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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Homers, Nick Kingham Has Another Rough Start


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 – DNP

2. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – DNP

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 1-for-5

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – 1-for-3, BB

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – Disabled List (7/24 Update)

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – 1-for-4, BB

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – 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 – 1-for-4, HR

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 – 0-for-3, BB

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Tom Harlan, LHP – 6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Arribas, 1B – 2-for-4, HR

Home Runs: Andrew Lambo (5), Danny Arribas (3)



Box Score

Result: Buffalo 5, Indianapolis 4

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, DH – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Blake Davis, 2B – 3-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Coming off arguably his toughest outing of the season, Nick Kingham looked to rebound Wednesday night. While Kingham was dominant through the first five last time out, he went three innings this time with the same success. He allowed just one hit in the first three frames, throwing just 28 pitches with 22 strikes. However, in the next three frames, Kingham allowed a pair of home runs and committed three errors, allowing four runs. He was not able to make it out of the seventh. Andrew Lambo broke out of a 2-for-20 slide to begin the road trip with his fifth home run of the season. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Erie 3

Starting Pitcher: Tom Harlan, LHP – 6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, DH – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Drew Maggi, 3B – 1-for-3, BB, 2 SB

Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-3, BB

Alen Hanson, SS – 1-for-5

Game Notes: Drew Maggi isn’t hitting for power this year, but he’s hitting for a .294 average with a .401 OBP, and he’s stealing a ton of bases. The two he stole tonight gives him 31 on the season. He doesn’t have a very efficient rate, at 66%, but Maggi is a speedy guy, very athletic, can play all of the infield and outfield spots, and gets on base at a good rate. He’s got a chance to be a utility player in the majors one day due to that skill set. Josh Bell picked up a hit in his fifth straight game, and now has a hit in eight of his last nine games. Dan Gamache extended his hitting streak to seven games, and has a .986 OPS in 65 at-bats with Altoona. Tom Harlan has been impressive in the Altoona rotation, with a 2.60 ERA in 27.2 innings, along with a 13:5 K/BB ratio.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 9, Daytona 7

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Yhonathan Barrios, RHP – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Walker Gourley, RF – 2-for-3

Jordan Steranka, DH – 2-for-4, BB

Jose Osuna, 1B – 2-for-4

Justin Maffei, CF – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Yhonathan Barrios was signed as a shortstop out of Colombia in 2008, for what was at the time one of the biggest bonuses the Pirates had ever paid an international signing: $250,000. Last year he made the switch to the bullpen, and surprisingly was hitting upper 90s consistently, with some nice shark break to his slider. He has continued that this year, and has just one run on five hits and four walks in 7.1 innings, with six strikeouts. Barrios has some control issues, but looks like he’s going to have more of a future as a power reliever than he was having as an infielder who never saw his power come along. Jose Osuna added two hits tonight, extending his hitting streak to nine games. He has a .375 average and a 1.006 OPS in his last ten games.



West Virginia was off today.



Jamestown was postponed, and will play a double header tomorrow.



Box Score

Result: Princeton 4, Bristol 2

Starting Pitcher: Billy Roth, RHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Arribas, 1B – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Carlos Ozuna, 2B – 3-for-4, 2B

Enyel Vallejo, CF – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Danny Arribas hit his third homer of the year. Enyel Vallejo hit his eighth double, and now has an .851 OPS in the month of July. Billy Roth pitched five innings for the first time this season. He gave up one earned run, which is the fifth time he’s allowed one earned run in a start this year. Roth has dealt with control problems, posting a 27:23 K/BB ratio in 31 innings, and that was no different tonight as he walked four and struck out four in five innings.



Box Score

Result: Astros 4, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Dario Agrazal, RHP – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Sam Kennelly, 2B – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Tito Polo, RF – 1-for-4, 3B

Cole Tucker, SS – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: A.J. Morris pitched a shutout inning in another rehab outing in relief, pitching four days after his last appearance. It will be interesting to see if Morris comes back as a starter or a reliever. He has pitched well as a starter in Altoona and Indianapolis this year, but likely doesn’t have a future with the Pirates as a starter in the majors. Tito Polo added his fourth triple of the season. He’s got a .907 OPS on the year. Cole Tucker reached base twice, raising his OBP to .377.



The DSL Pirates took an early 5-0 lead, then had to come back from a late deficit to win 10-9 on Wednesday. The Pirates offense had a crazy day at the plate, drawing 11 walks and striking out 16 times. Left fielder Edison Lantigua had three hits and drove in two runs. He raised his average to .301 and now has 23 RBIs. Shortstop prospect Adrian Valerio hit his 13th double and scored two runs. Luis Perez had a double, two walks, two stolen bases, scored two runs and drove in two more.

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

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Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.


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