Through The Prospect Porthole: Boys Of Fall

11/18/22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Anytime there is ball being played beyond the regular season fans often put extra emphasis on it; especially when there are All-Star and Championship Games incorporated into the schedule. For fans of a team like the Pittsburgh Pirates-who haven’t seen postseason action in their city sinceContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Boys Of Fall”

Figuring Out The Pirates 40-Man: Who’s Safe And Who Might Not Be

Do you hear that sound? It’s the keyboards pounding, teeth gnashing, alerts sounding, pages refreshing as Pittsburgh Pirates Fans furious debate the official opening of the team’s off-season.

Pirates Must Create More Competition

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-gz3mv-1301d49 With realistic openings for MLB-level catchers, firstbasemen, outfielders and starting pitchers, the Pittsburgh Pirates should start looking for more than just “measuring stick” players this offseason. True competition won’t block young prospects in the team’s future plans. When the prospect can take a job, you know they’re truly ready for The Show.  Brought toContinue reading “Pirates Must Create More Competition”

2022 Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers

10-19-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) I get why many people-especially those within the Pittsburgh Pirates Fanbase-are not fond of hearing and/or reading about prospects. I truly do. One too many times they have been burned by the call to wait for this guy or that guy, only to have them underperformContinue reading “2022 Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”

Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers

10/4/22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) I already knew compiling this week’s list was going to be possibly the biggest challenge of the season; with only 3 games on the docket, and a couple of recent promotions limiting the player pool even more. When he wasn’t injured from the end of JulyContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”

Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers

9/28/22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) With only one Minor League Ball Club left in action…GIANT PAUSE for all original jokes about the Pirates being a Minor League Team….I was prepared for the difficult task of compiling this week’s list from a shallow pool of players. Thankfully, the recent promoted players fromContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”

Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers

9-21-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Even though it sometimes seems as if the season just started, soon every Minor League Ballpark across America will once again become silent for the Fall and Winter months; as they already have in Bradenton, Greensboro and Altoona. For Bradenton the end of the season wasContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”

Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers

9-13-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) By my count 12 Pirates Prospects have made their Major League Debuts during the current season; with a total of 28 doing so since Ben Cherington and Company took over in November of 2019. Yet somehow, there are still Pirates Fans that don’t seem to beContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”

Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers

9-8-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) I am so excited that we’ve finally gotten to the nobody is talking about so-and-so portion of the Minor League Baseball Season; along with the daily requests to call-up a player who is injured lightning bonus round. First up in the former category-that I have seenContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”

Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers

8-31-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Monday night I coached my oldest son’s first Little League game of the Fall; and let me tell you, there’s nothing like it. Kids showing up in their crisp clean new uniforms, warming up with their friend(s) in the outfield and taking grounders beside the thirdContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”