Bad Oneil Cruz Takes & Good Draft Picks

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-s5hqb-1278dfc Oneil Cruz is adjusting to major league pitching, but there are some folks out there ready for the Pittsburgh Pirates to send him back down to AAA. We’ll compare him to a current superstar who has great things to say about the Pirates rookie and explain why he should remain in the majors. We’reContinue reading “Bad Oneil Cruz Takes & Good Draft Picks”

The 2022 MLB Draft: Craig’s List

Maybe it’s because we have moved past Ben Cherington’s initial selections. Or, it could be due to the fact that the the Pirates don’t have the number one overall pick this year. Perhaps it’s the result of already getting glimpses at so many young players this year Or, possibly some fans have checked out slightly;Continue reading “The 2022 MLB Draft: Craig’s List”

Pirates Saving Roansy & Prepping For A Draft

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-uuq3c-1270e50 The Pittsburgh Pirates sent down Roansy Contreras, but it is all part of a plan. We debate if the plan makes sense and compare it to how other teams have handled pitchers at similar points in their career. Joe Doyle of Prospects Live also breaks down the upcoming MLB Draft and who he thinksContinue reading “Pirates Saving Roansy & Prepping For A Draft”

Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers

7-12-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Now obviously some aspects of the game have changed since The Splendid Splinter took the field; like the imposing evolution of the three true outcomes-strikeouts, walks and homers. Ultimately this has caused batting average to fall to the wayside to a certain degree, in favor ofContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”

Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers: Life’s Curveballs

7/6or7/22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Last season Matthew Fraizer burst onto the Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Scene by slashing .306/.388/.552 with 23 homers between High-A Greensboro and Double-A Altoona; ultimately being named the Honus Wagner Player-of-the-Year in the Pirates Farm System and the High-A East League’s Most Valuable Player, as well asContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers: Life’s Curveballs”

Setting A Pirates Lineup

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-t7622-126837f As the last of the fireworks are used up, the Pirates find themselves with a clear starting nine. Can the team take feelings out and play that starting lineup based solely on results? We have the perfect #2 and #3 hitters to build around, and putting those hitters in the right spots should maximiseContinue reading “Setting A Pirates Lineup”

Not All Pirates Problems Are Bad

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-xxxei-125fafa Matt Capps joins us to express concerns about David Bednar’s use, and he has the life-experience to speak on it. He also talks about what he sees lately from Mitch Keller. Is this the breakthrough? Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also joins us to figure out what happens to young call-ups on theContinue reading “Not All Pirates Problems Are Bad”

Watch The Pirates, Kid

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-cng4h-1256bc6 Oneil Cruz is finally here and he can throw baseballs faster than the average ballplayer and leap buildings in a single bound. While all of that hype is fun, Pittsburgh Pirates fans should expect ups-and-downs with the young SS, but also enjoy a lineup that we only imagined a year ago. Craig also insistsContinue reading “Watch The Pirates, Kid”

Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers

6-21-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement On Twitter) For a short time-a little while back-daily calendars were all the rage. You know, the ones that had an inspirational quote, a piece of trivia or a fun fact about your favorite team, show or hobby. Walking around the office one could find at least aContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”

Pirates A Little Light On Pitchers

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-2ht93-124e876 A load of recent Pittsburgh Pirates transactions exposed a 40-man roster crunch when it comes to pitching. But what may be a problem in the short term had good long-term intentions behind it. Fans may soon see guys going longer with less stuff on the mound. Plus, Bryan Reynolds is good again and itContinue reading “Pirates A Little Light On Pitchers”