Pirates Prospects Daily: The Current Strengths Of The Pirates System

The Pittsburgh Pirates have spent the last few seasons under Ben Cherington collecting as much depth in the minors as possible, hoping to build from the bottom into a contender once again.

During the 2022 season we saw a lot of the first wave of prospects start crashing into the major league level, highlighted by Oneil Cruz, among others. With quite a few graduations, the farm system maybe isn’t as strong as it was last offseason, but it is still ranked among the better in baseball.

Highlighted by two catchers — Endy Rodriguez and former first overall pick Henry Davis (pictured above by Pirates Prospects photographer David Hague) — the Pirates have numerous prospects in most top prospects lists on just about every outlet. Every organization has their strong points, and even the better ones like the Pirates have weaker parts of the system.

According to the current Top 30 prospects on MLB Pipeline, the Pirates breakdown like this;

Catchers – 2

Middle Infielders – 5

Corner Infielders – 3

Outfielders – 8

Right Handed Pitchers – 9

Left Handed Pitchers – 3

— Even though they only have two catchers in their top 30, both are among the top at the position in all of baseball. Even going beyond the top 30, this was a point of emphasis for Cherington over the last couple of years, adding Abrahan Gutierrez and Carter Bins through trades in 2021.

Even their organizational catcher depth is good, as Dylan Shockely and Wyatt Hendrie get rave reviews for their defensive work.

— The Pirates have three middle infield prospects that are Top 100 worthy, Termarr Johnson, Nick Gonzales, and Liover Peguero. Johnson and Gonzales were top 10 picks, and Peguero was part of the first big move made by Cherington.

While Johnson is further down in the minors, Peguero and Gonzales have played around the diamond to account for the current log jam they have at the position – with Cruz, Rodolfo Castro, and fellow Top 30 prospect Ji-Hwan Bae all at the major league level.

You can make a pretty good case that this is the deepest collection of young players they have in the system, as even beyond the top end prospects, players like Javier Rivas, Tsung-Che Cheng and Andres Alvarez all had strong 2022 seasons.

— Like any good organization, the Pirates have stockpiled pitching, as you can see from the nine in Pipeline’s Top 30. The next wave of prospects in 2023 should include a couple of them at the top, namely Quinn Priester and Mike Burrows. They also have it set up where they could hit in continuous waves over the next couple of seasons, to keep replenishing the pitching staff with fresh arms.

— The outfield is crowded, but doesn’t seem to have any one player that sticks out among the crowd, which is fine, as not many had Jack Suwinski ranked among one of the top prospects at the position. He still managed to launch 19 home runs with the Pirates in 2022.

— Cherington and company have continued to show the ability to recognize and address any weak parts in the system. Left-handed pitching was one of them, mainly for the lack of it. Anthony Solometo had a fantastic debut season, but there wasn’t much behind him. He’s joined now in the Top 30 by Michael Kennedy and Hunter Barco, both highly regarded prospects in the 2022 draft. Kennedy is going to be 18-years-old the entire 2023 season, so they will probably take their time with him. Barco had Tommy John Surgery last year with the Florida Gators, so we might not see him pitch until 2024.

Pittsburgh is starting to build the kind of depth where they can do a prospect-for-prospect type trade to add a little extra to a position of need. However they do it, Cherington has shown time and again his ability to find help where it is needed in the minors. 

There’s still plenty of depth there, and we should see a big group arrive in Pittsburgh this season.

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**Left-handed pitcher Daniel Zamora, drafted by the Pirates in the 40th round in 2015, is returning to the organization.

**Sammy Siani continues to play well in Australia. John Dreker has the latest Pirates winter league updates.

**Missed yesterday? Anthony looked at how the upper level pitching staff is facing another roster logjam with the upcoming additions of Jarlin Garcia and Vince Velasquez.

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Anthony began writing over 10 years ago, starting a personal blog to cover the 2011 MLB draft, where the Pirates selected first overall. After bouncing around many websites covering hockey, he refocused his attention to baseball, his first love when it comes to sports. He eventually found himself here at Pirates Prospects in late 2021, where he covers the team’s four full season minor league affiliates.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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joesolo6181

Great prospects are just that. I like to refer to them as suspects, since they still have a very large step to take to become good major league players. So the Pirates have a lot of them so lets hope they can develop them all which can result in a long competitive run of winning baseball.

tmcgowan

A lot of this depth is definition of fungible as our minor league rule 5 draft showed. I’m very excited about our minors honestly, but we need to have impact major league talent from it.

