When we switched over to the new subscription software, one of the things I was most excited about was the chance to combine subscriptions with our books.
In the past, those two things were on two different shops on the site. You could purchase a subscription on one shop, then go to the other page and purchase books. We tried giving discounts to subscribers, but that required us to manually take your email address and add it to a discount code on the other shop. If you subscribed, it could take at least a day to get your discount in the system.
Everything is under one system now, which makes it easier to give discounts to subscribers. More importantly, it allows us to give you free downloads easier.
Today, your subscriptions gain more value with the addition of all of our older Prospect Guides for free, included with your subscription.
We’ve been publishing the Prospect Guide since before the 2011 season, and currently have nine books published. You now have access to the first eight for free, and a 20% discount on this year’s book. All are available in eBook form, so you get them right away. Here’s how to download them:
- While logged into your account, go to the products page of the site. You’ll see “Member Discount” under each of the books, and a $0.00 price. Add all of the books to your cart, then head to the checkout to complete the transaction. Since it’s free, you don’t have to enter any data, and can just hit checkout.
- To access the books, go to your My Account page then click on “Downloads” in the menu on the left. You’ll see all of the books you’ve purchased, along with a download link for each. If you lose the file at any time, you can return to this page and download it again.
- That last part is going to make things very easy for the updates to future eBooks. Our future books will have the initial top 50 prospects released in December, followed by updates to that list based on trades, and finally the full book released just prior to the start of the minor league season. You’ll be able to download any update from your account page.
The books will be free for subscribers after the next year’s book is released. The 2019 Prospect Guide, for example, will be free when the full version of the 2020 book is released next April. You’d be able to purchase the book at a discount exclusive to subscribers only until that point.
If you’re not a subscriber, you can purchase any of the previous books for just $2.99. But I’d recommend just signing up for a subscription, which allows you to get all of our content on the site, plus the books for free.
We’ll have more updates to announce in the coming weeks, with new features being added to the site.
If you’re still having issues with your subscription or account, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the common issues we’ve had:
**If no subscription shows up in your account, it usually means your subscription expired. Feel free to email for confirmation of that, or if you believe this is a mistake.
**In almost all of the cases where the above has been a mistake, it’s due to people having two accounts on the site, and trying to access the account without the subscription. I’ll be able to fix that for you and merge the site accounts, but your quickest way to see if that’s the case is to check other email addresses to see if you have another account on the site.
**If you can’t access the site on an Apple device, make sure you’ve got cookies enabled. We’re working on a solution for this where you don’t have to do anything, but it’s difficult because Apple sucks. You should get a Samsung Galaxy anyway. It’s like having an iPhone three years in advance. And you can use headphones.
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.