Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performer: First “Full” Week

4-11-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) After a quick weekend series for the Indianapolis Indians, all of the Pirates Affiliates eventually joined in on the fun; with Altoona starting their season on Thursday, which was soon followed by Greensboro and Bradenton on Friday. For fans of the Minor Leagues like myself, itContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performer: First “Full” Week”

Through The Prospect Porthole: Travis Swaggerty’s Last Stand

3-16-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Following the 2020 Pandemic Cancelled Minor League Season, the former 1st Round Draft Pick from was given an extremely aggressive assignment by skipping Greensboro and Altoona altogether; landing in Indianapolis to begin 2021. Clearly he he impressed Ben Cherington and Company at the Alternate Site duringContinue reading “Through The Prospect Porthole: Travis Swaggerty’s Last Stand”

Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Good With The Glove

1-31-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) When you are a rebuilding team, that currently lacks consistent power, and is filled with a decent amount of young or inexperienced pitchers, one major aspect of the game of baseball that can help your team immensely is being able to excel at the fundamentals; especiallyContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Good With The Glove”

Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers

6-21-22 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement On Twitter) For a short time-a little while back-daily calendars were all the rage. You know, the ones that had an inspirational quote, a piece of trivia or a fun fact about your favorite team, show or hobby. Walking around the office one could find at least aContinue reading “Top 5 Pirates Prospect Performers”

What Used to Be Easy, Now Requires Thought

Now things like effort mean almost as much as numbers. This is simply going to be fun, already is. Enjoy it, because from here on out, this whole thing changes. Let’s talk about building a team, instead of pretending this franchise is ever going to buy one.

Travis Swaggerty is Worthy of Excitement

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in the rebuilding stages and with those stages comes new waves of young players to be excited for as fans of the team, but every prospect comes with caution even if many in the system right now come with more excitement than caution. 

Travis Swaggerty Moved to 60-Day IL – Likely Out for Season

This is nobody’s fault, injury is part of the game. Nobody knew 2020 was coming, He’s not a bust, not yet, not because of this. I have questions about his potential, but none that prevent me from thinking right or wrong he will get a shot at it.

Pirates Fans Are Anxious About Travis Swaggerty’s Timeline

As the Pittsburgh Pirates Affiliates began to roll out their rosters at the beginning of the month, just ahead of the May The Fourth Be With You Opening Day, I had some questions about Ben Cherington’s choices concerning roster assignments; most notably the decision to start Travis Swaggerty off in AAA. At that point IContinue reading “Pirates Fans Are Anxious About Travis Swaggerty’s Timeline”

Swaggerty to the Rescue! Yeah, Let’s Slow Down a Bit

Travis Swaggerty was drafted in 2018 in the first round by the Pittsburgh Pirates and of course that comes with expectation. Some of that expectation is related to his first round selection, some of it is based on who made the selection and his, um, track record of success.

Open Auditions Being Held: The Future Centerfielder of the Pittsburgh Pirates

For quite a few years, 13 to 14 by my estimation, there has always been a clear heir apparent who would tasked with the duty of patrolling centerfield at aaa for the Pittsburgh Pirates. As Chris Duffy, and at times Rajai Davis, were taking turns trying to hold down the middle of the outfield inContinue reading “Open Auditions Being Held: The Future Centerfielder of the Pittsburgh Pirates”