I’ve been meaning to write on this topic, so now is just as good as any. We also need to have a few areas of reflection: Where have we had successes of late, and where have we missed?

If we look at our successes, I’d argue they aren’t all necessarily because of the Pirates. Focus here on hitters so that I don’t write more words than George R.R. Martin

Select “Successes” –
Bryan Reynolds – a guy without a pure plus tools but no clear problems who was looked to be an eventual major leaguer but who had good BB K% ratios, but numbers inflated from an unsustainable BABIP in the minors. What he ended up doing, is keep producing from an uninspiring profile, and his line drive profile maintains. He has had a tick more power than expected, but he has had a season where we thought he was a super star, 2 seasons, of being good, and a season where he was not good.

Cruz – guy with all the tools in the world, but in his first exposure to A ball at age 18 with the dodgers was not having success (8 homers in half a season for guy with so much potential striking out 30% of the time in A ball and 21% below league average). Basically only the Pirates were committed to letting him stay at SS to see if it worked. AND ITS WORKED! And thus far working is hoping for a 3-4 WAR player. The Pirates deserve credit for letting this lottery ticket playout to the extent it has where no one else was going to.

Hayes – good bloodlines and thought he could be a plus defender and a plus hit tool, was a top 25 prospect thinking he may be a true 5 tool player if power came. Turns out that his is plus plus plus defender and bat is more approaching league average without league average power. If he wasn’t the best 3B defender in the league, he would be a 2nd tier starting 3b vs someone to get excited about. Not sure the Pirates deserve credit here since he still has never tapped into more of an offensive profile.

Jack Suwinski – a 40+ prospect who was all power and said to be DH prospect, bat only. He turns out to have exactly that profile in the majors with 19 homers, but his defense and speed isn’t DH but rather plus on both (but I won’t argue with you if you say neutral on either both). We hope he can cut his K’s and maybe increase his Average, but he is playing to how his batting profile looks .

Select Failures
Travis Swaggerty – potential, plus defender as a CF, needed swing change to be a plus CF unlock his plus power potential. Doesn’t seem to be in the Pirates future plans for unknown reasons

Cole Tucker – was said to be a graceful / smooth defender at SS. So someone who was supposed to be a surefire floor short stop, we ended up moving him to utility getting time in OF. He was needing a hitting change to unlock his power, and that never came.

Liover Peguero – great potential for hit tool hoping that power comes. ‘Jean Seguro starter pack with a tick better defense’.

The abject failure is an inability to move from current hit tools to develop into the full future value potential of tools for our prospects. I haven’t looked at this completely nor outside of PIT, but until I hear about actual analytics changes on the hitting side, or start seeing results, I remain skeptical

NMR

I’m continually fascinated that the same fanbase who correctly identified Huntington’s failure to position Andrew McCutchen now lauds Ben Cherington for making an equally egregious mistake with Oneil Cruz.

Goes to show the power of media narratives.

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tmcgowan

Full disclosure in fairness – Peguero may not be a failure yet, as we still have time but it isn’t ticking in the right direction for me.

NMR

You won’t often hear me coming to the defense of Pirate hitter dev, but Peguero’s scouting report always seemed like a problem to me. Glowing projections of a kid’s hit tool don’t tend to age well when the kid shows nearly zero interest in plate discipline, as Peguero was exposed to have once he faced AA competition. Plate discipline is supposedly one of those extremely sticky tools that rarely changes significantly over time, so I have less criticism for failing to pull that along then I would for something like a swing flaw.

emjayinTN

Just an add about Peguero. Did well in the DWL this Winter 293 BA, 740 OPS in 43 PA – 6K/2BB, with 2 doubles and 1 HR. Defense at SS was not worth the ink.

