Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Power Bats

I absolutely love it when people act like a prospect came out of nowhere. Sure, he might not have had the attention and/or the same prospect ranking as others, but it’s not like he was invisible either. Can we really pretend like a player that was drafted in the 2nd round out of a BigContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Power Bats”

Through The Prospect Porthole: Pirates Prospect Rankings

1-22-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) The last season Bryan Reynolds was a prospect, he didn’t make his way inside the Top 100; and, he barely fit inside the Pirates Top 10. Four years later we are battling with the idea of having our best player asking for a trade. That sameContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Pirates Prospect Rankings”

Through The Prospect Porthole: Axiel Plaz

1-19-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Last week I did my best to breakdown exactly how hard it is for Major League Ball Clubs to find successful players and stars in the First Round of the MLB Draft; where they are choosing from an array of mostly 18 year-old high school playersContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Axiel Plaz”

Welcome Back, Cutch! Andrew McCutchen is back and the fan in Craig is super-pumped. Unfortunately he has some concerns. Are they valid? We look at what the veteran will bring to the 2023 Pirates. The Pirates also did well spending their international money. We break it all down in “30 Minutes of Pirates Talk!” Brought to youContinue reading “Welcome Back, Cutch!”

Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Arms, Arms, Arms

1-17-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) The two most expensive commodities to acquire on the open market are power and pitching. Seeing as the Pirates will never find themselves in the bidding war for an Aaron Judge or a Jacob DeGrom type, they will need to develop most of this talent internally;Continue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Arms, Arms, Arms”

Through The Prospect Porthole: First Round Picks

1/12/23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) 66%. As in the percentage of players-on average-drafted in the first round that will reach the majors. 10%. That’s the percentage of these players that will find success in the majors; defined as averaging between 1.5 and 2.5 WAR per season; or more accurately, achieving theContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: First Round Picks”

The Pirates Versus The Court Of Public Opinion Craig and Chris said they weren’t going to talk about Bryan Reynolds anymore; but, when “new” information comes out, it is hard not to.  Brought to you by! Craig Toth covers the Pirates for Inside The Bucs Basement, and joins his buddy Chris at a 9-foot homemade oak bar to talk Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball. Listen.Continue reading “The Pirates Versus The Court Of Public Opinion”

Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Peaking My Interest

1/10/23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Anytime I choose to write about, or have a podcast focusing on prospects, there is a contingent within the Pirates Fanbase that will always get themselves into a tizzy; incorrectly implying that I am guaranteeing success from each and every player I mention. As a self-appointedContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Peaking My Interest”

A Pirates Staff Anchored By Dick Mountain Rich Hill can add the Pirates to his long list of MLB teams. The pirates can add something reliable to the rotation. Is there still room for developing pitchers? You betcha! Brought to you by! Craig Toth covers the Pirates for Inside The Bucs Basement, and joins his buddy Chris at a 9-foot homemade oakContinue reading “A Pirates Staff Anchored By Dick Mountain”

For Pirates Fans, It’s Not The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

12-29-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) After beginning the off-season by seemingly checking off the first base box with the acquisitions Ji-Man Choi and Carlos Santana, it appeared as if the Pirates had at the very least given their fans an optimistic outlook. Then, over the past couple of week we’ve seenContinue reading “For Pirates Fans, It’s Not The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”