Five Pirates Thoughts at Five

We’re down to a little over 2 weeks until pitchers and catchers report to camp and the next season officially starts. All the talk, all the player moves, all the panic about potential player moves, everything will transition to on the field questions.

A Better Team, but They Still Have Work to Do

All the signs that this team is ready to show some improvement, and win games with much more regularity are there. The players feel it, the coaches feel it, even many fans feel it, but at some point while watching it play out, I can’t help but feel that GPS is going to remind us there’s still some travel to do.

Through The Prospect Porthole: Pirates Rule 5 Logjam Could Continue

1-26-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Earlier in the week when I wrote about the Power Bats in the Pirates Farm System, the topic of Rule 5 Eligibility was briefly mentioned at the end of the post; which really got me thinking about next crop of prospects that will join the ranksContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Pirates Rule 5 Logjam Could Continue”

Are The Pirates Setting A Higher Bar?

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-yvkvm-13718f0 Look at this Pittsburgh Pirates roster and notice a group of veterans standing in the way of hopeful prospects. That isn’t a bad thing. Let’s talk about how competition is the next phase in creating a winning organization in “30 Minutes of Pirates Talk!” Brought to you by ShopYinzz.com! Craig Toth covers the Pirates for InsideContinue reading “Are The Pirates Setting A Higher Bar?”

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”

Five Pirates Thoughts at Five

There isn’t much the Pirates could do on paper that would merit the response they received for signing Andrew McCutchen, but when you focus on the field, or what this team could actually get done this year, it’s arguably not even in the top 5.

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”