The Pirates And Cherington Continue To Be Aggressive In The International Market

1-16-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Projected landing spots for International Signees is essentially one of the worst kept secrets in all of Major League Baseball; outside of the fact that owners want to pay players less money, control them for a longer period of time and increase profits, while players wantContinue reading “The Pirates And Cherington Continue To Be Aggressive In The International Market”

Through The Prospect Porthole: The Dueling Romeros

As the MLB Lockout has continued to trudge on-through December and well into January-I have noticed a trend of discussions and articles moving towards the farm systems across the league, and especially when it concerns a rebuilding organization such as the Pittsburgh Pirates; much to the dismay of certain factions within the Pirates Fanbase, whoContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: The Dueling Romeros”

Through The Prospect Porthole: Andres Alvarez Is The Forgotten Infielder In Greensboro

1- -22 By Craig W. Toth (@BucsBasement on Twitter) Prior to the start of the 2021 Minor League Baseball Season much of the focus concerning Pirates Prospects in the Farm System was pointed squarely at Greensboro’s roster; and with good reason. Quinn Priester, Carmen Mlodzinski, Michael Burrows, Omar Cruz, Braxton Ashcraft and Tahnaj Thomas leadContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Andres Alvarez Is The Forgotten Infielder In Greensboro”

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”

Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Needing to Make The Leap In 2022

12-9-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Obviously when Pittsburgh Pirates Fans-but in all likelihood, more specifically the ones that pay attention to and/or care about the Minor Leagues-think about the players that need to make the leap/take a step forward, their focus probably falls directly on prospects like Miguel Yajure, Roansy Contreras,Continue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Needing to Make The Leap In 2022”

Ben Cherington Is Gambling With Pirates Young Pitchers

I’m really not much of a gambler. The last time I placed a bet on a game was 21 years ago in college, I don’t play the lottery, the only scratchers I get are from my family for Christmas and I’ve never walked into a casino with more than 50 bucks in my pocket; whileContinue reading “Ben Cherington Is Gambling With Pirates Young Pitchers”

The Pirates Minor Leaguers Hold A Key To The Future

10-28-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) For almost as long as I can remember, my eyes have always wandered to the Pirates Minor League System, and everything that it entails; even when the team was competitive in 2013-15. From player performance and projections to coaching techniques and evaluation. All while soaking inContinue reading “The Pirates Minor Leaguers Hold A Key To The Future”