Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Bradenton Marauders

3-7-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) At this point in the off-season, plotting out the Minor League assignments across the Pirates Farm System is a little bit of a guessing game; but, a very fun one if you are into prospects. In fact I enjoy it so much that I had BenContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Bradenton Marauders”

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”

Through The Prospect Porthole: Dariel Lopez Injects Youth Into The Pirates Farm System

12-11-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) When Minor League Baseball finally returned following the cancellation of the 2020 season, the landscape was extremely different from the last time each affiliate took the field. Most noticeably was the fact that some of these teams ceased to exist in their previous forms as theContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Dariel Lopez Injects Youth Into The Pirates Farm System”

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”