Ever since I announced the 2011 Prospect Guide, I mentioned that the purpose of the book was to help the site grow. I outlined this in the information and goal of the 2011 prospect guide. Two of the additions I wanted to make were a quality camera, to provide better images for the site and future books, and a radar gun, to provide pitch readings for every pitcher in the system.
Thanks to the early book sales, I’ve added that camera and radar gun in the last week. The camera will provide better pictures for the site, and more pictures for the book next year. The radar gun is the exact model that is used by the Pirates, and the majority of other scouts and organizations. The pitch readings that it will provide for the site will be of the same accuracy as all of the other professionals that use the same equipment.
This is a big step forward for the site, but the goal is still far from being reached. The equipment is nice to have, but without any coverage it is useless. The book still needs more sales to provide the type of coverage I would like to provide this year, which includes a trip to Spring Training. If you haven’t purchased a copy of the book, you can order one by clicking the “Buy Now” button, either below, or to the right. Not only will you be helping the site provide more coverage of the minor league system, but you will also be getting a great book that details everything you want to know about the Pirates’ farm system. If you have purchased a book, help spread the word to your friends and any Pirates fans you know.
Three other notes:
-The winner of the home opener tickets was drawn the day the contest ended. Congratulations to Terry Gray for winning the two home opener tickets. I am looking for additional contest prizes in the future, and everyone who has already ordered a book will be entered in to those future contests.
-The top 10 prospects countdown will conclude this week. Next Monday there will be a chat about the top 10 prospects, the book, the farm system, Spring Training, and any other subject. I will post more information about the chat later in the week.
-Also, look for some big changes to the site in the coming weeks.
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.