The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 21st round pick Jordan Steranka out of Penn State. The team agreed to a deal with the third baseman over the summer and prior to the signing deadline, but he failed his physical multiple times due to mono. Because he was a college senior, Steranka was eligible to sign with the Pirates up until a week before the 2013 draft. He’s missed almost the entire season, but should join the club for the Fall Instructional Leagues, and could return to State College next year to give the Spikes a hometown player.
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.