Episode one of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. This week’s episode includes analysis from Tom Bragg and James Santelli on the Pirates, John Eshleman on Altoona, Tom Bragg on West Virginia, John Dreker on the draft, an interview with pitching prospect Robby Rowland, and more. Highlights of the show include:
**Minor League Recaps with a look at Gerrit Cole, Stolmy Pimentel, Casey Sadler, the weak Altoona offense, Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, Zack Dodson, Joely Rodriguez, and Barrett Barnes.
**John Dreker joins the show to discuss some of the draft prospects who could be in the Pirates’ range with their two first round picks.
With James and Tom:
**The eventual return of guys like Francisco Liriano and Charlie Morton, and what it means for the rotation.
**The hot start by the Pirates in April, which came against a strong schedule.
**The lack of sex…err, success against the Dodgers.
**The surprising performances on offense by guys not named Andrew McCutchen or Pedro Alvarez.
**Weird podcasting: Mascot races, whether they’re fixed, and wishing harm on Bernie the Brewer.
**This week’s player interview is with Robby Rowland. Robby and I discuss his transition to a sinkerball pitcher, how he used Charlie Morton as a model for his pitching, and we play “Top Five”, with Robby revealing that he hates vegetables and almost threw up once when he tried eating a salad.
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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.