Gerrit Cole was throwing a bullpen session here at Pirate City, under the instruction of Jim Benedict. I caught the last few pitches on camera. My favorite part is the second pitch in the video. Cole goes for an inside fastball to a left hander and drills the batting dummy. Jim Benedict’s reaction can be heard: “That’s my favorite sound”.
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.