Discussing Spring Training Battles With David Todd

I was on with David Todd yesterday on ESPN 970, discussing a lot of Spring Training topics. We briefly discussed why an Andrew McCutchen extension doesn’t need to be discussed now. I talked about why this is one of the slowest camps in Spring Training, but went into some of the pitching spots that will be up for grabs, and some of the pitchers who could be fighting for those final spots. You can listen to the segment below.

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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I agree that we don’t need any McCutchen extension talk right now, the only thing that is boring is hearing the media harping on how he should get paid more now than he is, they don’t seem to realize that some of that lower money he got was arb years and if something happens to him, like a bad injury that causes him to come back poorly, the Pirates would get the bad end of the deal, this current deal is not over with yet.


This isn’t meant to be a complaint, just feedback. I almost always am visiting this site from work, and can only read articles, because I can’t have volume and i work with a headset, so i start reading an article, find out it is a video, and it is just a disappointment. Even on my laptop at home, my volume is so bad that I wouldn’t be able to hear it anyway. Feedback would just be to share a little more of the meat of the conversation so readers can get some value out of it if they aren’t able to view the video for whatever reason, rather than just a lead in to the video.


For different reasons I agree. I would much rather read than watch videos. This site has in my opinion become to video reliant.


The articles with video appear to be abbreviated and there is a need to watch the video to get all the information.

Perhaps it just seems like there is more video content then there actually is. In any event I have always preferred to read any kind of news. Maybe I am in the minority and/or just showing my age.

I do want to thank you for providing thought provoking content. I enjoy most of what I read here whether or not I agree with any particular article.


Tim, we love your site, even when we don’t agree with your opinions it is always worth reading and getting that point of view. The video features always seem to be relevant and things I want to read, then i find out its a video and i’m like……oh well, and move on. If you seperated the articles from the videos under recent content, that would really be helpful!


Thank you for the thoughtful reply.

“The top three articles last week were video features.” This could be do to subject rather than the type of media used. While I do take back my comment about the site becoming too video reliant after your explanation, I still prefer written content and would hate to lose that in the future.


Then it must be I am truly showing my age. Keep up the good work. I have been reading this site for years and it is amazing how much you have grown Pirates Prospects over time. Thank you!

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