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”

Oneil Cruz is Still a Prospect

Open your mind, and lets move forward together as fans of this club and allow ourselves to follow a prospect without worrying about who was right or who was wrong. What was moral and what wasn’t. Let’s just watch this supremely talented kid come up here and play baseball.

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”

Pirates Middle Infield Battle Is Heating Up

4-1-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Back when Ben Cherington signed on to be GM of the Pittsburgh Pirates-and subsequently hired Derek Shelton to be the team’s manager-during the 2019-20 off-season, two of the positions that didn’t really need to be addressed, or questioned were those on either side of the keystoneContinue reading “Pirates Middle Infield Battle Is Heating Up”

The Pirates Best Players Should Play….Right?

This is the easiest question in sports, well it sure as hell should be anyway, yet every year here we all are, arguing and passionately fighting for one side or another with every prospect who looks close.

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.

Oneil Cruz Finally Debuted For The Pirates On Saturday Night

10-4-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) Clearly, in the eyes of many Pirates Fans, the most exciting aspect of the Pittsburgh Pirates final series of the season was the debut of their tallest position player in team history, 6’7” shortstop Oneil Cruz. Once the news of his promotion dropped on Friday night,Continue reading “Oneil Cruz Finally Debuted For The Pirates On Saturday Night”

The Push is Officially Close Enough to Feel for Pirates Players

When a baseball franchise finally gets to the point where real talent, the threatening kind, is right there on the doorstep, and the club they play for has just about zero financial commitment for the foreseeable future, well, it hits different.

The Quandary Surrounding Kevin Newman; And The Shortstop Position In General

As I have written, and spoke about multiple times before on Gary Morgan’s Fan Forum-DK Pittsburgh Sports, as well as my own Bucs In The Basement Podcast, I wasn’t completely fooled by Kevin Newman’s Spring Training explosion because of the sheer numbers. Obviously, posting a slash line of .606/.641/.788 with six doubles and zero strikeoutsContinue reading “The Quandary Surrounding Kevin Newman; And The Shortstop Position In General”