Through The Prospect Porthole: Preparing To Reshuffle The Pirates Minor League Players

2-8-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement On Twitter) Exactly one month from today the Minor League Baseball Season will officially open for 90 affiliated teams across the United States. For the Pirates this means the Bradenton Marauder, the Greensboro Grasshoppers and the Altoona Curve players will officially take the field for the first timeContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Preparing To Reshuffle The Pirates Minor League Players”

Local Boy Trey McGough Makes Every Inning Count In Altoona

9-30-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) The Bradenton Marauders captured the Low-A Southeast League Championship with a sweep of the Tampa Tarpons nearly a week ago. After the rain held off the long enough, the Greensboro Grasshoppers fell to the Bowling Green Hot Rods in the deciding game five of the High-AContinue reading “Local Boy Trey McGough Makes Every Inning Count In Altoona”

Pirates Top 30 Prospect Trend Report

9-21-21 – By Justin Verno – @JV_PITT on Twitter The big news of the day? While there aren’t any FV bumps for any of the Bucs prospects the Pirates system now ranks as the second best system on Fangraphs. The Rays had a few guys graduate making room for the Bucs system to jump upContinue reading “Pirates Top 30 Prospect Trend Report”

Jack Suwinski Has Unlocked Some Additional Power This Season

Whenever Pittsburgh Pirates Fans are targeting prospects from other teams, and especially when they actually trade for them, the player’s performance is often looked at through a lens that emphasizes the strengths, positive projections and of course the prospect ranking that portrays them in the most favorable light. It’s an almost exhausting never ending exerciseContinue reading “Jack Suwinski Has Unlocked Some Additional Power This Season”

Hunter Stratton Is Rule 5 Eligible…Again

9-6-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) Ever since the most recent trade deadline, and in some cases a little before that, Pirates Fans have realized the first 40-Man Roster Crunch of General Manager Ben Cherington is quickly approaching; with many decisions to be made concerning player currently on the roster, as wellContinue reading “Hunter Stratton Is Rule 5 Eligible…Again”

Catching Up (Pun Intended) On A Few Recent Acquisitions At A Pretty Important Position

Over the past few day I have spent a decent amount of time perusing the annals of Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects dating all the way back to about 1983; mostly focusing on catchers, as General Manager Ben Cherington has apparently made it a mission within his overall rebuilding of the Farm System to bring in someContinue reading “Catching Up (Pun Intended) On A Few Recent Acquisitions At A Pretty Important Position”

Cal Mitchell Could Help Lead The Next Wave Of Outfielders Into PNC

Back in early August of 2019 I had the opportunity to make the 86 mile, 1 hour and 30 minute trek down to Charlotte Sports Park-Home of the Tampa Bay Rays Class-A Affiliate at the time, the Port Charlotte Stone Crabs-to see the #1 Prospect in all of MiLB, Wander Franco, take the field. HisContinue reading “Cal Mitchell Could Help Lead The Next Wave Of Outfielders Into PNC”

Diego Castillo Has Seamlessly Transitioned Between Organizations

Almost a month ago at this point, General Manager Ben Cherington and the Pittsburgh Pirates made one of the more surprising trades surrounding the impending deadline; exchanging the services of Clay Holmes to the Yankees for a pair of intriguing prospects-the first of whom Pirates Fans have gotten a first hand look at, in theContinue reading “Diego Castillo Has Seamlessly Transitioned Between Organizations”

Development Update: Pirates Prospects Ready to Move Up

Help is coming, it just takes some time. I have no problem with people taking a stab at who will play where in whatever year you want to target, but to use a phrase from my youth, sh** happens.

Being Designated Isn’t Always A Bad Thing

As I sit here, looking forward to my next trip of the season out to PNG Field in Altoona to check out the Curve and the Pirates Top Prospects on the current roster, of which there are many, my mind drifts back to the last time I traveled out 22 and up 99 back atContinue reading “Being Designated Isn’t Always A Bad Thing”