other teams, and many of them included the team name. And as we saw with Gleeman’s podcast, if you just mention that your product covers a specific team, then you’re at risk. That involves every sports blog.

I can actually see a better argument for MLB going after blogs, since people actually make money off of blogs. I’ve turned mine into a career. At the same time, I’m providing news about the game, much like any newspaper or magazine. So it’s definitely a gray area, since there’s not much of a difference these days between blogs and traditional media — most of which are more like blogs these days.

Overall, it’s kind of ridiculous that MLB — an industry that receives billions of dollars per year — would flex their muscles to take out a bunch of podcasts that are free, generating no revenue, and providing free publicity to the sport. It’s not like MLB is hurting for money, and it’s not like podcasts are eventually going to put MLB out of business, or even take away revenue from the league.

As for our podcast, it’s still available through our hosts. We’ll be bringing that back soon for the 2014 season. We may even re-brand it as “A Podcast About the Prospects in the Minor League System of the Baseball Team Located in Pittsburgh”, just to avoid using team names.

UPDATE 2:33 PM: MLB has issued a statement to HardballTalk. They call this a mistake, although Craig Calcaterra points out that this doesn’t add up.

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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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