In his First Half/Second Half Splits at AA this year he dropped his K/BB from 5.41/1 in the first half 280 PA, to 2.61/1 in the second half 245 PA. Number of HR’s was the same – 5 in both. Played all year as a 21 year old. Are we going to keep him at SS, or possibly seeing some time with the Pirates at both SS and 2B this year.

tmcgowan

Fair- that was just a personal peev I wanted to work in as I am losing faith in the marte return and wanted to call attention to it because of pent up disappointment

The Gunner

Let’s hope the lesson has been learned and the return we receive when the inevitable Reynolds trade happens is not more of the “far away from Majors types” like we received for Marte..

tmcgowan

Let’s hope the lesson we learn also isn’t to only focus on major league pieces like what the As got for Murphy

NMR

right on buddy, great post

Scam likely

Just add Dylan Crews, to the outfield mix. Cruz and Crews give me that brothers from different mothers and father vibe.

tmcgowan

Just get him to change his spelling so we have the CRUZ Brothers

Then recreate this for all our propaganda
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NMR

I love that Eddie Vedder just looks like a dude in his mid-50s but still in 1992 Seattle.

robertkasperski

sigh…….wish I was still in 1992…..would have only one kid that was a year and a half old this time in 1992. Would still be bitching about Bonds not able to throw Sid Bream and his knee brace out at home a couple of months ago…. Had no idea that in just a few more months the Bucs would begin the return of the pre 1960 dark ages………

leefieux

My offseason wish is that both Cruz and Suwinski can cut down on their strikeouts by at least 20%. If they can, watch out Allegheny River!

Is that doable, tho?

robertkasperski

I think that it would be doable 20% less for Cruz would be 100 instead of 126 over the same number of AB. If you are thinking cutting it to 15% from 35% That is not going to happen.

leefieux

20% of 35% Pct would be a 7% drop to 28%. Where did you come up with 15%???

robertkasperski

That was my question. I first thought that you meant what you meant 20% drop in the total number which would have been for last year 126 to approx 100 strikeouts. That should be doable. Then of course I was overthinking it and thought just maybe you meant drop the rate by 20 points would be 30% -20 to 15%. Started over thinking based on some of the other responses. Should have just went with the gut left the second part out lol!

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leefieux

I over thought once I think, but I might need to think a little bit more about it, I think.

ArkyWags

Asking for a 20% reduction is insane and unrealistic. If they cut down that much and emphasized contact more, you’d see a lot less power. Power and Ks go hand in hand.
That being said, they do need to reduce their K’s some. Among the top 30 players in fWAR in 2022, only four guys are above 25%K rate: Judge, Swanson, Rodriguez, and Adames. That’s it. Players can still be productive with K’s, but that tipping point appears to be 30%. Get under that benchmark and I’d feel a lot better about their future.

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leefieux

That is only a 7% drop from 35% to 28%.

ArkyWags

Woof sorry Lee. Complete brain fart on the maths with me there. That type of reduction should be a goal for Jack and Cruz.
I will add that I think Cruz may be on a bit of a Judge path. Judge was about as productive as one could be from 17-19 sporting a 30% k rate. It dipped in 20, which was likely overlooked, and then dropped again in 21 and 22. I’m not sure if it’s experience or what it might be, but he’s making a lot more contact overall. Hoping Cruz does the same.

1979andCounting

I think you mis-read Lee’s comment. Cutting his K rate from 35% to 28% is a 20% reduction. It’s not a huge ask.

ArkyWags

Damn right I mis-read it!

AdministrativeSky236

Cutting down 20% is a huge ask, if cruz were to do that he would be an MVP this season. Even if cruz is under 30% he will be a 3-4 win player

1979andCounting

See above.

NMR

Lotta people failing algebra class this morning!

roberto

For Suwinski it sure is. He just needs a right handed partner.

leefieux

True. But, per BRef, he stiil struck out 34% vs RHPs. Lots of work to be done.

Anthony

Manaea fantasy can be officially put to bed…

ArkyWags

It never should have been a fantasy.

Cobra

Think about how sad it is to be a Pirate fan when Sean Manaea is a fantasy

PirateRican21

TNBucs

This is disappointing as we could have easily afforded that. OTOH, what better place for him to go than back to the Bay area where he’s likely comfortable and to an organization that has had more recent success getting pitchers turned around than anyone else. So we probably would have needed to go to at least 2/$30 for him to give us a look and even then who knows? I’m most surprised that he took a 2-year deal instead of a 1-year deal in hopes of signing a Walker or Taillon-type deal a year from now.

The fact that he didn’t get a much better offer and that he didn’t take a 1-year deal may be a red flag on his health.

skliesen

2/$25mm…so affordable too. 🤬🤬🤬

1979andCounting

I saw you pounding the table for Manaea here and on another site. You should know this F.O. will break your heart every time!

leefieux

Remember that for any FA to come here, we’d have to over pay. And even then it might not be enough.

