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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Prospect Watch: Glasnow and Kingham Dominate Again


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. 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 #1, 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 mid-season top 20 update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – 7.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

2. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – Disabled List (5/30 Update)

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 2-for-6, SB

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – DNP

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – 2-for-6, 2B, RBI, BB

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates –  1-for-3, RBI, BB

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – Disabled List(6/23 Update)

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – Disabled List (5/30 Update)

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – 0-for-4, BB

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – Disabled List (6/20 Update)

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Unsigned


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Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Trae Arbet, SS – 3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Tito Polo (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Durham 1

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, DH – 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Chase d’Arnaud, LF – 1-for-5, 3B

Mel Rojas Jr., RF – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Nick Kingham put together his third strong start at Triple-A Tuesday. Kingham allowed just an unearned run in 6.2 innings of work. He struck out five and walked a pair in the outing. In 20.2 innings overall with Indianapolis, he has allowed just one earned run, while striking out 15 hitters and walking only three.

Andy Oliver rebounded from his worst outing in over a month, where he walked three on Saturday. On Tuesday, Oliver struck out two hitters and nine of his 11 pitches were strikes en route to his eighth save of the season. Josh Wall chipped in 1.1 scoreless innings for the hold.

Matt Hague and Mel Rojas each picked up a pair of hits and an RBI. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: New Britain 5, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 3 HR

Top HitterWilly Garcia, RF – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Drew Maggi, LF – 1-for-4

Elias Diaz, C – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Pat Ludwig allowed three homers on Tuesday, leading to a 5-2 Altoona loss to New Britain. The Curve had eight hits, with three coming from Willy Garcia, who scored both runs. Garcia hit his 14th double of the season. Ralph Henriquez had the only Altoona RBI. Kelson Brown had two hits. Jason Townsend made his Curve debut and threw a scoreless sixth inning. He pitched twice with Jamestown before moving up to Altoona. Yao-Hsun Yang allowed one run in his one inning and Quinton Miller threw a scoreless eighth.



Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 2, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 7.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jonathan Schwind, RF – 2-for-5, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, 1B- 1-for-4, 2B

Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow finally allowed a run after four straight shutout appearances, but this outing was just as impressive as any others. Glasnow went seven innings for the first time and gave up just one hit. In his last five outings, he has allowed one run on nine hits in 28.2 innings. He has 61 strikeouts this year in 55.2 innings and he’s holding hitters to a .148 BAA. We will have more coverage of this start on Wednesday. Josh Bell didn’t play on Tuesday, keeping his hitting streak stuck at 11 games. He was named to the Future’s Game earlier in the day.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Delmarva 5

Starting Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Ashley Ponce, SS – 2-for-5, 2 BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Reese McGuire, C – 2-for-6, SB

Harold Ramirez, RF – 2-for-6, BB, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: West Virginia outlasted Delmarva, winning 6-5 in 14 innings. Starter Buddy Borden got knocked out after one inning when he reached his single inning pitch count. Borden allowed three runs on four hits and a walk, while throwing 35 pitches. Zack Von Rosenberg made his 2014 debut following Borden. He allowed one run over four innings. Harold Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a third inning double. He finished with two hits and a walk. Every player in both starting lineups had at least one hit and the two teams combined for 37 hits. Seven Power hitters had at least two hits. Jeff Roy had three hits in his first game with West Virginia. He had been with Bradenton all season.



Box Score

ResultJamestown 3, State College 2

Starting Pitcher: Marek Minarik, RHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Luplow, LF – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Chase Simpson, 3B – 1-for-3, 3B, BB

Michael Suchy, CF – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Since joining Jamestown last week, third round pick Jordan Luplow has been on fire. He had three hits on Tuesday, giving him four multi-hit games in six days. He hit his first double, drove in a run and stole his first base. Luplow also picked up an outfield assist. Marek Minarik threw five shutout innings, doing it despite his usual control issues. He has been tough to hit through three starts, allowing seven base hits in 13 innings. Minarik walked three batters and hit two others. He had given up ten walks so far this year. Jamestown had three triples in the game.



Box Score

Result: Bristol 7, Burlington 1

Starting Pitcher: Omar Basulto, LHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Trae Arbet, SS – 3-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Daniel Arribas, 1B – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

Pablo Reyes, 2B – 2-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: Bristol bats were on fire on Tuesday night, collecting 17 hits in the 7-1 win. Trae Arbet, Maximo Rivera and Danny Arribas each had three hits. Arbet drove in three runs, while Eduardo Figueroa had a pair of RBIs. Pablo Reyes had two hits, giving him hits in each of the first six games. Bristol starter Omar Basulto had  terrific outing, facing just two over the minimum in five shutout innings. He gave up a double and hit a batter, striking out four and getting nine ground ball outs. In his season debut last week, Basulto allowed one run over five innings.

Check out the Bristol Pirates season preview.



Box Score

Result: Blue Jays 6, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Neil Kozikowski, RHP – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Salazar, 1B – 3-for-3, 2 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Cole Tucker, SS – 1-for-3, BB

Michael de la Cruz- 0-for-4, BB

Tito Polo, RF – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Eric Thomas, LF – 2-for-4

Game Notes:  The GCL Pirates lost for the fourth straight time to open up the season, as the Blue Jays broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the ninth with a three-run walk-off homer. Tito Polo tied the game in the top of the ninth with a solo homer to lead off the inning. Cole Tucker had a much better second day than he did in his debut. After striking out twice and making three errors on Monday, the 2014 first round pick had his first hit, an RBI single. He also played a clean game in the field and drew a walk. Pitcher Neil Kozikowski made his season debut and gave up three runs over 4.2 innings. The eighth round pick from last year signed for an over-slot bonus and made six starts and a relief appearance in the GCL last season. Nate Baker pitched on rehab and threw a scoreless inning.

Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.



Box Score

Result: Marlins 4, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Luis Escobar, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adrian Valerio, SS- 2-for-4,  2 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jeremias Portorreal, RF – 0-for-4

Johan De Jesus, 3B – 1-for-2, BB

Game Notes: The Pirates lost their seventh straight game on Tuesday, going down 4-2 to the Marlins. Starter Luis Escobar made his fifth start and it was easily his best. He went five innings for the first time, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk. In his first four starts combined, he gave up 20 runs over 13 innings. Shortstop Adrian Valerio had two doubles and drove in both Pirates runs. He has six doubles and 12 RBIs this year. Raul Siri collected his tenth double.

You can check out the DSL Pirates week three recap here.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.


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Leefoo Rug Bug

Nice interviews by Inky last night with both Bell and Glasnow.

Scott Kliesen

Why exactly did neither Kingham nor Glasnow make it on the Futures roster? Seems both are equally or even more deserving than Bell.

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