For the past few months, I have been telling you about the 2011 Pirates Prospects Prospect Guide, which I have been working on non-stop since the end of the 2010 season. The book is in the final stages, and expected to be completed soon, with a release date in the middle of January. You can now pre-order the book to ensure that you will get one of the first copies when the book is released.
The book is jammed packed with reports and information on every prospect in the Pirates’ farm system, along with other useful information. This information comes from people who have actually seen the players in action, as well as conversations we’ve had with the players, scouts, and other sources. Features of the book include:
-The 2011 Top 50 Prospects
-Exclusive interviews with Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie, Zack Von Rosenberg, and Zack Dodson
-Positional depth charts, All-Tools teams, and a recap of the 2010 season
-A listing of the top draft and international bonuses reported
-An early preview of the 2011 draft and Anthony Rendon
-Rule 5 and Minor League Free Agency eligibility dates for every player in the system
-Plus information on every prospect in the farm system
The book will be in a convenient 5.5″ x 8.5″ size, making it ideal for those of you who want information on players during Spring Training or minor league games during the 2011 season, without having to carry a large book around. The book also provides a quick reference for any conversation you might be having on the Pirates, whether you’re looking for player stats, how a player was acquired, Rule 5 or Minor League Free Agency information, top signing bonuses, and much more.
As you know, I put a ton of effort in to this site, and the amount of effort put in to this book is double from anything you’ve seen on the site. There are a lot of things I want to do with this site, and the successful selling of this book could make those things possible. The sale of this book will allow me to add a ton of features to the site in the upcoming year. A few of those additions:
–Spring Training Coverage. I would like to provide coverage from Spring Training, without the need for charging for the coverage, or providing special premium reports only to subscribers.
–Pitch Velocity. How would you like to know what every pitcher in the farm system throws? How about their velocity, both when the ball is leaving their hand, and when it crosses the plate? One of the primary investments I plan on making is a professional radar gun, which will provide these reports on every pitcher I get to see.
–More Games. At the end of the 2010 season, I went on a minor league tour, covering over a dozen games from three affiliates in five different cities over the span of two weeks. I would like to do a lot more of that, but since those trips are paid for out of my own pocket, the opportunities are limited. If you enjoyed the coverage at the end of the 2010 season, and would like to see similar coverage throughout the 2011 season, then your purchase of a Prospect Guide will help provide that information.
–More Interviews. It’s simple. The more games I go to, the more interviews I can get for the site, and the more you can learn about the players in the farm system.
–High Quality Photos. Another investment I plan on making is a much better camera, which will provide a lot of high quality photos of the Pirates prospects during my coverage.
I don’t charge for the site, and I don’t want to charge for the site. I like that the site is free, and that so many people have enjoyed it over the last two years. In that time I’ve provided game reports, interviewed prospects, gave you a view of those prospects with the video recaps, and spent countless hours keeping the site fresh with content, keeping you up to date with what is happening with the Pirates, all while breaking the occasional story before anyone else hears about it.
I want to keep the site free, but I also want to provide more content for the site. By purchasing the book, you’re essentially making a donation to the site, so that I can provide expanded coverage of the farm system in 2011 and beyond. With that purchase, you’re not only getting expanded coverage of the farm system, but you’re also getting a great product, which I have designed with the intentions of providing you much more value than the $20 you paid for it. In short, the successful sale of this book will provide you with free access to a full time reporter on the Pirates’ minor league system, not to mention a great reference to every aspect of that minor league system.
You can place your pre-orders for the 2011 Pirates Prospects Prospect Guide below. At some point in the middle of January (depending on how soon the books can be printed and shipped out), I will be sending out the first shipments. Pre-ordering will guarantee that you get your guide first, with no delays, and most importantly, prior to the start of Spring Training.
My sincere thanks go out to everyone who places an order, and I can’t wait to start providing you coverage for the 2011 season.
2011 Pirates Prospects Prospect Guide
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.