Enmanuel Mejia May Have Signed Late, But He Is Quickly Catching Up To Speed

When evaluating baseball players using statistics there are usually two main trains of thought; the old school driven evaluators, where win-loss records, ERA, Batting Average, RBI and Home Runs rule the day, and new age analysts that dive into FIP, Spin Rates, OPS+, wRC+, Launch Angles and Exit Velocities dominate the conversation. I, myself, fallContinue reading “Enmanuel Mejia May Have Signed Late, But He Is Quickly Catching Up To Speed”

Michael Burrows Is Often Left Out Of The Rotation Of Future Conversations

On July 7th of this year, right-handed pitcher and Pirates Prospect, Michael Burrows took the mound for the Greensboro Grasshoppers at First National Bank Field as they faced off against the Asheville Tourists on a fairly hot and steamy Wednesday afternoon. In 5.1 innings of work and on 86 pitches, Burrows would strike out 10Continue reading “Michael Burrows Is Often Left Out Of The Rotation Of Future Conversations”

Jack Suwinski Has Unlocked Some Additional Power This Season

Whenever Pittsburgh Pirates Fans are targeting prospects from other teams, and especially when they actually trade for them, the player’s performance is often looked at through a lens that emphasizes the strengths, positive projections and of course the prospect ranking that portrays them in the most favorable light. It’s an almost exhausting never ending exerciseContinue reading “Jack Suwinski Has Unlocked Some Additional Power This Season”

Jack Herman Is Benefiting From A Hard Reset

9-9-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) As soon as the Minor League Baseball season was officially canceled on Tuesday June 30th, 2020, fans, as well as scouts and amateur/professional experts, knew there was going to be an effect on development; especially on the individual level. Not every player would have the opportunityContinue reading “Jack Herman Is Benefiting From A Hard Reset”

How Nick Garcia’s Draft Day Hype Is Playing Out

A little over a year ago the Pittsburgh Pirates selected a pitcher in the 3rd round of the MLB Amateur Draft, 79th Overall, that some experts called the steal of the draft, while others referred to him as a first round talent; and who was compared to a Hall Famer by Pirates General Manager BenContinue reading “How Nick Garcia’s Draft Day Hype Is Playing Out”

Hunter Stratton Is Rule 5 Eligible…Again

9-6-21 By Craig W. Toth (aka @bucsbasement on Twitter) Ever since the most recent trade deadline, and in some cases a little before that, Pirates Fans have realized the first 40-Man Roster Crunch of General Manager Ben Cherington is quickly approaching; with many decisions to be made concerning player currently on the roster, as wellContinue reading “Hunter Stratton Is Rule 5 Eligible…Again”

Jackson Glenn Is Looking Like A Steal

Each year in the MLB Draft there are what seems like an infinite number of under-slot value signing by players that could have potentially gone undrafted, but are often leveraged into accepting extremely low bonuses due to this assertion as well as their status in the draft class-most frequently college seniors. This practice has becomeContinue reading “Jackson Glenn Is Looking Like A Steal”

Catching Up (Pun Intended) On A Few Recent Acquisitions At A Pretty Important Position

Over the past few day I have spent a decent amount of time perusing the annals of Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects dating all the way back to about 1983; mostly focusing on catchers, as General Manager Ben Cherington has apparently made it a mission within his overall rebuilding of the Farm System to bring in someContinue reading “Catching Up (Pun Intended) On A Few Recent Acquisitions At A Pretty Important Position”

Cal Mitchell Could Help Lead The Next Wave Of Outfielders Into PNC

Back in early August of 2019 I had the opportunity to make the 86 mile, 1 hour and 30 minute trek down to Charlotte Sports Park-Home of the Tampa Bay Rays Class-A Affiliate at the time, the Port Charlotte Stone Crabs-to see the #1 Prospect in all of MiLB, Wander Franco, take the field. HisContinue reading “Cal Mitchell Could Help Lead The Next Wave Of Outfielders Into PNC”