Free $5,000 Contest, Gerrit Cole Analysis, and a Free P2 Subscription

As you may know, we run a promotion with DraftKings where you can get a free one year subscription to Pirates Prospects just by signing up for a new account and making a $5 minimum deposit. Today, DraftKings is offering a special contest to Pirates Prospects readers. All new and beginner users at DraftKings can enter a free $5,000 MLB contest, based on tonight’s games. The contest pays out the top 2,000 finishers.

Not to make a homer selection here, but one guy I love for tonight’s contest is Gerrit Cole. He has been great this year so far, and that success has extended back to the end of last season. Since September 7th, he has a 2.65 ERA and a 2.28 xFIP in 57.2 innings, with a 10.6 K/9 and a 1.6 BB/9. He seems to have carried that over to this year with a 2.19 ERA, 2.50 xFIP, 9.9 K/9 and a 2.6 BB/9. Cole is a little pricey at $8,800 out of your $50,000 budget, but he’s pitching like an ace lately, and is a value compared to the two other aces on the board — Zack Greinke and Felix Hernandez — who are both over $10,000.

Click here to join the contest tonight for free, and get a chance to win some money by playing a one day fantasy baseball contest. Don’t forget that if you sign up for a new DraftKings account, and deposit at least $5 with your initial deposit, you’ll get a free one year subscription to Pirates Prospects (normal price: $29.99). Once you sign up and make your deposit with DraftKings, send an e-mail to Javier Vargas ( and let him know you are participating in the Pirates Prospects subscription promotion.

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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