I had a really good interview with David Todd today on ESPN 970. We discussed a lot of minor league topics, and a few topics from big league camp. A lot of the topics serve as a recap of the top stories this week and some of the top stories from previous weeks, so I figured I’d share the audio tonight and highlight the key discussions.
**We talked about where guys were going to start the season, including the aggressive promotions of Cole Tucker, Austin Meadows, and Reese McGuire, all of which I have reported in the last week. This also went into the fact that the Pirates have been playing a lot of different guys at third base, including guys like Connor Joe and Jordan Luplow, who were drafted as outfielders.
**David asked me about the first base prospects in the upper levels, with Stetson Allie and Josh Bell. I pointed out how Stetson Allie is unlikely to carry his current stats over to the majors, since most three-outcomes guys in Double-A don’t become three-outcome guys in the majors. Allie needs to cut down on his strikeouts in order to have a shot at the majors. Bell currently projects as the first baseman of the future. I reviewed how his defense looks so far, and the changes he has made over the off-season to add muscle and avoid a falloff in his power later in the season.
**Brandon Cumpton had surgery this week, and we discussed how this impacts the pitching depth and the Indianapolis rotation. Currently I project that rotation to include Clayton Richard, Casey Sadler, Nick Kingham, Adrian Sampson (who I forgot to mention on the show), and one of the non-roster invitee guys until Jameson Taillon returns. David brought up a scenario where Stolmy Pimentel clears waivers, and in that scenario, I think he gets the final spot.
**David asked if anyone has caught my eye and if anyone looks different this year. We discussed the change in Jameson Taillon’s mechanics briefly, referencing my article earlier this week. I also talked about how Cole Tucker’s hitting has been impressive so far.
**Finally, we talked about Arquimedes Caminero, how he looks, and whether he can make the majors. I think he’s got a good shot if he throws strikes.
Here is the full audio.
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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.