Minor League Schedule: Nick Kingham Has Improved Command Since Arriving in Indianapolis

All eight teams on the schedule today, including two doubleheaders. Jamestown is making up a game from earlier in the year, while the GCL Pirates are going to finish off yesterday’s suspended game before the play they regularly scheduled game, which will now be seven innings. Check out the Prospect Watch from last night. All minor league transactions over the last month can be found at the bottom of the page. Click the link on each pitcher’s name for more information.     

Nick Kingham has displayed excellent control since arriving in AAA
Nick Kingham has displayed excellent control since arriving in AAA



AAA: Indianapolis (56-50) vs Charlotte (46-59) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (4-1, 2.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Charlotte 8, Indianapolis 4

Nick Kingham will make his eighth start for Indianapolis and 20th start overall this season. Between Altoona and Indianapolis, he has thrown 116 innings, giving up 104 hits, four homers and 31 walks. He has 87 strikeouts, a 1.06 GO/AO ratio and a .239 BAA. In his last start, Kingham gave up four runs(three earned) on six hits and no walks in six innings. He walked 25 batters in 71 innings with Altoona and just six over 45 innings since being promoted.

AA: Altoona (41-64) @ Bowie (53-51) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Jhonathan Ramos (2-3, 5.34)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 8, New Britain 5

Jhonathan Ramos will make his third start of the season, second for Altoona. He made one start and six relief appearances for Indianapolis, plus another 23 relief appearances for Altoona. Ramos has pitched a total of 44.2 innings this year, surrendering 49 hits, nine homers and 13 walks. He has 29 strikeouts, an 0.93 GO/AO ratio and a .274 BAA. In his last start, he allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk in 4.2 innings.

High-A: Bradenton (55-45, 20-11 2nd half) @ Lakeland (49-49) 6:30pm
Probable starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 4, Dunedin 0

No starter has been named yet for today’s game.

Low-A: West Virginia (35-66, 15-18 2nd half) @ Hickory (59-43) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Buddy Borden (5-6, 3.60)
Yesterday’s Result: Hickory 3, West Virginia 2

Buddy Borden will make his 20th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. Borden has thrown a total of 90 innings, giving up 74 hits, ten homers and 41 walks. He has 76 strikeouts, a 1.00 GO/AO ratio and a .222 BAA. In his last start, he lasted just three innings, giving up four runs on three hits and five walks. Borden allowed three runs on five hits in five innings the last time he faced Hickory. He walked none in that game and picked up eight strikeouts.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (15-23) @ Batavia (18-20) 5:05pm DH
Probable Starter: Alex McRae (0-2, 4.15) and Jose Regalado (5-2, 3.52)
Yesterday’s Result: Auburn 6, Jamestown 2

Alex McRae will make his eighth start of the season today. He has pitched 30.1 innings, allowing 30 hits, one homer and six walks. He has 18 strikeouts, an 0.95 GO/AO ratio and a .250 BAA. In his last start, McRae took the loss, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk in five innings. Against Batavia on 7/7, he allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks in five frames. Jose Regalado will get the start in the other Jamestown game. He has pitched eight times this year, all in relief. Despite that games pitched total and throwing just 15.1 innings, Regalado has somehow managed to pick seven decisions and five wins. He has an 8/8 BB/SO ratio.

RK: Bristol (9-21) vs Pulaski (18-14) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Pulaski 3, Bristol 2

Check out the Bristol season preview.

GCL: Pirates (11-17) vs Yankees1 (21-7) 11:00am DH
Probable Starter:  TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were suspended in the 4th inning

Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.

DSL: Pirates (20-25) vs Angels (19-26) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Angels 4, Pirates 3

Check out the DSL Pirates seventh week recap.

Recent Transactions

7/24: Orlando Castro placed on disabled list. Matt Benedict assigned to Altoona.

7/23: Barrett Barnes placed on disabled list. Justin Howard activated from disabled list and assigned to Bradenton.

