Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Peaking My Interest

2-11-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement On Twitter) Nowadays it feels like every prospect-especially when it comes to the Pirates-needs to be labeled as something. Whether it be underrated, overrated, under the radar, relative unknown, forgotten, or any variation of these designations, they have to be seen as something; which is somewhat mind bogglingContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Peaking My Interest”

Through The Prospect Porthole: Differing Opinions Concerning Carmen Mlodzinski’s Timeline

2-3-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement On Twitter) Obviously this off-season hasn’t really been close to normal in any way, shape, or form; unless of course you take the regular posts and articles from armchair GM’s, attempting to predict potential lineups and rotations for the Pirates during the upcoming season into consideration. Because onContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Differing Opinions Concerning Carmen Mlodzinski’s Timeline”

Through The Prospect Porthole: Tsung-Che Cheng Is Looking To Climb The Ranks

1-22-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) When reading about the meeting General Manager Ben Cherington-and one of his Assistants, Steve Sanders-had with the local sports media on Wednesday concerning the start of the International Signing Period, it seems that the focal point of some columns was a singular word-diverse-uttered by Sanders asContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Tsung-Che Cheng Is Looking To Climb The Ranks”

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

1-14-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) 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 theContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: The Dueling Romeros”

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

1-7-22 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 lead theContinue 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”