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Prospect Watch: Kingham With Another Gem; Allie Hits 12th Homer


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, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 0-for-4

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 2-for-4

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – DNP

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – DNP

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 – DNP

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 – DNP

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-2, HR, HBP

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Unsigned


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Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-2, HR, HBP

Home Runs: Stetson Allie (12), Elias Diaz (4), Victor Fernandez (3)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 2, Gwinnett 1

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, RF – 2-for-3, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Jaff Decker, LF – 1-for-2, BB

Vin Mazzaro, RHP – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Kingham made his second start with Indianapolis, and once again had a strong outing. He went seven innings for the second straight start, or sixth if you count his final four starts with Altoona. So far in Triple-A, Kingham has an 0.64 ERA in 14 innings, with a 10:1 K/BB ratio. Mel Rojas has also been impressive since being promoted to Indianapolis, with a .328/.397/.459 line in 61 at-bats. He gave his numbers a boost today, with a double and a triple. The triple was his third in 19 games.



Box Score

Result: New Hampshire 6, Altoona 5

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-2, HR, HBP

Other Notable Performers:

Elias Diaz, C – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Game Notes: Stetson Allie hit his 12th home run of the season in 206 at-bats. Elias Diaz hit his fourth homer of the year. Jarek Cunningham, Gift Ngoepe, and Keon Broxton were all ejected after a brawl that followed Cunningham getting hit with a pitch in the seventh inning. Stetson Allie was hit earlier in the game, in the plate appearance that followed his home run. Zack Dodson had a good outing, getting a lot of ground ball outs, with an 11:2 GO/AO ratio.



Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 5, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Adam Frazier, SS – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 2-for-4

Jose Osuna, DH – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Josh Bell extended his hitting streak to six games, and has hits in nine of his last ten games. He’s hitting for a .474/.524/.868 line in 38 at-bats over that ten game stretch. He also has been making huge strides against left-handers lately, and now has his OPS up to .835. At the end of May, his OPS against lefties was .620. Bell is looking worthy of a promotion to Altoona by the end of the month. Jason Creasy struggled tonight, but did have one of his best strikeout totals of the season, and didn’t allow a walk. He has also done a better job of getting ground balls the last three starts, after pitching more like a fly ball pitcher for most of this year.



West Virginia was off today.



Box Score

Result: Williamsport 5, Jamestown 4

Starting Pitcher: Frank Duncan, RHP – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Gushue, C – 1-for-5, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Carl Anderson, CF – 1-for-5, 2B

Game Notes: Taylor Gushue and Carl Anderson both extended their hitting streaks to six games. Gushue hit his second triple of the season, while Anderson hit his first double. 13th round pick Frank Duncan made his debut tonight, throwing three innings with just an unearned run. Duncan was drafted as a senior out of Kansas. He had excellent control in his senior year, with an 82:14 K/BB ratio in 118.2 innings. He throws four pitches for strikes, with a fastball in the 90-93 MPH range.



Box Score

Result: Mets 3, Pirates 1

Starting Pitcher: Luis Escobar, RHP – 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Victor Fernandez, CF – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Jeremias Portorreal, RF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: The DSL Pirates dropped their second straight game to the Mets2, losing 3-1 and moving to 6-10 on the season. Luis Escobar made his fourth start and he showed some slight improvements over his first three games. Escobar is the top prospect among pitchers on the team, an 18-year-old with a fastball that reaches 94 MPH. He gave up one earned run over 3.2 innings, after allowing 16 earned runs over his first 9.1 innings as a pro. This game was the pro debut of 22-year-old RHP Edgar Santana. Usually a player this old is just a roster filler in the DSL, but apparently Santana might be someone to watch. He throws mid-90’s and has a slider that could be a plus pitch. He retired all three batters he faced, one by strikeout.

The offense had just four hits and one run, which came on a home run from Victor Fernandez. The homer is his third of the season and he also has seven stolen bases, showing a nice blend of speed and power early in the year. Top prospect Jeremias Portorreal went 1-for-4 with a single. The 16-year-old outfielder is hitting .222 with two doubles and a homer through his first 13 games. – John Dreker

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

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Lee Young

Really hoping Bell makes it to Altoona by the 2nd weekend in July, so that I can see him in Harrisburg!

Dom DiDominic

Also posted in BD:

Dodson was effective. fb was between 90 &92. Changed speeds well. CB was mid 70’s with big break. Very few swing and misses. Curve was an out pitch, but could not seem to put batters away.

Got to see Hanson hit right handed, but again did not do much at the plate. Made one great play ranging deep in the hole with a strong, accurate throw to first (runner was just safe). Actually, only had one more grounder hit to him.

Allie k’ed in his first ab, hit a long bomb to straight away right, then got weird in this 3rd ab. With a 2-0 count, a runner on 2nd, two out and Norris’ pitch count up, the New Hampshire pitching coach came to the mound. The next pitch was right at Allie’s head, just missing, then he was drilled up and in (shoulder).

Dodson waited until two out none on before hitting Burns in the lower leg. First pitch in next inning drilled Cunningham and he charged hard. Many fights around the field, Cunningham got pounded and was dazed while helped off.

Note on Diaz, who homered to RCF. After Burns was hit, he had a huge jump to steal. Diaz threw him out from his knees with a laser. 1.87 pop time. Very impressive.


Will there be a Neil Kozikowski or Sam Kennelly sighting in a minor league game anytime soon?


Neil is still in extended spring training. He pitched yesterday against the Sarasota
Orioles. He went 3 2/3 innings giving up
0 runs with 4 K’s. Fastball was touching
91 and he looked good.

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