This was a fun week to write.
I went to St. Pete last weekend to cover the Pirates against the Rays. I hadn’t covered the MLB team this extensively since early 2019. At that point, I was in the early process of planning a site like what this one has become — with a lot of life speedbumps to follow.
I’ll be honest, most of my focus this year has been on the minor league side, and getting this site’s routine established. I had zero article ideas planned when I decided to cover the series.
I came up with a few questions related to mindset, following up on some of what the Pirates are doing on the minor league side.
As the weekend went on, I kept adding more and more interviews, and quickly got back into the flow of things. By the time I was writing, I had a feeling that my writing/reporting was back to pre-2018 levels — before I crashed and burned out in spectacular fashion.
I’m happy with how this week’s article drop turned out. I apologize for the delay from Tuesday. The coverage over the weekend threw off my typical writing schedule and routine. I decided it was better to delay the articles and maintain the routines for the purposes of quality.
In total, there are ten new articles today, all on the big league club, all written by me, all from my coverage last weekend.
My hope is that you enjoy them, and hopefully consider three of them hits.
In keeping with this week’s loose theme, I’m shifting my mind into rest and recovery mode for a few days, so I can get ready for the next drop.
Check First Pitch on Monday for a follow-up to this week’s drop.
Pirates Prospects Spotlight
Today: Kyle Nicolas Gets His First Start in Nearly a Month
Yesterday: Greensboro Wins in Extras; Matt Gorski Leaves Injured
Daily Video Rundown
Today: Deivis Nadal Double, Jase Bowen Catch, Blake Sabol Home Run
Yesterday: Grant Koch and Jared Triolo Homer, Deivis Nadal RBI
Today: Home for the Holiday Weekend
Yesterday: Keller Looks to Salvage Series
Pirates Prospects Daily Articles
THIS WEEK ON PIRATES
Williams: The Major League Baseball Mindset
How Mitch Keller’s New Sinker Complements His Other Pitches
JT Brubaker Discusses the Short Memory Needed in the Majors
Pirates Roundtable: When Did Realize You Would Reach the Majors?
Zach Thompson Made an Important Change to His Mindset in 2021
Jack Suwinski Put in Work to Gain an Edge
Bligh Madris Discusses Core Value of Perseverance and His Power Increase
Diego Castillo is Hitting a Lot of Homers and Very Little Else
Cam Vieaux Finding Success With His Slider in the Bullpen
Yerry De Los Santos Impressive So Far in His MLB Debut
Song of the Day
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.
watched Keller yesterday on MLB network. He struggled mightily. He seems to lack command, maybe even control. When he throws strikes they tend to be over the middle of the plate and they tend to be hit hard. Why is he not pitching to corners and up and down in the zone? His chase pitches are so far off the plate that the batter will never swing at them As much as I rooted for him, unless he shows better command he will never be more than a number 5 starter at best.
He had been pitching better of late, but yesterday was definitely a big step backwards. His command was just plain awful.
Hopefully he will be better going forward, but I think he will always be a guy who throws a clunker from time to time.