Through The Prospect Porthole: Axiel Plaz

1-19-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Last week I did my best to breakdown exactly how hard it is for Major League Ball Clubs to find successful players and stars in the First Round of the MLB Draft; where they are choosing from an array of mostly 18 year-old high school playersContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Axiel Plaz”

Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Arms, Arms, Arms

1-17-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) The two most expensive commodities to acquire on the open market are power and pitching. Seeing as the Pirates will never find themselves in the bidding war for an Aaron Judge or a Jacob DeGrom type, they will need to develop most of this talent internally;Continue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Arms, Arms, Arms”

5 Pirates Thoughts at 5

Even as I look out the window in my Pittsburgh home at the frost covered ground, it’s hard to not have my sights set on Spring Training. Baseball is as associated with the seasons changing as the weather itself and when you finally get to the point where the team itself looks ready to change…well, it adds another layer of anticipation.

The Pirates Roster is Different, Can We Expect Results to be As Well?

Changes aren’t new, we’ve seen that prior to 2021, 2022 and even 2020 albeit to a lesser degree. So as we sit here about a month away from the first act of 2023 to get underway with pitchers and catchers reporting, lets talk about what this season could bring.

Cutch is Back! Pirates in Agreement on 1 Year Deal

You’ve all heard, Cutch is Back, here’s what it means to me, and the team. I’ll look at what it does to the roster, opportunity, and everything else. Had a blast writing this one.

What Does This Pirates Bullpen Look Like?

There is no escaping how pathetic the Pirates bullpen was by the end of 2022. Even though the pen carried the team early on, a combination of asking the pen to do too much of the innings lift, and a lack of players with options caused a revolving door of waiver wire pickups, DFAs and players forced into roles they had no business occupying.

Placing a Bat, Oneil Cruz Will Define His Own Path in 2023

With great talent there often also comes wild swings in possible outcomes. Oneil Cruz is indeed a great talent, you can debate what he’ll do with it, where he’ll deploy it, if he’ll ever reach the heights of what his capabilities seem to be, but you really can’t debate that the talent is there.

Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Peaking My Interest

1/10/23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Anytime I choose to write about, or have a podcast focusing on prospects, there is a contingent within the Pirates Fanbase that will always get themselves into a tizzy; incorrectly implying that I am guaranteeing success from each and every player I mention. As a self-appointedContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Peaking My Interest”