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.