2022 Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers

10-19-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) I get why many people-especially those within the Pittsburgh Pirates Fanbase-are not fond of hearing and/or reading about prospects. I truly do. One too many times they have been burned by the call to wait for this guy or that guy, only to have them underperformContinue reading “2022 Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”

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 Prospect Performers

6-21-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement On Twitter) For a short time-a little while back-daily calendars were all the rage. You know, the ones that had an inspirational quote, a piece of trivia or a fun fact about your favorite team, show or hobby. Walking around the office one could find at least aContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”

Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers

6-14-2022 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) With the Major League Club in the midst of a seven-game skid, the spotlight-which began to shine brightly the moment Ben Cherington traded Starling Marte for prospects Liover Peguero and Brennan Malone-is now being used as a search light by fans; to find the player(s) inContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”

Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers

5-31-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Last week I mentioned how I almost always have my options narrowed down to a standard eight or nine Pirates Prospects that I watched have a higher level of success over the previous series of games; including a few I hope will make their way ontoContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”

Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers

5-24-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Back when I made my first list-and for the few posts that followed-everything was truly a snapshot, or the often used small sample size of how a player was performing. No one had more than 30 at bats, starters maybe went three or four innings andContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”

Kevin Newman: From Top Prospect to Prospect Seat Warmer

He’s a first round pick, a terrific defender and notoriously the negative launch angle leader on this club for 3 seasons running. He’s a cautionary tale of believing all the can’t miss you see in a system too.

Through The Prospect Porthole: Potentially Held Up In Altoona

12-23-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Recently, the chatter on Pittsburgh Pirates Social Media has been filled with discussions concerning the development of the team’s players; especially when it comes to prospects in the Minor Leagues. Obviously one main reason for this trend is that with the MLB Lockout in place allContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Potentially Held Up In Altoona”

Cole Tucker Needs to Grab 2021 by the Throat and Not Let Go

The Pirates first round selection (24) in the 2014 MLB draft class has a litany of attractive and impressive attributes, but on this team, he’ll quickly find himself out of chances unless he can prove he and his thus far anemic bat belong.

International Intrigue for the Pittsburgh Pirates

If it feels like every season the league is captivated by another young International signing, it’s probably because it’s true. Ronald Acuna, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Fernando Tatis Jr., Eloy Jimenez, the league is filled with talent from outside our borders and those that play the game the right way can accelerate team building in huge leaps rather than the baby steps of yesteryear.