Prospect Watch: Gems From Jason Creasy and Nick Kingham


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, Bristol – 0-for-4

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – DNP

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 0-for-4, BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 0-for-3, BB

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – Injured

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, GCL Pirates – DNP (Rehab 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 – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL PiratesAgreed to Terms


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Top Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robert Andino, SS – 3-for-6, 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Tony Sanchez (6), Gift Ngoepe (6), Barrett Barnes (2), Mel Rojas Jr (2)



Game One Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 1, Columbus 0

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas Jr, LF – 0-for-1, 2 BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Tabata, RF – 1-for-3, 2B

Tony Sanchez, C – 0-for-2, BB

Game Notes:  Outside of his last start, Nick Kingham has been nearly perfect. This trend carried over into Thursday and almost became literal. Minor League doubleheaders are played at seven inning affairs and Kingham was four outs away from a perfect game. Though he ran into trouble with two singles and a walk in the frame, Kingham rebounded to get out of it. While his fastball was between 91-93, Kingham dominated with his changeup, which was between 84-87.

Andy Oliver struck out two in a perfect seventh inning to pick up his 11th save in as many opportunities. Oliver has only walked one hitter since walking three on June 21. He has walked 26 in 45 innings this season, while striking out 57.

Indianapolis managed to muster only a pair of hits itself, but Mel Rojas, Jr. walked to push Robert Andino across the plate in the bottom of the sixth to earn Kingham the win. – Ryan Palencer


Game Two Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 14, Columbus 2

Starting Pitcher: Vin Mazzaro, RHP – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robert Andino, SS – 3-for-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas Jr, RF – 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Tony Sanchez, DH – 1-for-3, BB, HR, 3 RBI

Brent Morel, 3B – 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Chase d’Arnaud, CF – 3-for-4, BB, 3 R

Game Notes: After a rocky start, Vin Mazzaro rebounded nicely. He allowed two runs on four hits in the first and tossed three perfect innings after that. Mazzaro struck out his last three and four of the last five hitters the outing. This was Mazzaro’s first start of the year with Indianapolis after 16 relief appearances.

In his second Triple-A appearance of his career, John Holdzkom tossed three scoreless, one-hit innings. He walked one and struck out two, working with an impressive 95 mile per hour fastball. He also works in a splitter.

Robert Andino added three hits, including a double. Despite only sporting a season average just over .200, Andino does have a trio of three-hit games. In his last four games, Andino is 7-for-14 with a double and a triple.

Chase d’Arnaud also added three hits and three runs. Mel Rojas, Jr. picked up his second home run of the campaign. Tony Sanchez added his sixth home run of the season.- Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Erie 12, Altoona 6

Starting Pitcher: Joan Montero, RHP – 2.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Stetson Allie, 1B – 3-for-5, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, 2B – 1-for-3, HR, BB, 2 RBI

Alen Hanson, SS – 0-for-4, BB

Game Notes: Altoona lost bad on Thursday night to Erie, giving up 12 runs and finishing the game with utility fielder Andy Vasquez on the mound. There was some good from Stetson Allie on this night, a carryover from his big game yesterday. He had his second straight three hit day, collecting an RBI and double in each game. Allie had gone hitless in his previous three games, striking out a total of seven times in nine at-bats. Drew Maggi and Carlos Paulino each had two hits and a walk. Gift Ngoepe hit his sixth homer of the season, a two-run shot in the sixth inning.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 4, St. Lucie 1

Starting Pitcher: Jason Creasy, RHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adam Frazier, SS – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Jin-De Jhang, C – 1-for-4, RBI, SB

Josh Bell, RF – 0-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Jason Creasy pitched a gem on Thursday, allowing just four singles over seven shutout innings. The last time he faced St Lucie(11 days ago), he gave up just one run over six innings. Creasy has not issued a walk in his last five outings, a total of 32.2 innings. He lowered his ERA to 3.29 through 98.1 innings. Creasy is just ten innings shy of his 2013 total. Everyone in the Bradenton lineup reached base at least once and five different players had a stolen base. Adam Frazier and Jin-De Jhang each drove in a run and Justin Maffei had two hits, scored a run and stole  a base.



Box Score

West Virginia had their game stopped by rain in the top of the fifth inning. They were one out away from the game being an official game, which would have given the Power a 3-0 victory had they kept Greensboro off the board. The game will be completed Friday prior to the start of the regularly scheduled game, which is now a seven inning contest.



Box Score

Result: Tri-City 4, Jamestown 3

Starting Pitcher: Frank Duncan, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Gushue, DH – 1-for-3, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, 1B – 1-for-2, BB

Jordan Luplow, LF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Jamestown lost for the tenth time in a row on Thursday, dropping another one run game to Tri-City. Andrew Lambo had his rehab assignment moved from the GCL Pirates to Jamestown. He went 2-for-13 with a homer and four walks in four games in the GCL. He had a single, sacrifice bunt and a walk in four plate appearances on Thursday. Lambo has been playing both first base and right field. Starter Frank Duncan pitched well, allowing one run over five innings. Four Jamestown pitchers combined for a 1/12 BB/SO ratio in the game.