PirateRican21

No friend, 1 year $3-6 million is affordable.

b mcferren

so if we need two starting pitchers, one comes from Bryan Reynolds trade and the other from the scrap heap

Who signs for $3 – $6 off the scrap heap?

Archer? Pineda? Kulhl?

joesolo6181

If they sign Archer then they can trade him for Glasnow, and Baz. Seems fair.

PirateRican21

Whoever is available comes late February.

b mcferren

sad but true reality

The Gunner

At least we got Velasquez 🙂

TNBucs

He’s a decent signing as long as he’s not the only potential starter we sign. Of course the downside of signing a true SP is it bumps Oviedo or Ortiz to the pen, but that will work itself out.

The Gunner

My expectations are low but, we’ll see how it plays out

TNBucs

I don’t have high expectations either, but for the price we signed him at there isn’t really a downside. At least he’s had success before and he’s not so old that he couldn’t have it again. But I really hope he’s not the only SP candidate we sign as at best he might help us a #4 or #5 starter.

Anthony

He actually pitched well out of the bullpen last year. Can’t imagine they transition him back to starter unless they see an adjustment equivalent of low hanging fruit.

The Gunner

With the price of pitching these days, I can only imagine we’ll sign a 2023 version of Trevor Cahill or Derek Holland

leefieux

Calling VV ‘decent’ is like calling JVM decent.

Scam likely

Has a 9 inning 3 hit shutout with 16 k’s , under his belt so their’s that. I always thought VV should of had a better career than he has had, so who knows the light might get turn on in pittsburgh.

leefieux

JVM had a couple of good games, too. Ya want HIM back? 😅

robertkasperski

Depends in what he is back for.

ravidesai1984

How about throwing batting practice.

leefieux

Coach? 🙂

robertkasperski

Sweeping floors? As long as there is an opening. Would not want him to take a job from someone 🙂
Then again, like the old saying those who can do and those who can’t teach. Could be a coach. 🙂

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leefieux

I’m hoping VV doesn’t end up blocking any one either.

TNBucs

I’m buying into his very good FB spin rate and his decent FB velocity as something our coaches can work with. But again, that’s assuming that they’re not counting on him being one of the five in the rotation but instead just an option for being one of the five. And, the low cost _should_ mean his signing doesn’t keep us from signing or trading for someone much better that comes with a higher price tag.

ArkyWags

He’s a bullpen piece. Or that’s all he should be.

Anthony

I immediately thought this has to be DeJong’s replacement, but I’m not sure why they’d need to invest over $3M for that role.

TNBucs

His upside might be a 2.5 WAR SP as he was in 2016 and 2018, but realistically he’s a bullpen piece. Same could be said for Wilson and Thompson, but maybe one of those three surprise with the other two providing depth.

ArkyWags

That last good year you cited was five years ago. I think it’s realistic to expect him to be something positive as a reliever. It isn’t as a starter. And this is why they should have been far more active for an SP: so they didn’t depend on this type of pie in the sky BS.

TNBucs

To quote myself:

“He’s a decent signing as long as he’s not the only potential starter we sign.”

leefieux

‘Spin’ it anyway you want, he has been awful in his career! 😗😗

Scam likely

2.5war 2016-2018 is not awful , that’s a 12 million dollar pitcher LoL.

leefieux

0.8 WAR a year is awful. And Pitcher’s WAR has always been questionable in nature.

ArkyWags

No it’s not awful. It’s also five years ago, and not recent at all. So it’s basically irrelevant.

skliesen

The strength of the system is depth of 40+/45/45+ prospects. The weakness is not enough 50 and above prospects. Especially considering the Pirates track record of Player Development. Someone said on a podcast the Pirates are akin to Applebees restaurant. Sounds about right.

Furthermore, BC has an affinity for hoarding prospects instead of using them as bargaining chips to shore up weaknesses on the 26-man roster. It’s as if BC cares more about having a top farm system than a playoff quality 26-man roster. Always hoping for a better tomorrow.

Wabbit_Season

skliesen!
How are ya?

“It’s as if BC cares more about having a top farm system than a playoff quality 26-man roster. Always hoping for a better tomorrow.”

I wonder how the two relate: having a top farm system AND a top MLB roster.
One would THINK they would go hand in hand and that seems to be the mystery of the discount Bucs. Tim ‘n’ the crew have been writing about this disconnect from every conceivable angle. One should lead to the other, right?

The writers here seem to have landed on player development as the issue. What are the Bucs doing wrong that other teams are doing right?

