Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Altoona Curve

2-21-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) One of my favorite things to do every summer is load up the family in the mini-van and head across 22-West; on our way to see the Curve take on any number of teams in the Eastern League, inside the Roundhouse. As the mountains appear inContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Altoona Curve”

Five Pirates Thoughts at Five – Last Full Week of Spring Training

It’s the last full week of Spring Training, and some of the roster is really starting to take shape. Today, I’m going to run through some of the biggest questions remaining, where we are, and where I see it going.

Minor League News and Brews: Altoona Curve Preview Craig is joined by Altoona Curve Play-By-Play Man, Jon Mozes (@spelledwithaZ) to break down the possible roster for the Pirates Double-A Affiliate, as well as to talk about some players he is excited to watch. Craig Toth covers the Pirates for Inside The Bucs Basement, and is a huge Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Fan; especially whenContinue reading “Minor League News and Brews: Altoona Curve Preview”

Pirates Options in the Outfield

This is a big group of players, and it isn’t even including Endy Rodriguez – who could potentially be used in outfield – or names like Chris Owings and Drew Maggi, who are more likely to play infield but certainly have the capability to man outfield spots. 

Through The Prospect Porthole: Travis Swaggerty’s Last Stand

3-16-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Following the 2020 Pandemic Cancelled Minor League Season, the former 1st Round Draft Pick from was given an extremely aggressive assignment by skipping Greensboro and Altoona altogether; landing in Indianapolis to begin 2021. Clearly he he impressed Ben Cherington and Company at the Alternate Site duringContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Travis Swaggerty’s Last Stand”

What’s the Plan for Endy Rodriguez?

I got a great question on this subject from my buddy Jim Maruca on Facebook and it got me thinking about how many angles there are to this subject that I’d probably be better off making the answer a standalone piece as opposed to a portion of next week’s Q&A.

Pirates Roster Decisions And How To Build Craig and Chris talk about how to examine Spring Training Statistics-when it comes to deciding who should make the roster-and the idea of trading to complete a re-BUILD.  Brought to you by! Craig Toth covers the Pirates for Inside The Bucs Basement, and joins his buddy Chris at a 9-foot homemade oak bar to talkContinue reading “Pirates Roster Decisions And How To Build”

Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Greensboro Grasshoppers

3-14-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) If I thought charting out the Bradenton Marauders lineup was hard, I definitely wasn’t prepared to take the trip north to Greensboro. Naturally there are going to be some logical promotions for players who performed well with the Marauders last year, in addition to those thatContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Greensboro Grasshoppers”