Through The Prospect Porthole: Kyle Nicolas

2/9/23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Instant gratification. Not to get too deep into a discussion concerning differences in generational status, and/or current the state of society, instant gratification often supersedes the want, need or ability to be patient. Knee-jerk reactions. This is often tied into the resulting emotions, which are directlyContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Kyle Nicolas”

Pirates Positional Improvement

There’s been a lot of talk about the Pirates off-season and whether or not they’ve sufficiently improved a team which has lost 100+ games the previous two seasons. The team had some clear holes to fill and places where they could improve so I did a position-by-position breakdown of 2022 against the expected opening day roster for 2023, as well as discussing some depth pieces for the roster spots

Waiting For Pirates Spring Training Craig and Chris can’t wait for Pirates Spring Training to officially start. Until then, they are talking Ji-Man Choi, Players In the Best Shape Of Their Lives and Other News Fillers That Always Come Around This Time Of Year.  Brought to you by! Craig Toth covers the Pirates for Inside The Bucs Basement, and joinsContinue reading “Waiting For Pirates Spring Training”

Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Next Men Up

2-7-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) In 2021 the Pittsburgh Pirates deployed 64 players to be able to make it through the season. Then just last year the number grew to 68. When you consider the size of an active roster-with the taxi squad at times-it is still pretty astonishing that theContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Next Men Up”

Pirates Top 5 Things I Want to See in 2023

Listen, maybe it’s not plausible to expect a baseball team to improve by 20 games. I mean that’s what hoping for a .500 season is after all, and while I really like the additions, and am truly excited about what a full season of some of these guys can look like, but that’s a big jump.

With Pirates Prospects on the Doorstep, Agile Decisions are Key

For the first time in quite a while, the MLB squad looks professional and instead of cringing while projecting an opening day lineup, we’ll instead find ourselves cringing about who we have to bat 7th.

Through The Prospect Porthole: Bubba Chandler

2-2-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) At this point I am sure everyone already knows the story about how the Pirates pried Bubba Chandler away from his commit to Clemson; where he was set to compete to be the starting quarterback, as a Four Star Recruit. And, all it took was aContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Bubba Chandler”

Pirates Questions – Answered

I get questions all the time. Sometimes I answer them directly on social media, sometimes I make them topics on my show, others still make it into some of my FAQ pieces.

Today, I wanted to get some fresh ones and asked the Twitterverse to pitch in. Here’s what they came up with, and what I have to say about them.

Pirates Offseason Extravaganza In this week’s SUPERSIZED episode Craig is joined by Rob Biertempfel-Pirates Beat Reporter for the Athletic-to talk about a myriad of topics to get fans ready for the start of Spring Training; including Reynolds, Derek Shelton’s Future with the team, Rodolfo Castro’s Role and Much More!  Brought to you by! Craig Toth covers theContinue reading “Pirates Offseason Extravaganza”