Five Pirates Thoughts at Five
Inside The Bucs Basement
by Gary Morgan
5d ago
1-23-23 – By Gary Morgan – @garymo2007 on Twitter There isn’t much the Pirates could do on paper that would merit the response they received for signing Andrew McCutchen, but when you focus on the field, or what this team could actually get done this year, it’s arguably not even in the top 5. That’s fandom in a nutshell sometimes. What excites us isn’t always what’s most important. Thing is, when you haven’t had many reasons to smile in recent years, you could argue that in and of itself made this a priority. Lots to think about this week, lets go… 1. If This Team Wins… Most of the additions t ..read more
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Through The Prospect Porthole: Pirates Prospect Rankings
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by Craig W. Toth
6d ago
1-22-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) The last season Bryan Reynolds was a prospect, he didn’t make his way inside the Top 100; and, he barely fit inside the Pirates Top 10. Four years later we are battling with the idea of having our best player asking for a trade. That same year Travis Swaggerty was at #3, Cole Tucker was projected at #5 and Kevin Newman sat right behind at #6. If you turn back the clock to 2018, and you would find Miguel Andujar comfortably within the Top 100. Now he’s been designated for assignment. In 2015 Robert Stephenson was at 26, Austin Edges was 51 ..read more
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Pirates DFA Miguel Andujar to Make Room for Andrew McCutchen
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by Gary Morgan
1w ago
1-21-23 – By Gary Morgan – @garymo2007 on Twitter On Friday the Pirates hosted one of the most joyous press conferences they’ve had in years. Sure you could jump back to the Ke’Bryan Hayes extension, everyone was certainly happy, but nothing quite like Andrew McCutchen coming home. Make no mistake, that’s exactly what this was, a homecoming. Andrew himself, that’s a great story, one that’s been told and told well by the player himself and all the reporters who were there for the press conference. Minutes before the press availability, the Pirates announced that Miguel Andujar would be the corr ..read more
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What Are the Biggest Questions for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2023?
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by essportsproductions
1w ago
1-20-23 – By Ethan Smith – @mvp_EtHaN on Twitter Yes, it’s only January, but pitchers and catchers report in less than a month’s time, so Pittsburgh Pirates baseball is just around the corner, which means it’s not to early to pose some important questions the Pirates will need to answer in this calendar year. This off-season may not be the off-season that propels the Pirates into a contending team, but it has been eventful and much more than we’ve seen in some time from a Pittsburgh front office and management group. It started with Ji-Man Choi and for now has concluded with the return of Andr ..read more
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Through The Prospect Porthole: Axiel Plaz
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by Craig W. Toth
1w ago
1-19-23 By Craig W. Toth (aka @BucsBasement on Twitter) Last week I did my best to breakdown exactly how hard it is for Major League Ball Clubs to find successful players and stars in the First Round of the MLB Draft; where they are choosing from an array of mostly 18 year-old high school players to 22 year college graduates. Now imagine you are scouting 16 and 17 year-old kids, or even younger; just waiting until a certain date until you can sign them. Picture how difficult that has to be. It feels like trying to find a needle in a haystack; although, it’s possible that the level of difficult ..read more
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Top Pirates Camp Battles to Watch in 2023
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by Gary Morgan
1w ago
1-19-23 – By Gary Morgan – @garymo2007 on Twitter I’m going to start this piece by saying simply, there are far fewer than I anticipated. I planned on focusing on all the potential rookies and 2nd year players who’d be fighting it out over breaking camp and heading North. That doesn’t mean Spring is unimportant or the Roster is completely set, but listen, if Malcom Nunez for instance hits 8 homeruns in camp, he’ll earn being the leader in the clubhouse for First Base or DH call up. So, it matters, but some places on the field, guys simply aren’t battling for making the roster now, they’ve sign ..read more
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Welcome Back, Cutch!
Inside The Bucs Basement
by Craig W. Toth
1w ago
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-fr7ft-136739b Andrew McCutchen is back and the fan in Craig is super-pumped. Unfortunately he has some concerns. Are they valid? We look at what the veteran will bring to the 2023 Pirates. The Pirates also did well spending their international money. We break it all down in “30 Minutes of Pirates Talk!” Brought to you by ShopYinzz.com! Craig Toth covers the Pirates for Inside The Bucs Basement, and joins his buddy Chris at a 9-foot homemade oak bar to talk Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball. Listen. Subscribe. Share. We are “For Fans, By Fans & All ..read more
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Top 5 Pirates Prospects: Arms, Arms, Arms
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by Craig W. Toth
1w ago
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; with the keyword being most. Unfortunately, this is a point that must be emphasized amongst those of us that talk and write about prospects. Otherwise, the rebuttal of no team can be built entirely on prospects, will immediately be echoed by detractors; who are ultimately screaming int ..read more
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5 Pirates Thoughts at 5
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by Gary Morgan
1w ago
1-16-23 – By Gary Morgan – @garymo2007 on Twitter Even as I look out the window in my Pittsburgh home at the frost covered ground, it’s hard to not have my sights set on Spring Training. Baseball is as associated with the seasons changing as the weather itself and when you finally get to the point where the team itself looks ready to change…well, it adds another layer of anticipation. Let’s dig in on this MLK Day, and I hope you take some time to listen to Dr. King himself today. Not other people telling you what he would think of something today, but his actual words, and his actual actions ..read more
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The Pirates Roster is Different, Can We Expect Results to be As Well?
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by Gary Morgan
1w ago
1-15-22 – By Gary Morgan – @garymo2007 on Twitter For the 3rd consecutive offseason, making the case that the Pirates roster is different won’t be an issue. The changes are clear, the side by side, stark. As I began with, changes aren’t new, we’ve seen that prior to 2021, 2022 and even 2020 albeit to a lesser degree. So as we sit here about a month away from the first act of 2023 to get underway with pitchers and catchers reporting, lets talk about what this season could bring. I’m not going to make a prediction here, I’m simply going to lay out things to look for, and expect to see, which sho ..read more
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