Thursday is the last day of mini-camp down at Pirate City in Bradenton. The four-day event consists of voluntary workouts for players on the 40-man roster and also players who received non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training. Nearly 40 players total showed up this week.

This is a discussion thread for any Pirates topic. Below are some notes from today, and if anything else comes up, we will add it below. Any major news will be posted in a new article. Tim Williams is covering the mini-camp and will have articles from the event, which will be posted later today and throughout the next week or so.

**Buster Olney continued his rankings by position this morning and the Pirates came up empty in the Top Rotation category. They failed to get an honorable mention as well, alth...

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John Dreker
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.