Five Pirates Thoughts at Five

I hope this piece finds you basking in the afterglow of a wonderful holiday with your friends and family. The Pirates were relatively quiet over the break, which for those who assumed a big Christmas Eve deal in the style of a classic news dump is a great thing.

Through The Prospect Porthole: Capitalizing On Farm System Depth

12-22-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) A little over two weeks ago, the Pirates had eleven players poached from their Farm System during the Minor League Portion of the Rule 5 Draft. Ultimately, these losses will more than likely be proven to be inconsequential, as history has shown that the odds ofContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Capitalizing On Farm System Depth”

Pirates DFA Castillo, Making Room for Austin Hedges

I don’t look at an individual DFA and then immediately rush to the 40-man and start picking players I think are worse than him who could have gone first, I look at a series of things about the construction of the 40-man that make this player in particular expendable.

Breaking Down The Pirates Roster With Jason Martinez This week Craig is joined by Jason Martinez-Mr. Roster Resource-from Fangraphs to discuss the moves that have been made this off-season and those that still could be; along with what Pirates Fans can look forward to in the 2023 Season.  Brought to you by! Craig Toth covers the Pirates for Inside The Bucs Basement, andContinue reading “Breaking Down The Pirates Roster With Jason Martinez”

Five Pirates Thoughts at Five

It’s hard to believe when you really sit back and think about it, it’s already Christmas week. It should be a relatively quiet week in baseball, but we all remember the Christmas Eve that Ben Cherington pulled off the Josh Bell move and I had to explain to my wife why I was writing during It’s a Wonderful Life.

The Pirates Rotation – Who’s in Play? What Decisions Need Made?

It might be early for this. I mean it’s the middle of December so we have no way of knowing entirely what this list will look like by Spring Training. That said, I think there is value in understanding not only the player names, but also the stage of career each is in.

Pirates Winter Meetings Recap In order to appropriately recap the Winter Meetings, Craig welcomes Alex Stumpf-Pirates Beat Writer for DK Pittsburgh Sports-down to the basement to discuss the acquisition of Vince Velasquez, the Rule 5 Draft, A Clear Position of Need that Remains and Of Course, the Bryan Reynolds Situation.  Brought to you by! Craig Toth covers theContinue reading “Pirates Winter Meetings Recap”