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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Prospect Watch: Kingham Shines in Triple-A Debut; First Homer For Gushue


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors (Casey Sadler #16). 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 – DNP

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

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 1-for-4, 3B

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – DNP

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – DNP

8. Cole Tucker, SS, Signed – Agreed to terms

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

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, UnsignedAgreed to terms

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – DNP

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

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

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

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

17. Trey Supak, RHP, Unsigned – Agreed to terms

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-4

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Unsigned


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Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 3B – 2-for-4, HR

Home Runs: Jarek Cunningham (3), Raul Siri (2), Taylor Gushue (1)



Box Score

Result: Durham 2, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top HitterNevin Ashley, C – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Jaff Decker, LF – 1-for-4, SB, BB

Live Report: Nick Kingham came to Triple-A as advertised and it is clear that the lack of velocity and command from the beginning of the campaign is a thing of the past. Kingham and A.J. Morris teamed up for 16 innings of shutout ball in back-to-back nights against division-leading Durham. Kingham struck out eight in his seven innings of this tandem on Friday night. He also only walked one hitter, while throwing 60 of his 95 pitches for strikes.

Wirfin Obispo added another scoreless frame with a strikeout. This was the third straight scoreless inning for Obispo. Vin Mazzaro walked three and allowed a run for a blown save. Even with the rough outing, Mazzaro’s Triple-A ERA is still only 0.71. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Reading 4

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jarek Cunningham, 3B – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Willy Garcia, RF – 2-for-4

Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 2-for-4, 3B, SB

Andy Vasquez, LF – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Jarek Cunningham hit his third homer of the year tonight. He’s been on a hot streak lately, with a .310 average and a .911 OPS in 29 at-bats over his last ten games. Alen Hanson hit his seventh triple of the season. Gift Ngoepe, Willy Garcia, and Andy Vasquez all picked up multiple hits. Zack Dodson gave up four runs for the third straight start. In the month of June, he has a 7.53 ERA in 14.1 innings, after a 2.65 ERA in 17 innings in May.



Bradenton was off today.



West Virginia was rained out.



Box Score

Result: Mahoning Valley 10, Jamestown 9

Starting Pitcher: Miguel Rosario, RHP – 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Gushue, C – 2-for-5, 3B, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Carl Anderson, CF – 4-for-5

Ulises Montilla, 3B – 2-for-5, 2B

Kevin Ross, 1B – 3-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: Taylor Gushue got off to a good start in his pro career, going 2-for-5 with a triple and his first pro home run. The catcher was taken in the fourth round of the 2014 draft. Fellow 2014 draft pick Carl Anderson also had a big night, going 4-for-5 at the leadoff spot. Ulises Montilla played third base, and picked up two hits, with one double. Kevin Ross, who was taken in the 2012 draft, and who has struggled his first two years out of high school, had a nice start to the season with a three hit night, including one double.

Check out the 2014 Jamestown Jammers preview here.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Astros Orange 3

Starting Pitcher: Nestor Oronel, LHP – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Raul Siri, 2B – 2-for-3, 2B, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Johan De Jesus, 3B – 1-for-2, 2B, BB, SB

Game Notes: The Pirates won for the third straight time on Friday and they did it with strong pitching. Coming into the day, the Pirates pitchers had a 6.95 ERA, the worst total in the 36 team Dominican League. Starter Nestor Oronel allowed two runs over four innings and reliever Luylli Miranda threw four shutout innings. Oronel allowed ten runs over 8.1 innings in his first two starts, though just four of those runs were earned. A pitcher named Mister Luciano collected a save in his pro debut. The 18-year-old righty was with the team last year as an outfielder, but never played a game.

On offense, second baseman Raul Siri had two hits, including a solo homer and his seventh double. He is hitting .396 through 12 games, with 12 extra-base hits. Felix Vinicio drove in his eighth run of the season in just his seventh game. Top prospect Jeremias Portorreal went 1-for-4 with an RBI, his first hit in four games. Shortstop Adrian Valerio stole the first base of his career. – John Dreker

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

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Lee Young

Carl Anderson remains my sleeper candidate, John.

William Wallace

Kingham could be a shot in the arm in September. Mazzaro didn’t help himself last night.

Monsoon Harvard

Mister Luciano? Interesting. Sounds like a mystery guy, like from ‘parts unknown’. He wasn’t wearing a mask was he?

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