Today marks the end of the 2011 minor league season, which is the third season that we’ve covered here at Pirates Prospects. To give you an idea of what is to come in the next week, here is the anticipated schedule:
-Bradenton will be in the Florida State League playoffs starting tomorrow, September 6th, and we will be following their progress.
-We will be recapping all of the seasons, going with the following schedule:
September 6th: Indianapolis Indians
September 7th: Altoona Curve
September 8th: West Virginia Power
September 9th: State College Spikes
Each day will include a recap of the pitchers, hitters, the top 10 prospects at each level, and a few special features on the teams and the players at each level. We will recap the Bradenton Marauders when their playoff run is complete.
The minor league tour over the last two weeks has led to a lot of interviews and a lot of great content for the 2012 Prospect Guide. I will begin writing the book starting next week, and am very excited at how everything is shaping up this year. So far I’ve done interviews with Jameson Taillon, Josh Bell, Starling Marte, Stetson Allie, Tony Sanchez, Kyle McPherson, Nick Kingham, Pirates’ farm director Kyle Stark, and numerous other coaches and players. That will lead to some great featured articles on the above players. The 2012 Prospect Guide will be released in late January, and pre-sales will start sometime in November or December.
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.
Thanks for the great coverage all year…will you be at piratefest next season?