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”

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”

Hunter Stratton Is Rule 5 Eligible…Again

9-6-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) Ever since the most recent trade deadline, and in some cases a little before that, Pirates Fans have realized the first 40-Man Roster Crunch of General Manager Ben Cherington is quickly approaching; with many decisions to be made concerning player currently on the roster, as wellContinue reading “Hunter Stratton Is Rule 5 Eligible…Again”

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.

Biding His Time In AAA

Since the beginning of the 2021 season, the words Rule 5 Draft, have become as commonplace as Spend Nutting, Win Nutting amongst Pirates Fans. Obviously, I am kidding to a certain extent, but they have been used often enough that I believe many are beginning to understand the intricacies as to why a player couldContinue reading “Biding His Time In AAA”

Pirates Fans Are Anxious About Travis Swaggerty’s Timeline

As the Pittsburgh Pirates Affiliates began to roll out their rosters at the beginning of the month, just ahead of the May The Fourth Be With You Opening Day, I had some questions about Ben Cherington’s choices concerning roster assignments; most notably the decision to start Travis Swaggerty off in AAA. At that point IContinue reading “Pirates Fans Are Anxious About Travis Swaggerty’s Timeline”

Hitting Pause On The Indianapolis Indians

Back on February, in preparation for the ever approaching Spring Training report dates and ultimately the hopeful beginning of the 2021 Major League Baseball season, the MLBPA and the powers that be from MLB came to an agreement on the health and safety protocols for 2021. After having brought their negotiations in front of fansContinue reading “Hitting Pause On The Indianapolis Indians”