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 Herman Is Benefiting From A Hard Reset

9-9-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) As soon as the Minor League Baseball season was officially canceled on Tuesday June 30th, 2020, fans, as well as scouts and amateur/professional experts, knew there was going to be an effect on development; especially on the individual level. Not every player would have the opportunityContinue reading “Jack Herman Is Benefiting From A Hard Reset”

How Nick Garcia’s Draft Day Hype Is Playing Out

A little over a year ago the Pittsburgh Pirates selected a pitcher in the 3rd round of the MLB Amateur Draft, 79th Overall, that some experts called the steal of the draft, while others referred to him as a first round talent; and who was compared to a Hall Famer by Pirates General Manager BenContinue reading “How Nick Garcia’s Draft Day Hype Is Playing Out”

Jackson Glenn Is Looking Like A Steal

Each year in the MLB Draft there are what seems like an infinite number of under-slot value signing by players that could have potentially gone undrafted, but are often leveraged into accepting extremely low bonuses due to this assertion as well as their status in the draft class-most frequently college seniors. This practice has becomeContinue reading “Jackson Glenn Is Looking Like A Steal”

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”

Logan Hofmann Is Prime For A Promotion

8-19-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) It has been over a year since Logan Hofmann was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 5th Round (138th Overall) and almost 10 months since I first heard from him and ultimately wrote about his journey; from the small town of Muenster, Saskatchewan (population 430)Continue reading “Logan Hofmann Is Prime For A Promotion”

Victim Of Circumstance-Jared Jones

The 2021 MLB Amateur Draft, and subsequent signing period, was an absolute whirlwind for General Manager Ben Cherington and Co., the Pittsburgh Pirates and in turn the fans of this historic franchise. After drafting five players that were listed among the top 100 of the class (Henry, Davis, Anthony Solometo, Lonnie White, Jr., Bubba ChandlerContinue reading “Victim Of Circumstance-Jared Jones”

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.

Benefitting From Playing Multiple Positions, And Sometimes Multiple Sports

Since he arrived on the scene in November of 2019, Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Ben Cherington has emphasized, and at times, given preference to positional versatility when constructing rosters from PNC to Pirate City. Along with this flexibility, he has also targeted players with pure athleticism in the field and on the base paths, whichContinue reading “Benefitting From Playing Multiple Positions, And Sometimes Multiple Sports”