7/23: West Virginia places Danny Collins, Chris Diaz and Justin Topa on disabled list. Maximo Rivera, Jared LaKind and Francisco Aponte assigned to West Virginia.

7/23: Nathan Sopena promoted to Jamestown. Jose Salazar promoted to Bristol.

7/21: Tyler Sample assigned to Bradenton.

7/18: Pirates release Jason Townsend.

7/17: Josh Bell promoted to Altoona. Ralph Henriquez placed on DL.

7/17: Andrew Lambo activated from DL. Matt Curry placed on DL. Jhonathan Ramos assigned to Altoona.

7/14: Pirates release Duke Welker.

7/12: Pirates sign Rafael Perez. Perez assigned to Indianapolis.

7/11: Pirates release Jorge Mendoza.

7/11: Pat Ludwig assigned to Bradenton. Zack Dodson assigned to Altoona.

7/11: Austin Meadows assigned to West Virginia. Elvis Escobar assigned to Jamestown.

7/11: Barrett Barnes promoted to Bradenton.

7/11: Orlando Castro promoted to Altoona. Pirates release Yao-Hsun Yang.

7/11: Jarek Cunningham activated from disabled list. Quinton Miller placed on disabled list.

7/10: Shane Carle and Yhonathan Barrios promoted to Bradenton. Robby Rowland and Andy Otamendi assigned to West Virginia.

7/10: Matt Curry promoted to Indianapolis. Ralph Henriquez activated from Altoona disabled list.

7/9: Andrew Lambo assigned to Jamestown on rehab assignment.

7/8: Thomas Harlan promoted to Altoona

7/7: Francisco Liriano assigned to Indianapolis on rehab. Brent Morel activated from disabled list.

7/7: Chris Dickerson traded to Cleveland Indians.

7/7: Justin Howard placed on disabled list. Dan Gamache and Nate Baker assigned to Altoona.

7/7: Mike Fransoso assigned to West Virginia Power. Harold Ramirez placed on disabled list.

7/7: Collin Balester has his rehab assignment transferred from GCL Pirates to Bristol.

7/7: Cristian Mota promoted from DSL Pirates to GCL Pirates. Jhoan Herrera reassigned to DSL Pirates.

7/7: Jake Burnette sent to GCL Pirates on rehab.

7/7: Edgardo Munoz promoted from GCL Pirates to Bristol.

7/5: Tyler Waldron placed on disabled list. John Holdzkom assigned to Indianapolis.

7/5: Dean Anna assigned to Indianapolis.

7/4: Jarek Cunningham placed on DL. Jeff Inman sent to Altoona.

7/3: Justin Maffei and Ashley Ponce promoted to Bradenton.

7/3: Bradenton placed Jonathan Schwind and Taylor Lewis on the disabled list.

7/3: Danny Collins and Francisco Diaz activated from disabled list.

7/3: Clario Perez promoted to West Virginia. Andy Otamendi assigned to Jamestown.

7/3: Austin Meadows assigned to Bristol.

7/1: Andy Otamendi assigned to West Virginia.

7/1: Connor Joe placed on temporary inactive list.

6/30: Austin Meadows, Barrett Barnes and Collin Balester assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.

6/28: Stetson Allie activated from disabled list.

6/28: Omir Santos activated from disabled list. Brent Morel placed on disabled list.

6/28: JaCoby Jones activated from disabled list. Wyatt Mathisen placed on disabled list.

6/28: Nate Baker and Dan Gamache assigned to Jamestown on rehab.

6/28: Pirates release Alexander Gutierrez.

6/27: Jandy Vasquez played on 60-day disabled list.

6/26: Dan Gamache assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.

6/26: Adalberto Santos traded to San Francisco Giants.

6/26: Danny Collins placed on disabled list. Justin Topa activated from West Virginia disabled list.

6/25: John Holdzkom assigned to Altoona roster.

6/25: Walker Gourley activated from Bradenton disabled list.

6/25: A.J. Morris placed on disabled list. Jhonathan Ramos promoted to Indianapolis.

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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