The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced that Gary Robinson has joined the Professional Scouting department as a Pro Scout. The announcement was made by Pirates Assistant General Manager Greg Smith.
Robinson, 59, managed the West Virginia Power in 2011 after managing the State College Spikes the previous two seasons. He joined the Pittsburgh organization after working 10 years (1998-2008) for Major League Baseball as an umpire supervisor and evaluator of Triple-A umpires.
Robinson spent eight years (1991-98) as a scout with the Giants, Mariners and Phillies. He also served as a coach for the GCL Expos in 1998 and as Head Coach of the UNC-Charlotte baseball program for 10 seasons (1982-1991).
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.