Introducing the 2011 Pirates Prospects Annual

You may have noticed that things were kind of slow at Pittsburgh Lumber Co. the past couple months. I was not posting regularly, and I apologize for that. However, there was a reason for this inactivity. I have been busy working on a new project, the 2011 Pirates Prospects Annual. It was my first attempt at this sort of venture, but I am pretty happy with the end result. I hope all of you enjoy it as well. I am not exactly sure when it will be released, but I am shooting for sometime around February 10th. I still have quite a bit of work to do, but that date is a realistic possibility.

I was hoping to offer the book in paperback form, but I don’t think that is a possibility at this point. The writing process simply took too long. Maybe next year. For now, the 2011 version will be offered as a downloadable PDF only. I have not organized everything yet, but it looks like the final product will be around 150 full-color pages (8.5” x 11”). Here is what you can expect to find in those pages.

  • Profiles and 2011 projections for all players on the 40-man roster, plus bonus profiles for non-roster players who have received an invite to the major league portion of spring training
  • Full career projections for Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, Jose Tabata and Neil Walker, plus extensive analysis on the results
  • Projected platoon splits for major league position players
  • A detailed look at how the Pirates compare to the 24 teams that reached the postseason in 2008 – 2010, broken down by offense, defense, starting pitching and relief pitching
  • A comprehensive review of the “Five-Year Plan,” the Pirates rebuilding attempt of 1996
  • An extensive look at Andrew McCutchen’s defense (Is he as bad as his UZR indicates?)
  • Projected 2011 win total
  • And more…

This e-book took a tremendous amount of time and effort to put together, as you can probably tell by the relative silence on PLC in recent months. I have not made a formal announcement before now because I was not sure whether I would get it done before the beginning of spring training. Finally, after months of uncertainty, I am confident that I will bring you a fantastic source of Pirates information and in-depth analysis.

Because so much work went into the Annual, there will be a cost to download it. For just $5, you will have access to approximately 150 pages of great Pirates content, just in time for spring training. Assuming the book is received well, I plan to do it every year. Once the Annual is officially released, you will be able to purchase it directly from this site via PayPal.

If you have any questions or comments about the book, feel free to leave them in the comments section. You can also send me a message on Twitter (@MBandi) or shoot me an email (mattbandi@gmail.com).

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