First of all, I would like to thank everyone for the response to the survey the other day. I’ve responded to every submission so far, and have started implementing a few changes, as you might have noticed with last night’s Prospect Watch. The primary goal is to get input so that I know where to focus future site improvements. For example, I didn’t realize that people enjoyed the Prospect Watch so much. Now that I know people view it as a top feature to the site, I’ve started adding more content to the article, along with making it easier to read.
If you haven’t submitted your survey yet, go here to send in your comments. Just a note, I’m not really looking to remove any specific articles. The great thing about being web-only is that there are no limitations. As long as we’ve got an audience that wants to see certain articles, we will be running those articles. The focus isn’t to see what we should remove from the site, but what we should put more of a focus on going forward, as shown with the Prospect Watch.
Now that does mean that we’ll be cutting back on certain things. For example, there wasn’t really much of a response to the prospect videos. The videos get a good response for top prospects like Jameson Taillon or Stetson Allie, but not so much with other prospects. For that reason, when I go to games that don’t feature top prospects, I’ll probably cut out video, and focus more on pitch readings and other details that you want to know about.
I’d also like to thank everyone who submitted a donation to the site. The support shown for the site has been overwhelming, and is extremely appreciated. As I mentioned, all donations go toward increasing the site’s coverage. As a result of the early donations, I will be covering the State College Spikes next week, starting on Monday with Stetson Allie’s pro debut. I will also be covering the Tuesday and Wednesday home games, which feature Joely Rodriguez and Nick Kingham respectively. That’s a very exciting trio of pitchers, as all three rated in the Pirates Prospects top 40 prior to the season.
If you haven’t donated, but would like to send in some money to show your support and appreciation for the work that is put in to running the site, you can submit a donation below. Every little bit helps, and like I said, it only goes toward increasing the coverage of the site. You can also go to the products page and buy the triple pack, which is on sale right now for $17 + S&H (originally priced at $30). Not only do you support the site, but you get the hard copy and digital versions of the Prospect Guide, and the digital version of the 2011 Annual, two great resources for all Pirates fans.
The donations so far have allowed me to provide coverage from State College next week. I’d like to add additional coverage for West Virginia and Altoona this year, and any future donations will go toward that added coverage. You can donate to the site by either buying a book from the link above, or clicking the donation button below.
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.