First Pitch: Thoughts on Taillon’s Rehab, Kingham’s Arrival, Kang’s Role

Today was a long day. Due to issues uploading to YouTube, and the need for a follow-up interview, my entire morning was unproductive. It was also the first full-squad workout day, which meant the Pirates got off the field later than they have been in the last week. They also revealed their new clubhouse at McKechnie Field later in the day, giving me enough time to write an article, conduct a few interviews, and drive over to McKechnie from Pirate City. That was followed by getting home at 6:30, working on the clubhouse video and tomorrow’s articles until 8:00, and then eating my first meal since the oatmeal I had at 6:00 AM.

As a result, I’m taking a night off from First Pitch, since I’ve got about three topic ideas, but don’t have it in me to make any of them into an article you’d want to read. I’m not going to leave you with nothing, though. Part of my busy day included an interview on Stan Savran’s show on ESPN 970. The podcast of that interview is below. We discussed Jameson Taillon’s rehab, when Nick Kingham could arrive in the majors, whether the Pirates have doubts about Josh Harrison at third base, and their plans for Jung-ho Kang.

I’ve got some good articles in line for tomorrow morning. As for today’s articles, the links are below the videos.

**We’re down to less than 200 hard copy books of the 2015 Prospect Guide from the most recent shipment. We’ve already sold more than last year’s total, and I don’t anticipate ordering another shipment this year. That means once the current batch is gone, the hard copy version will be sold out. You can order your copy of the book on the products page of the site.

**Every day I upload content on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and the video features on YouTube. Be sure that you’re subscribed to all of those sites to follow everything we upload throughout Spring Training (there is different content for each social media site).

**The Keys To Sean Rodriguez Being A Productive Hitter. Today’s video interview, which includes input from Clint Hurdle and Jeff Branson about what they intend to do to try to get Rodriguez hitting with the Pirates.

**Spring Training Notes: Taillon Rehab Status, Live BPs, Kang Gets A Hit. A quick summary of the day with a few short Instagram videos, and an encouraging update on Jameson Taillon.

**Take A Quick Tour Through The Pirates’ New Spring Training Clubhouse. Pictures and a video tour of the new clubhouse at McKechnie Field, which looks amazing.

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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Lee Foo Young

Three words. Bring. Power. Bars.


Bars being the key word (I don’t drink likker mahself, jus sayin’)

William Wallace

Just curious in regard to Pedro. Is Kevin Young working with him or is KY working with all the first basemen? In the past Pedro was always receptive when coaches worked with him and I do not know if KY is working with him the majority of the time?


An excellent interview with Stan Savran, who is obviously a big fan of P2. This would be a good time to thank you for the dedication and effort – it shows in the overall quality of P2. You and the Staff, especially John Dreker, make P2 one of the best and most informative reads on the market today.

I agree with pb about the beer, but if Jose’s is still open, Ropo Vieja or the Taste of Cuba would be a nice “pick-me-up” with possibly a few beers!


See what happens when you change your diet tim, go get a burger and a beer before you sleep through


That sucks, I guess the good news is spring is here and the cold and flu season is about over. (On a side note DRINK MORE ORANGE JUICE, we do live in florida after all,shesh! Lol)


Or grapefruit. That is one of the best things about being in FL. Every neighborhood has a grapefruit tree it seems. Although I tend to like to mix mine with vodka which counteracts the health value.


Man I don’t miss teaching. Underpaid, overworked, extremely hard to get a job in many parts of the country, no support.

My girlfriend and I (Both former teachers) were sick almost every other week it seemed for 2-3 years. The only good thing is I haven’t been to sick in recent years. My immune system must have become extremely strong.

Good luck to you girlfriend. Preschool is vital for many children.


Those brutal Florida winters will get ya every time. 😉


I vote this up while I was just sick for 3 weeks in FL too. I lived here for 15 months before I suffered from anything but there is something nasty about this year’s viruses. It went through pretty much everyone I know.

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