First Pitch: Pirates Prospects is Looking For Writers For the 2015 Season

The 2015 season is around the corner, and Spring Training starts in less than a month. Over the next few weeks I will be adding writers to the site for the upcoming season. If you’re interested in writing for the site, and you’ve got a media background or strong writing skills, then check out the positions below, along with qualifications for each position.

Major League Coverage

We’re always looking for MLB writers to provide analysis on the Major League team, as well as regular updates on some of the bigger topics, such as trade deadline content, injury updates, and what specific players are working on. The position would also provide regular updates and analysis on injuries, rumors, lineup analysis, roster movements, and the overall big picture of the club.

If you’re interested, e-mail me with the title “MLB Analyst”, along with why you feel you would be a good fit for the site.

Minor League Coverage

Our focus in the minor leagues is on scouting and analysis, rather than what the individual teams are doing, or what happens on a day-to-day basis. The requirement for each article will be to have at least three of the following sources of information: live coverage, statistical analysis, information from opposing scouts, information from the player, and information from team officials. This will be an analyst position, with scouting involved via watching the players, and researching them through the previously mentioned sources of information.

We are looking for more coverage for the following teams:


West Virginia



Apply For a Position

To apply for any position, send an e-mail to with the following information:

-What position(s) you are applying for.

-Why would you be a good addition to the site? I get a lot of requests to write for the site, so what could you provide that would separate you from other writers?

-What is your availability for game coverage?

-What is your previous experience (include links to published content)?

For any writing position the following will be very important:

-Great work ethic and independent workers

-Strong grammar/spelling

-Good statistical knowledge, including an understanding of advanced statistics

-The ability to come up with original and interesting topics

-Leaving emotional biases out of the work

-Twitter and social networking experience

-Being a Pirates fan is not a requirement

The site is run on WordPress, so any knowledge of that is a plus.

Writing for Pirates Prospects is a great opportunity for experience and exposure. The site has seen over ten million page views in each of the last two years. Several of our former writers have gone on to get other jobs in media and broadcasting, in part due to the experience they gained while reporting for the site. You’ll get a chance to reach a large audience, while getting valuable experience, and — unlike other smaller outlets who offer unpaid writing jobs — you’ll get some extra money in the process.

Links and Notes

**The 2015 top 20 countdown continued today, and will run Monday-Friday over the next three weeks. Today’s prospect was #13 – John Holdzkom. You can get the entire top 20, plus the full top 50 and profiles on 200+ players in the system by purchasing the 2015 Prospect Guide.

**On Monday night I put up a survey about things you’d like to see on the site in 2015, which I’d still like everyone to take. I’ve read every response so far, and have a few ideas for new content going forward, including what to look for in terms of site coverage in 2015. If you haven’t taken the survey yet, and you want some input on how the site will be run, then please click the link above and submit your entry.

**MLB Discussing the Possibility of Moving the Draft to July 1st in the Future

**Winter Leagues: Mel Rojas Jr. Homers, Sebastian Valle Gets Drafted For Finals in Mexico

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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