Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham and Tyler Glasnow Struggle, Andrew Lambo Homers


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 – 6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

2. Austin Meadows, CF, Bristol – DNP

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 0-for-4

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – 6.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI

6. Josh Bell, RF, Bradenton – 1-for-4

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – DNP

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – 0-for-4, BB

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

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 2-for-4, HR, RBI

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, GCL Pirates – 1-for-3, HR, RBI, BB

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – 0-for-1

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-3, BB

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Unsigned


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Top Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Keon Broxton, CF – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Home Runs: JaCoby Jones (11), Alen Hanson (8), Keon Broxton (6), Chase Simpson (3), Andrew Lambo (1), Patrick Reyes (1)



Box Score

Result: Louisville 8, Indianapolis 3

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 6.1 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chris McGuiness, 1B – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Mel Rojas, RF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Nick Kingham came into this start, allowing just one earned run over his first 26.2 innings with Indianapolis. He left with one of his worst starts in a long time, allowing six runs on ten hits. There were some good signs despite those numbers. Kingham had eight ground ball outs, six strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter, plus he fought through a rough outing to pitch 6.1 innings. Chris McGuiness was the only batter that really did damage in the Indianapolis lineup. He had a single, two doubles and drove in two runs.



Box Score

Result: Altoona 7, Harrisburg 4

Starting Pitcher: Joan Montero, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Keon Broxton, CF – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI

Elias Diaz, C – 1-for-4, RBI

Stetson Allie, 1B – 1-for-3, BB

Live Recap: The Curve defeated Harrisburg tonight in Altoona 7-4.

Starter Joan Montero’s line looked very similar to Pat Ludwig’s from last night. Montero went 6 innings giving up 1 earned run on a Matt Skole single in the 1st inning that scored Michael Taylor. He struck out three, walked one, and surrendered four hits. Of his 88 pitches, Montero threw 54 for strikes. Quinton Miller relieved Montero in the 7th and didn’t look very good, despite sitting in the low 90’s with his fastball. He gave up his three earned in the 7th, and struggled through two outs in the 8th before Jason Townsend bailed him out with a strikeout of Brian Jeroloman with the bases loaded.

Alen Hanson bounced back with a solid night after going 0-for-5 on Friday. He started the night off quick with a solo homerun to lead off the Curve 1st inning, his 8th on the season. Keon Broxton also homered on a towering shot to left in the 5th, his 6th of the year. Both Hanson and Broxton finished the night 2-4, with each of them hitting a home run and a double. Kelson Brown contributed a productive night at the plate as well, going 2-3. The team as a whole kept the strikeouts to a minimum again tonight, only punching out four times. – John Kokales



Box Score

Result: Palm Beach 4, Bradenton 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, DH – 1-for-2, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF – 1-for-4

Walker Gourley, LF – 2-for-3, HBP

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow was making his 48th career start on Saturday night and he did something he has never done before, allow more than six hits in a game. He gave up four runs(three earned) on seven hits and a walk, while striking out six batters. That stats aren’t horrible, but they are poor compared to what he was doing most of this season. In his previous start, he lasted just 2.2 innings due to a high pitch count. The Bradenton offense managed to collect just six hits in the game, all singles. They had one runner get past second base all game.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Greensboro 1

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 2-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Edwin Espinal, DH – 2-for-4, 2B

Elvis Escobar, CF – 2-for-4, RBI

Game Notes: Cody Dickson had the best start of his career, throwing seven shutout innings in a 5-1 win over Greensboro. He has not had a strong season up to this point, so the superb outing is a great sign from the lefty. Dickson has also had control issues at times this year, including his previous start, in which he gave up four free passes. He walked one batter on Saturday. JaCoby Jones homered for the second game in a row. Harold Ramirez hasn’t played since July 1st. No word as of yet why, but he is still on the active roster, so I’d expect him back soon. Edwin Espinal, Elvis Esobar and Jones each had two hits. Espinal scored two runs. Reese McGuire went 0-for-4, snapping his five game hit streak. Despite that mini-streak, he is batting .200 since the All-Star break.



Box Score

Result: State College 3, Jamestown 2

Starting Pitcher: Marek Minarik, RHP – 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mike Fransoso, RF – 2-for-5, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Dan Gamache, 2B – 2-for-5

Kevin Ross, 1B – 2-for-3

Jordan Luplow, LF – 1-for-3, HBP

Game Notes: Jamestown lost 3-2 on Saturday, dropping their sixth straight decision. Prior to that, they had won five games in a row. Starter Marek Minarik lasted just 3.2 innings and he had his usual issues with control. He has walked at least three batters in every start he has made this year. Third baseman Chase Simpson hit his third homer of the season. Dan Gamache, Mike Fransoso and Kevin Ross each had two hits. Fransoso also drove in a run. Taylor Gushue reached base three times with two walks and a hit. In his first 17 games, he is hitting .345 with 16 walks and he’s driven in 16 runs.



Box Score

Result: Pulaski 11, Bristol 7

Starting Pitcher: Omar Basulto, LHP – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jerrick Suiter, DH – 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Trae Arbet, SS – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: The start of the Bristol affiliation with the Pirates has not gone well at all on the field. They are one of the worst teams in all of baseball. With a record of 3-12, they have hit just two homers and they have made 17 errors in their last three games combined. Bristol pitchers gave up 11 runs and 15 hits on Saturday, while their defense allowed six unearned runs. Jerrick Suiter had a double, triple and drove in three runs. Trae Arbet has been hitting well lately, especially compared to how he hit during his rookie season last year and the first few games this year. Arbet has six hits in his last three games, including three doubles. He hit his sixth double of the season today.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Braves 6

Starting Pitcher: Mitch Keller, RHP – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF – 1-for-3, HR, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Barrett Barnes, CF – 0-for-2, 2 BB

Cole Tucker, DH – 0-for-4, BB

Trey Supak, RHP – 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: This game marked the debut of the Pirates third and fourth picks in this year’s draft. Mitch Keller started the game and Trey Supak followed him. Both pitchers signed for $1 Mil bonuses after being selected 64th(Keller) and 73rd overall. They combined for 3.2 scoreless innings, with no walks and four strikeouts. We posted video for both of them from Saturday. Cole Tucker has his string of reaching base multiple times broken at nine games, which began with his first game as a pro. He still drew a walk in five plate appearances, extending his on base streak to ten games. Andrew Lambo hit a solo homer in the seventh inning. This was his second rehab game and he played nine innings in right field after playing first base in his first game. Barrett Barnes walked twice in four plate appearances. This was his fourth rehab game. He has reached base nine times, despite never playing more than seven innings. He talked about his return here.



Box Score

Result: Yankees2 7, Pirates 4

Starting Pitcher: Luis Escobar, RHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Patrick Reyes, C – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Raul Siri, 2B – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Edison Lantigua, LF – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: The Pirates had their four game winning streak snapped, but they got some great pitching from their top starter. Luis Escobar was the best international pitcher signed last year by the Pirates and he struggled early in his career, but he’s been pitching better lately and today’s start was easily his best. He threw five shutout innings, allowing just one hit. Reliever Carlos Bustamante followed him with two shutout innings. Bustamante has given up one run over 10.2 innings in his last four outings combined. Center fielder Victor Fernandez returned to the lineup after missing two weeks with hamstring issues. He went 0-for-5, but reached base once and stole two bases, plus scored a run. He has nine steals on the year.

You can check out the DSL Pirates week four 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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Lee Young

Glasnow pitches a QS and we’re disappointed….wow! 🙂

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Where is Conner Joe?

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