Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Speeding Up Or Slowing Down The Process

Each time I have thought about writing this blog post, Matthew McConaughey’s character from Dazed and Confused has popped into my head; voicing one of his more familiar catchphrases, “It’d be a lot cooler if you did”. But instead of you, he responds with they; referring to the possibility of a certain number of PiratesContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Speeding Up Or Slowing Down The Process”

Through The Prospect Porthole: JC Flowers’ Journey From Centerfielder To Starter

12-28-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) In Ben Cherington’s first draft as General Manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he followed his first round choice of Nick Gonzalez by selecting five right handed pitcher in a row. Among them were a two-way high school player, a former middle infielder turned reliever and aContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: JC Flowers’ Journey From Centerfielder To Starter”

Through The Prospect Porthole: Potentially Held Up In Altoona

12-23-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Recently, the chatter on Pittsburgh Pirates Social Media has been filled with discussions concerning the development of the team’s players; especially when it comes to prospects in the Minor Leagues. Obviously one main reason for this trend is that with the MLB Lockout in place allContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Potentially Held Up In Altoona”

Top 5 Pirates Prospects: The Sky Is The Limit

12-18-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) One knock on Neil Huntington during his tenure as General Manager in Pittsburgh-with many others that could surely be listed by the Pirates faithful-was his propensity to make deals for Major League ready talent. Of course you could always thrown in the occasional Oneil Cruz acquisitionContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: The Sky Is The Limit”

Odd Happenings for a Rebuild in This Stage

The team on the field is obviously priority number one, but where we are in this rebuild, this team needs to improve some of this stuff and tighten up too. I’m sorry, Dereck Shelton is a nice guy and his t-shirt thing is cute, but at some point someone has to do more. It’s not Travis Williams or Ben Cherington’s fault this team has a damaged reputation, but it is their job to fix it. Maybe that’s an impossible effort with their owner, I mean they could hand out $100 bills in Market Square and have people ask how much it was in total and list off the players they could afford to bring in with the cash.