Through The Prospect Porthole: Bubba Chandler

2-2-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) At this point I am sure everyone already knows the story about how the Pirates pried Bubba Chandler away from his commit to Clemson; where he was set to compete to be the starting quarterback, as a Four Star Recruit. And, all it took was aContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Bubba Chandler”

Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers: Life’s Curveballs

7/6or7/22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Last season Matthew Fraizer burst onto the Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Scene by slashing .306/.388/.552 with 23 homers between High-A Greensboro and Double-A Altoona; ultimately being named the Honus Wagner Player-of-the-Year in the Pirates Farm System and the High-A East League’s Most Valuable Player, as well asContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers: Life’s Curveballs”

Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Peaking My Interest

2-11-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement On Twitter) Nowadays it feels like every prospect-especially when it comes to the Pirates-needs to be labeled as something. Whether it be underrated, overrated, under the radar, relative unknown, forgotten, or any variation of these designations, they have to be seen as something; which is somewhat mind bogglingContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Peaking My Interest”

Top 5 Pirates Prospects: The Sky Is The Limit

12-18-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) One knock on Neil Huntington during his tenure as General Manager in Pittsburgh-with many others that could surely be listed by the Pirates faithful-was his propensity to make deals for Major League ready talent. Of course you could always thrown in the occasional Oneil Cruz acquisitionContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: The Sky Is The Limit”

After “Playing It Safe” With 1:1, Cherington Goes All In At The Start Of Day Two

As soon as MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that Pittsburgh had selected Henry Davis-Catcher from Louisville-as the First Overall Pick in the 2021 MLB Amateur Draft, every Pirates Fan-even those who had only loosely followed discussions leading up to Sunday-knew exactly what General Manager Ben Cherington’s strategy was going to be for at least theContinue reading “After “Playing It Safe” With 1:1, Cherington Goes All In At The Start Of Day Two”