I think maybe the X factor here is belief. When players believe in what they’re doing, man, you can see an average player suddenly shine. I loved that you noted the podcaster who likened the Pirates to Applebees. That says a lot and anyone who hears it – players included – well, it sticks with you. It sticks to the organization, its players and its potential hires.

I seem to remember that Andy VanSlyke and Mike LaValliere were not thrilled to be coming to the Pirates. That Reynolds wants out.

Success is the first way to wipe the mud off our faces. But sustained success is the solution. IF they can get player development right and IF those waves upon waves of young Bucs keep washing up on the North Shore, that is the start of the solution. But you need 2 or 3 successes in each wave… further, you can’t go shooting yourself in the foot with an Archer type trade.

So those are two pretty big IFs in an organization who has not yet really got it right.

I think a Cutch is going to be a Cutch. As IF the Pirates could have altered that guy’s trajectory. Player development is getting that 45 level prospect to be consistently major league average. THAT … to me… would build consistent success. That, to me, relies on a culture of belief. A.J. Burnet told Hanley Ramirez to “Sit the fuck down.” That inspires belief. And the difference is pure magic. You need players who fucking care and are determined to beat the opponent.

To the case in point: I give you Cruz, Suwinsky and Castro. Throw in Bae, because I think he’s in for a long-term, quality MLB career. But Cruz, Suwinsky and Castro? Each has a hole in their game. Each has real upside, having flashed MLB power and credible defense. If those guys each take a single STEP in the right direction this season, you will have seen Pirates development come through by creating average MLB players each with tangible upside.

You have to do that time and time again forever to wipe the stain of Nutting off this old and honorable franchise. You can fail some of the time, but, to me, mostly, you get two or three in every wave who get to the Pirates’ beach, who wring out their wet shoes, and manage to stand on their two legs long enough in the bigs that they then begin to thrive.

Thriving begins when a player like a Cruz, Suwinsky or a Castro flashes that greatness and gets the other team to respect them, or even FEAR them. THAT, my friend, builds BELIEF. And I think that is the answer to our prayers.

“Alright, rabbit, where’s Rocky? Where’s he hidin’?”
“He’s not in this stove!”
“Oh-ho! He’s hidin’ in the stove, eh?”
“Would I turn on the gas if my pal Rocky was hidin’ in this stove?”
“You might, rabbit, you might.”
“Well would I throw a lighted match in this stove if my pal Rocky was hiding therein?”
“Alright, rabbit, you’ve convinced me.”

-Wabbit

TNBucs

I was curious as to how we compared to MLB in general. Fangraphs rates 71 players as 50s and we have 4, so slightly better than would be expected. They rate 21 players as 55s and we have 3, so quite good. The problem is we have none of the 16 players they rank as 60-65’s. If we group the 55’s and higher, having 3 of 37 is pretty impressive even if we don’t have any 60’s and higher. Such a fine line between those rankings and rankings in general…

Reynolds was a 45 in his last ranking before being promoted.

leefieux

I wonder what we can get with all of those 40-45+ prospects. Would YOU trade one really good player for a bunch of middling prospects? Ben might, but I doubt that most smart GMs would.

Wabbit_Season

What was Suwinsky’s grade?
Middling prospect, right?

I think the key is getting that 45 to the bigs and seeing if he 1) survives and 2) adapts.

You said it yourself. If Suwinsky cuts his strikeout rate down … look out Allegheny River.

I think that is taking a 45 grade player and birthing a Major League Player.

Ya call that a “Suwinsky.”

I bet you could get five 45 rated players for Reynolds. If you are looking for the right traits in the player, “thin slicing” the information so that you’re looking at the information that actually matters, I bet you get at least two or three of those five to become solid MLB guys.

“Hey, Mugsy. Take dis rabbit for a ride.”

-Wabbit

PirateRican21

Suwinski is still a 45, once he no longer needs a platoon partner then for sure he will be 50+. Now that was only his rookie season, so I want to believe that he will become an average to above average regular with one or more all stars appearances.

Wabbit_Season

P21

Thanks for the info.
Yeah, like I’m positing here. The difference between struggling and success, maybe for every player, is something small.

I like rooting for Suwinsky, Castro and Cruz. Castro especially since he hit all those home runs when he was first called up.

Cruz bc he can just amaze on any given play. Suwinsky, bc you can see the power, but you can also see the hole in his game.

