When evaluating baseball players using statistics there are usually two main trains of thought; the old school driven evaluators, where win-loss records, ERA, Batting Average, RBI and Home Runs rule the day, and new age analysts that dive into FIP, Spin Rates, OPS+, wRC+, Launch Angles and Exit Velocities dominate the conversation. I, myself, fallContinue reading “Enmanuel Mejia May Have Signed Late, But He Is Quickly Catching Up To Speed”
On July 7th of this year, right-handed pitcher and Pirates Prospect, Michael Burrows took the mound for the Greensboro Grasshoppers at First National Bank Field as they faced off against the Asheville Tourists on a fairly hot and steamy Wednesday afternoon. In 5.1 innings of work and on 86 pitches, Burrows would strike out 10Continue reading “Michael Burrows Is Often Left Out Of The Rotation Of Future Conversations”
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”
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”
8-25-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter Almost two weeks after he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Houston University for the full slot value-$870,700-associated with him being the 72nd Overall Pick (Competitive Balance Round B), Jared Triolo dug into the box on a sweltering Sunday afternoon at Monongalia County Ballpark inContinue reading “Punished Because Of Position-Jared Triolo”
Baker Bowl (aka National League Park, Philadelphia Park or Philadelphia Base Ball Grounds/Park) was home to the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League from April 30, 1887 until it closed its gates on June 30, 1938. Unofficially though, many used the term “Bandbox”-a compact cardboard box designed to hold a hat-to describe the stadium, whereContinue reading “Matthew Fraizer Continues To Mash In Altoona”
8-11-2021 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) For the past month or so, and possibly longer, Pirates Fans have been clamoring for a number of players in Pittsburgh’s Farm System to be promoted up the ladder to the next level; bringing them noticeably closer at times to the day when they could findContinue reading “Facing The Challenges Of Promotion Head-On – Blake Sabol”
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.
When the Pittsburgh Pirates and General Manager made the decision to trade starting pitcher Joe Mugrove, I must admit that I was a little conflicted; and I still might be. Last year before Major League Baseball, and the world for that matter, were shutdown, Gary and myself were sitting at 412 Brewery, enjoying some deliciousContinue reading “The Lone Lefty – Omar Cruz”
A rebuilding club always has one thing going for them. They can always point out toward the affiliate locations and say hey guys, look over there, not here.