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P3 Episode 3: What To Do With Alvarez, Gomez, and Mercer; Casey Sadler Interview

Pirates Prospects PodcastEpisode three of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. This week’s episode includes analysis from Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports) and James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) on the Pirates, John Eshleman (@John_Eshleman) on Altoona, Tom Bragg on West Virginia, John Dreker (@JohnDreker) on the draft, an interview with Altoona pitching prospect Casey Sadler (@sadler_squared), and more. Highlights of the show include:

**Minor League Recaps with a look at Tony Sanchez, Alex Dickerson, Jameson Taillon, Casey Sadler, Gregory Polanco, Nick Kingham, Josh Bell, Clay Holmes, and more.

**John Dreker joins the show to discuss the 2013 draft, including details on Trey Ball, Reese McGuire, Jon Denney, Brandon Shipley, and Austin Meadows.

With James and Tom:

**When will Pedro Alvarez start hitting?

**Should the Pirates consider a platoon with any of their guys who are struggling against lefties?

**James McDonald’s injury, and whether Jeanmar Gomez should be in the rotation.

**What to do with Jordy Mercer when Neil Walker returns?

Player Interview

**This week’s player interview is with Casey Sadler. Casey and I discuss his recent start where he threw 88 pitches in 8 innings, his season so far, his move to being a starter in the last year, and his top five restaurants.

Click here to download the show (right-click and “Save Link As”) or stream it below.

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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.

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