Hi, I'm Jessica Quiroli, the newest member of the Minor League Ball Staff. Here's what you need to know about me!
I've been a minor league baseball writer for eight years, covering the minors for several newspapers and websites.
In addition to my work here, I'll be covering high school baseball for MaxPreps in the North Carolina area.
I've provided minor league coverage for Gotham Baseball Magazine, Pirates Prospects, Project Prospect, The Worcester Telegram, The Binghamton Bulletin, The Trentonian, and Baseball Digest, where I had my own column covering MiLB. I've also been a regular contributor to Junior Baseball Magazine since 2005, interviewing and profiling Major League players and writing feature stories. I've also covered high school sports for several newspapers and websites in the New Jersey and New York area, including Milesplit.com.
In 2011 and 2013 I covered Spring Training for MLB.com, Junior Baseball Magazine, and Pirates Prospects. I continued as a contributing freelance writer for MLB.com, covering the Eastern League.
I exclusively covered the New York Penn League for Gotham Baseball in 2012 and covered NYPL and the Eastern League in 2012 and 2013 for FanGraphs. I filed weekly reports evaluating Penn League and Eastern League prospects for FanGraphs.
In 2008, three years after starting my writing career, I created 'High Heels On The Field' as an outlet to write about my thoughts on baseball, in a fun, but professionally-minded way. The title was meant to be fun, tongue-in-cheek, as well as a tribute to all the women that came before me, and a statement: we're here, deal with it. Plus, I just liked the sound of it and I do love heels.
I used it to profile minor league and independent players, as well as to express things I couldn't say in a story for a newspaper or other website.
Two and a half years later, I switched over to exclusive minor league content. Because I'd covered MiLB most of my career, it was my passion, and what I knew the most about. it seemed a natural progression.
I joined Twitter to share my professional work, as well as HHOTF, using the shortened HeelsOnTheField as my handle. You can find me on Instagram under that same handle. Two years ago, espnW named me one of the top women in sports to follow on Twitter. In 2013, I was asked to speak at the Winter Meetings about my career as a minor league writer, the unique challenge of that, and building a personal brand.
I continue to use Twitter to talk about the minor leagues and prospects everyday, and the blog remains a place for me to cover the minors, tell players stories, and express thoughts I can't anywhere else. In that way, it remains true to it's origin.
I was born and raised in Delaware County (not actual Delaware), just outside of Philadelphia. I grew up a Phillies fan.
As for non-baseball related stuff: I love country music (Faith Hill, George Strait, Eric Church, Patsy Cline, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert are favorites), Madonna, Norah Jones, Kings of Leon, good old Southern rock like Lynyrd Skynyrd, and I'm obsessed with 80's music.
My favorite baseball movie is Bull Durham. My favorite non-baseball movies are The Godfather, The Other Guys, Terms of Endearment, and Dirty Dancing (you love it too and you know it).