The 2018 Prospect Guide Has Been Updated With Prospects From the McCutchen and Cole Trades

This year we made a switch to having our annual Prospect Guide as an eBook. The benefit to that is we could release multiple updates of the book. The first release came back in December, with our initial Top 50 prospects. The final release will come before Spring Training, with the full book.

We were also able to do smaller updates in between, which worked out well this year, as the Pirates were expected to make some trades from their MLB roster. They did that this past week, trading Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen. They received four prospect eligible players in the deal, and all four ended up making our top 50.

That update is now available! For those of you who have already purchased the book, you can download the updated copy using the link in your confirmation email.

If you haven’t purchased the book, you can buy it for just $19.99. Your purchase includes this update and all future updates, including the full eBook when it is released. We also still have limited edition paperback copies available for pre-order, which will be released before Spring Training.

With the Pirates going through a rebuild, a book about the best prospects in the system might be the most relevant thing to read about the Pirates right now. And if you’re not a subscriber yet, then there’s really no better time to join this site. You can join us here, and for the month of January, teachers and students get a special discount.

  • Is there any discount offered on the eBook for subscribers who already bought and are awaiting the paperback?

  • So do need an app for the eBook or does it come as a PDF file? How does that work?

  • Were changes actually required given the return from both these trades? I hear that Salary Relief kid has an upper 90s fastball but has control issues.

  • I thought that the rookie cutoff was 30 games or 50 IP- Crick has 30 games; or is it over 30 games and 50 IP?

    • We talked about it and decided to go with the MLB rules for Rookie of the Year eligibility, where all of the cutoffs (including 130 at-bats) are the limit and not the disqualifying point. We never had anyone right on the cutoff before, so it will be forever known as the Crick rule on P2.

      The only rule we don’t use for prospects is the 45 non-September days eliminates them for ROY eligibility. We figure that the actual playing time is more important than just being there, otherwise Moroff wouldn’t be on the list this year.

  • terrygordon30
    January 17, 2018 9:45 pm

    What is the discount code for 3 year subscribers?

  • For your reading pleasure. Especially those of you who’ve condemned the Pirates GM.

    https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-gerrit-cole-trade-has-a-perception-problem/

    • Very good article.

      • It got me fired up. I realize losing our “ Ace” is a tough pill to swallow, but the return for Cole sure looks like it has the makings of being well worth it.

    • One of the links on the PBC Asylum. i posted it last night. Really good article.

      • What is the PBC Asylum?

        • It’s a site which links to a bunch of different sites about the Pirates,and MLB, to a lesser extent.

          Plus in season, they do live threads during games.

      • The more I read about the Cole trade, the better it sounds for Pirates.

        I’m very high on Moran. But after reading this, Feliz really gets me excited for us having a lockdown back end of the bullpen.

        • Moran has the opportunity he lost when Bregman was moved to 3B – he had always been a good hitter, but the power was missing. I like his chances – I just hope the Pirates unload Rodriguez so the position does not need to be shared with anyone other than Freese (if he stays).

          I think Musgrove and Feliz are strong, but the sleeper in all of this could be Jason Martin who seems to have found some power in A+ and AA. K/W is up, but he posted an .802 OPS in 2017 as a 21 year old in 300 AB at AA. Hopefully the Pirates will not force him to repeat AA. Pat him on the back and give him a shot in AAA.

    • terrygordon30
      January 17, 2018 9:58 pm

      This article is dangerous. It is filled with facts. Never let facts get in the way of emotions.

      • No doubt. I didn’t get emotional about losing Cole, but the Cutch trade hit me where it hurt.

  • I never received a confirmation email. Could this be because I didn’t purchase the book?

  • Thanks Tim for making this a ebook. As a Pirates fan that is now living in Canada this is great!!

  • Just great….now I gotta find that stupid confirmation email. 🙁

  • Are there any teachers discounts available for the eBook?

    • Sorry, no. If you haven’t already, you can take advantage of the teacher discount by extending your subscription for a year. It’s not just for new subscribers

  • I already purchased the book last month. How do I received an updated copy of it? Email you?

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