Box Score

Result: Bluefield 4, Bristol 0

Starting Pitcher: Hector Garcia, LHP – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eduardo Figueroa, LF – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Trae Arbet, SS – 2-for-3, 2B

Austin Meadows, CF – 0-for-4

Game Notes: Austin Meadows continued to slump during his rehab with Bristol, going 0-for-4 tonight, which leaves him 1-for-14 in five games. In two games with the GCL Pirates, he reached base in every plate appearance. Bristol continued their woeful season, dropping to 4-15 with a 4-0 loss to Bluefield. Starter Hector Garcia allowed one run over four innings. His last outing was cut short after one batter due to rain. Reliever Luis Paula threw two shutout innings. In six appearances, the 31st round draft pick has thrown eight scoreless innings, giving up four hits.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Blue Jays 1

Starting Pitcher: Dario Agrazal Jr., RHP – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Munoz, 1B – 1-for-1, 2B, 4 BB, 2 R

Other Notable Performers:

Barrett Barnes, CF – 1-for-4, HR, RBI, BB

Tito Polo, RF – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Julio de la Cruz, 3B – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Starter Dario Agrazal Jr. allowed two hits and a run in the first inning today, then retired 13 of the last 14 batters he faced. After giving up three earned runs over 3.2 innings in his season debut, Agrazal has allowed two earned runs over 14 innings in his last three starts. The Pirates had 12 hits and six walks, with everyone in the lineup getting at least one hit. They came to the plate 22 times in the game with at least one runner in scoring position, but managed to score just six runs. First baseman Carlos Munoz reached base in all five plate appearances. Barrett Barnes played nine innings for the first time on his rehab assignment and he hit his second homer for the GCL Pirates. Shortstop Nelson Jorge struck out twice, giving him 23 strikeouts in his first 42 at-bats in the pros. He was the Pirates seventh round draft pick this year. Center fielder Michael de la Cruz didn’t play on Thursday, his 18th birthday.



Box Score

Result: Cubs 4, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Francis Rodriguez, RHP – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeremias Portorreal, LF – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Edison Lantigua, LF – 2-for-4, RBI

Adrian Valerio, SS – 1-for-4, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Due to a high pitch count early, starter Francis Rodriguez lasted just two innings, giving up one run. Reliever Carlos Bustamante went four innings for the second time in his last three outings, a high inning total for a reliever in the DSL. Five Pirates pitchers combined to allow nine walks, while recording just two strikeouts. The Cubs attempted ten stolen bases in the game and they were successful on six of them. On Wednesday, the three highest priced players from the 2013 July 2nd signing period, were all given the day off. They were all in the lineup on Thursday and contributed to the offense. Adrian Valerio had a double, walk and scored a run. Edison Lantigua had two hits and an RBI. Jeremias Portorreal had a double, walk and RBI.

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

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

Do we send the struggling Justin Wilson down and bring up Andy Oliver?


Lee: Oliver has no Options left, so he is doomed to September callup unless there are a number of injuries. Wilson is too important, but I noticed just recently that he had been throwing 97/98 and then the next time out of the BP he came in throwing 92/93

DG Lewis

“Struggling Justin Wilson”? Man, your bar is set high. He had one bad outing (two runs on 7/7) and gave up a home run in his next outing. In the seven appearances before that, he’d given up a total of two hits (and no runs).


Is Lambo playing 1B a sign that the Pirates Brass may be reconsidering their thought that Ike Davis will be an average 1B? Originally before his injury at Indy he had been mostly playing OF. Now they have him playing both albeit in a lower level. Possible in September we see him at 1B in addition, to Ike and Gaby?

S Brooks

I think it’s even money that he arrives in Pittsburgh sooner than that, to take Snider’s spot on the roster. The fact that he can play both positions gives Hurdle more flexibility to make moves, and for crying out loud if the standard for your lefty pinch hitter is 5 for 27 over the last month, I’m sure Lambo can manage that.


SB: I am not happy with the performance of Ike Davis so far, although his almost 1/1 W/K Ratio is excellent. I am not sure of our LH pinch hitting numbers, but we have seen two totally different Andrew Lambo’s since Spring Training – let’s hope we get the one from AAA and not the one from ST. I think the performance and results realized by Josh Harrison are proof that it is possible to play your way into this lineup. Neither of our corner infielders should feel safe!

Ryan/John – is it possible to get a recap on the velocity and types of pitches being thrown by Andy Oliver?

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