-Wabbit

SouthernBuc

I agree on the need for more 50 or above prospects and maybe that is the ultimate test for how in my brain I picture this build.

I will challenge a bit coming to conclusions on the player development track record. IMO is is too early to know that answer for BC’s organization. BC made significant changes in the entire organization as documented by Tim in a post not long ago. Given he spent most of 2020 just setting up some of those changes, there have been 2 full seasons of that development. We could easily list players whose value have increased (Endy, Burrows, Suwinski, Cruz?) and decreased (Swags, Martin, Hayes?) under BC and debate whether it was the player or the process, but I do think that it is too early for conclusions on the BC development process track record.

JimEastTennessee

Yeppers, can they do better than developing AAAA-ers?

JimEastTennessee

Much as I love PiratesProspects…I am Jonesing for a team in Pittsburgh that is worthy of a late post-season run. I once thought the “dream outfield” would do it, but Marte’s PED and Polanco’s “slide” all contributed to disappoint. This Farm build feels different, but can they develop the players into better than AAAA to average?

emjayinTN

Jim: I am amazed that the people in Pittsburgh continue to put up with Nutting. How many years remain on the lease? Does anybody doubt that Nutting would sell the Pirates? Think the cities of Nashville and Charlotte would like to have an MLB Franchise? Don’t think that could never happen!

Nutting continues to build equity every year, according to Forbes, regardless of the attendance figures which ranked 27th in MLB last year with an average attendance of 15,524. In 2021 they were 25th with an average attendance of 10,611. Numbers are skewed probably by the pandemic, but they are still comparably terrible. The value of the Pittsburgh franchise keeps rising in spite of the inferior product put out by Nutting and his minions.

The MLB and MLBPA criticized the Pirates during negotiations. Then Red Sox announcer Dennis Eckersly, on air on Aug 11 described the Pirates as “You talk about a no-name lineup. There’s no team like this.” “This is a hodgepodge of nothingness”. “It’s ridiculous. It really is. Pathetic”. Yes, it is classic Eck, but, did he hit the nail on the head?

Wake up Pittsburgh.

leefieux

Like arthritis, we have no choice but to put up with Nutting. He ain’t going away and even more cowbell will cure it.

Anthony

Lease ends 2031; lease re-negiation with the SEA will be extremely contentious.

Wabbit_Season

By 2031 it won’t matter.

All the unpolluted fresh water will be gone and Nutting will be holed up in a fortress built up around the Seven Springs against the coming Mad Max years.

But it won’t save him. Contentious indeed. Master Blaster, Scabrous Scrotus and Stump Grinder will be coming for Nutting. And when they get their dystopian mitts on him, they’ll ask him one question before they throw him into the Thunder Dome:

“WHY were you so damn CHEAP???!!!”

“Having disposed of the monster, exit, our hero, through the front door, stage left.”

-Wabbit

sewer2001

What does this even mean? Put up with? Are we supposed to gun him down or something? The stadium is empty. Pittsburgh doesn’t support Nutting. Go eat your shorts.

Wabbit_Season

“Go eat your shorts.”

HA. Why would someone do that? That doesn’t make any sense, but it’s funny.

I’ve SEEN edible shorts in a store I maybe should not name beside the End Zone on Skytop Mountain just outside of Penn State…

But I really don’t know anyone who would actually EAT them.

-wabbit

Wabbit_Season

I wonder if shorts like that meet USDA requirements.

Anthony

It’s funny bc they supported him when the team was winning 🤔. Can someone say bandwagon 👇🏼?

JoeNastasi

That’s every city, with every sport.
Pens can’t sell out anymore because fan base thinks they’re to old to win the Cup.
If Steelers lose 1 more game, look for the no shows.
Hell even in Atlanta after a few post season failures the Braves didn’t sell out playoff games

roberto

Famous Atlanta bumper sticker: Go Falcons and take the Braves with you. This was from the days when both were terrible.

Anthony

Pittsburgh has a “fan” problem; extremely entitled and bandwagon. Support your teams and players and quit pretending “you” could be a better owner or GM. The economics of the NFL and NHL are completely different than the MLB, and no one seems to understand this concept. Not saying the fans are dumb, just saying their lazy.

Wake up Pittsburgh!

leefieux

I think they’re just apathetic. Which breeds laziness.

JimEastTennessee

I’m getting too old to be apathetic; but I want to see solid hardware again before I die  🙃 

leefieux

You’re NEVER too old to be apathetic.

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