For the past few years I've done an article at the start of the year along the lines of "18 Players Who Can Help the Pirates Win in 2018". The focus of the article is always on potential breakout players, prospects who can make the jump to the majors, and reclamation projects who will be essential to the Pirates winning.
This year, that process seems irrelevant. The Pirates haven't traded anyone yet, but they're currently seen as sellers. That would prevent them from contending in 2018. Sure, I could do an "18 Players" article, but it would be more of an "All of these things need to go right" type of article.
So I decided to change it up, and write an article that makes more sense for this site. I decided to write about "18 Potential Breakout Pirates Prospects to Watch in 2018".
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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.