- All salaries in bold are official
- All ages are as of the start of the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates season
- Players in the minor leagues make $32,500 in their first year on the 40-man roster, $67,300 in their second year, and $97,500 in their third year. Any player with major league service time makes at least $67,300, regardless of how many years of service.
- AST stands for Approximate Service Time. It is calculated as years.days, which means one year and 32 days would look like: 1.032. A year of service time is 172 days.
- These figures don’t include potential performance bonuses. Performance bonuses, when achieved, will be added in the “Other Expenses” section.
- This chart only includes players currently on the 40-man roster. It doesn’t include potential free agent signings, even players rumored to be added. Players are only officially added when they’re acquired by the team. Non-roster invitees who are projected to make the opening day roster are included in the “Other Expenses” section, and are only reflected in the “Estimated 2011 Payroll” figure. Since their additions would mean the removal of league minimum salaries, there is a section in the “2011 Credits” which removes the respective league minimum figures.
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.