Episode 12 of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. This episode includes minor league analysis from James Santelli (@JamesSantelli), Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports), John Dreker (@JohnDreker) and myself (@timwilliamsP2) on the prospects in the Pirates’ system. Highlights of the show include:
**James Santelli covered the Altoona Curve last week, and wrote about Jameson Taillon in this article. James talks about what he saw from Taillon, including Taillon’s focus on first pitch strikes and the development of his changeup.
**James liked what he saw from Alex Dickerson and Gregory Polanco. He didn’t like what he saw from Quinton Miller, who was the first of the over-slot prep pitchers the Pirates signed.
**Tom Bragg and John Dreker both covered West Virginia in the last week. John wrote a great recap of West Virginia on Monday, highlighting Luis Heredia and Barrett Barnes.
**Tom, John and I discuss Heredia’s first two starts, along with Tyler Glasnow’s recent outings, and a few other players on the roster like Walker Gourley and Raul Fortunato.
**While discussing Gourley and Fortunato we get into the discussion on the value of organizational players and how they help your prospects.
**This week I interviewed Reese McGuire, who was the second pick by the Pirates in the 2013 draft and the 14th overall pick in the draft this year.
**The song is ‘Let’s Get it Started’ by Oh No Not Stereo. Courtesy of BeatPick.com.
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‘Let’s Get it Started’ by Oh No Not Stereo. Courtesy of BeatPick.com
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.