Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Arms, Arms, Arms

1-17-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) The two most expensive commodities to acquire on the open market are power and pitching. Seeing as the Pirates will never find themselves in the bidding war for an Aaron Judge or a Jacob DeGrom type, they will need to develop most of this talent internally;Continue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Arms, Arms, Arms”

Through The Prospect Porthole: Boys Of Fall

11/18/22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Anytime there is ball being played beyond the regular season fans often put extra emphasis on it; especially when there are All-Star and Championship Games incorporated into the schedule. For fans of a team like the Pittsburgh Pirates-who haven’t seen postseason action in their city sinceContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Boys Of Fall”

2022 Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers

10-19-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) I get why many people-especially those within the Pittsburgh Pirates Fanbase-are not fond of hearing and/or reading about prospects. I truly do. One too many times they have been burned by the call to wait for this guy or that guy, only to have them underperformContinue reading “2022 Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”

Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers

9/28/22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) With only one Minor League Ball Club left in action…GIANT PAUSE for all original jokes about the Pirates being a Minor League Team….I was prepared for the difficult task of compiling this week’s list from a shallow pool of players. Thankfully, the recent promoted players fromContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”

Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers

9-13-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) By my count 12 Pirates Prospects have made their Major League Debuts during the current season; with a total of 28 doing so since Ben Cherington and Company took over in November of 2019. Yet somehow, there are still Pirates Fans that don’t seem to beContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”

Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers

9-8-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) I am so excited that we’ve finally gotten to the nobody is talking about so-and-so portion of the Minor League Baseball Season; along with the daily requests to call-up a player who is injured lightning bonus round. First up in the former category-that I have seenContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”

Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers: We’re All Told

7-19-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) A quote that I know I have mentioned on more than one occasion-in the blog and on the podcast-comes from one of my favorite baseball movies. The reason I love this quote so much is because it can be applied to the sport, as well asContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers: We’re All Told”

Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Dropping The Hammer

2-18-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) With the amount of curling that has been ingested in my home over the past week or so, accompanied by my family’s regular viewings of Marvel movies featuring Thor wielding his trusty Mjölnir, it’s no wonder I have hammers on the brain. Eventually, as the circuitsContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Dropping The Hammer”

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”

Confession Time – I’m Sincerely Excited for Quinn Priester

I try to temper my enthusiasm for prospects, it’s just good practice both for writing about the team and for that matter being a fan. First of all, rarely do prospects reach MLB and become transformative players, well, at least in Pittsburgh anyway.