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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham and Jason Creasy Continue the Trend of Strong Pitching


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Stolmy Pimentel #13). If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #2, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot. Removing these guys doesn’t mean they have lost prospect status. It is just an attempt to get 20 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the 2014 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Gregory Polanco, CF, Indianapolis – DNP

2. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

3. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/22 Update)

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 1-for-4

5. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

6. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

7. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – DNP

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – Disabled List (4/22 Update)

9. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – DNP

10. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – Disabled List (5/7 Update)

11. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

12. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

13. Cody Dickson, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

14. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (4/14 Update)

15. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, Extended Spring Training – DNP

17. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, West Virginia – DNP

18. Jin-De Jhang, C, Bradenton – 0-for-0

19. Brandon Cumpton, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

20. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Keon Broxton, LF – 2-for-4, 2B

Home Runs: None



Indianapolis was off today.



Box Score

Result: Akron 6, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Keon Broxton, LF – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Nick Kingham had a good outing today, giving up one earned run in seven innings of work. Kingham has good overall numbers, with a 3.06 ERA in 50 innings this year. However, he hasn’t had the best strikeout and walk ratios. On the season he has a 37:23 K/BB ratio, which is below the norm for his strikeouts, and higher than usual with the walks. He did much better today with limiting the walks, but the strikeouts weren’t there. Kingham looked to be doing a better job with striking guys out in his previous outings, with 15 strikeouts in 17 innings over his last three starts. One strong point to his game is that he hasn’t given up a home run in 50 innings this year, and has just one home run allowed in 123.1 innings at the Double-A level.



Box Score

Result: Daytona 4, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Roy, CF – 1-for-3, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Robby Rowland, RHP – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Game Notes: Jason Creasy had a good outing today, working quickly and pounding the strike zone. He threw 88 pitches, with 63 going for strikes. Creasy was mostly sitting 90-92 MPH with his fastball, touching 93 a few times. He faced a Cubs lineup that had top prospects Albert Almora (BA: #36 in MLB) and Jeimer Candelario (BA: #8 in the Cubs system), who combined to go 0-for-4 with a strikeout against Creasy. The right-hander mixed in an 83-84 MPH changeup, and an 80-81 MPH slider. The slider is a pitch that was added last year, and has been a big reason for Creasy’s jump from a long relieve in low A-ball to a starter that has put together some strong outings this season in the Bradenton rotation.



West Virginia was off today.


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Guys who can throw hard but lack command and control are the most overrated prospects in all of baseball, Kingham has to get those walk rates down, or he is going to end up in the bullpen.


It is a long ways away from June 2015. You never know what a guy is working on in the minors to make his numbers drop or fluctuate. I feel like by the end of this season or soon Kingham will be in AAA and his walk numbers will be dropping. Hopefully the k #’s will stay consistent or increase. There is no reason why he can’t be ready by early next season if he keeps improving.


June call up next year for Kingham? I remember talk of a possible September call up but is there any point to that unless they’re in the hunt? That’s not a retorical question. I’m asking if anyone wants to chime in.


At this rate I’d say no call up next June. Really ordinary numbers in AA so far. Really have to wonder if they were releasing top 100 prospects tomorrow how many would still have Kingham as a top 100 prospect right now.


So say he starts in AAA next year and performs well. You consider him an emergency guy at that point? In the same class as Cumpton or Sadler?


No, I think he could still be better than emergency guy(and I like Cumpton more than that as well) But my point is his #s at AA so far are not consistent with the hype surrounding him. If he moves up to AAA and puts up some nice #s I will rethink things. But the fact he is at AA putting up really ordinary #s as far as K’s, BB’s and WHIP doesn’t lead me to believe he is close to being major league ready at this point in time.


I have been saying that since his first home start. His current lack of command will keep him in Altoona for the foreseeable future.

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