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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Homers Twice, Nick Kingham Goes Eight Strong Innings


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 – 8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

5. Alen Hanson, SS/2B, Altoona – DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – DNP

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – 2-for-5, SB

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – 4.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – DNP

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 2-for-4, 2 HR, BB

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – 1-for-5

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia  – DNP

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – DNP

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF-1B – 2-for-4, 2 HR, BB

Home Runs: Andrew Lambo 2 (7), Carlos Munoz (4)



Box Score

Result: Louisville 7, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andrew Lambo, RF-1B – 2-for-4, 2 HR, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Elias Diaz, C – 1-for-3, BB

Tony Sanchez, C – 1-for-1

Game Notes: After a tough July, Nick Kingham put together his second strong outing in a row. Prior to this, Kingham allowed 19 runs on 22 hits in 23.1 innings over four starts. In these past two starts, Kingham allowed three runs in 15 innings.

John Holdzkom worked a scoreless ninth, striking out a pair and walking another. Vin Mazzaro worked a perfect 10th. Andy Oliver allowed five runs in the 11th, but only one was earned. He allowed four hits and walked another.

Andrew Lambo hit a pair of solo home runs for his second multiple home run game of the season. He now has seven long balls on the campaign.

Tony Sanchez picked up a hit before leaving the game with an injury after a collision at the plate. Clint Barnes went 0-for-3 in his first game in Triple-A during his rehab stint. Elias Diaz picked up his first Triple-A hit. – Ryan Palencer



Altoona was off today.



Bradenton was off today.



West Virginia was off today.



Jamestown was off today.



Box Score

Result:  Bristol 6, Johnson City 3

Starting Pitcher: Omar Basulto, LHP – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Arribas, 1B – 2-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Jerrick Suiter, DH – 2-for-4

Carlos Ozuna, SS – 2-for-4, 2B

Tomas Morales, C – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Jon Sandfort, RHP – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Danny Arribas extended his hitting streak to six games, hitting his fourth homer of the year in the process. Arribas came into the game with a .290/.381/.399 line in 138 at-bats this year. He’s primarily a catcher, but is athletic enough to play other positions around the infield, playing first base today. Omar Basulto threw five shutout innings, giving up just one hit. It was a nice bounce back from last week, when he gave up five runs in 3.1 innings of work.



Box Score

Result: Yankees 4, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Mitch Keller, RHP – 4.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Munoz, 1B – 3-for-5, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Cole Tucker, SS – 2-for-5, SB

Yoel Gonzalez, C – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Mitch Keller had a good start today, but did experience some control problems. Those led to his only run in the fifth inning. After a leadoff walk, he issued a passed ball, then a wild pitch, advancing the runner to third. The run eventually scored on a ground out to second. Keller has had occasional issues with control, recently walking four batters in 3.1 innings. However, on the season he has a 1.14 ERA in 23.2 innings, with a 26:9 K/BB ratio. That’s even better when you consider that 7 of his 9 walks came in two starts. Cole Tucker picked up two hits and stole his tenth base of the season. Carlos Munoz, who has been one of the biggest surprises this year, hit his fourth homer of the year. He’s got a .299/.383/.451 line in 164 at-bats this year.



Box Score

Result: Yankees 12, Pirates 6

Starting Pitcher: Yeudy Garcia, RHP – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Felix Vinicio, RF – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Edison Lantigua, LF – 1-for-4, BB

Game Notes: The Pirates lost 12-6 on Monday, starting their last week of the season off on the wrong foot. Starter Yeudy Garcia gave up one run over three innings, but reached his pitch count early due to three walks and five strikeouts. Five pitchers out of the bullpen gave up a total of 11 runs over the last six innings. Pirates pitchers walked a total of ten batters. Catcher Mikell Granberry made his return to the lineup, going 0-for-2 before being replaced in the sixth inning. He missed the last three weeks due to a bad back. Granberry turns 19 on Tuesday. Jeremias Portorreal missed Monday’s game after getting hurt on a slide during Saturday’s game. He should return before the season ends. Luis Perez stole his 11th base in 12 tries. – John Dreker

You can check out the DSL Pirates week 11 recap here.

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I’m with Dr. Dng. I need a P2 report on whether Lambo is finally ready or not. What’s the dish on that player and – after his flame-out in the spring – could he be an answer at first?

Inquiring minds need to know.



He’ll get his shot Sept 1st. Hopefully he makes the most of it. I’m ready for Lambo being Garret Jones 2.0 considering Davis and Alvarez are no lock. Although I’m willing to give Pedro a disgusting long time to figure things out at first given what he’s capable of. I just feel like if he gets consistent time at first and doesn’t have to worry about the throws he might get you 25-30 HRs again.


Oy. You sound reasonable. We have quite a crew of fungible 1b men.

Question is: Can anyone be better than that? I agree with your final word on Pedro, too. I think comfort in the field could allow him to relax at the plate. I do think Alvarez will eventually hit .250 and be a legitimate threat with the bat. I guess that the frustration is that for all the cash wrapped up in this player, you’d like to get a player that performs as hoped right out of the box.

Sure would love it if someone at first stepped up the way JHay has this season.



The thing is, as bad as Pedro looks in the field and at the plate sometimes……..more times than I’d like……..he hit 30 plus HR’s just last year. It wasn’t that long ago. I know that Davis hit 32 in 2012 but, as dumb as this sounds, I didn’t see it the way I did with Pedro last year and in the playoffs. So it’s not like Davis’ 32 dingers didn’t exist, I just didn’t witness them like I did with Pedro in the regular season and against the Cards. Give Pedro a shot for the next year and if it doesn’t work out give Lambo a shot or hopefully Bell will be ready in June 2016 to take over. At this point I’m well aware Pedro will never live up to his hype. I just want him to be like Jones in his prime.


A nice report on Tucker from BP –

Cole Tucker, SS, Pirates (Rookie Gulf Coast League)

The Pirates snagged Tucker in the first round (24th overall) in this
year’s draft. Based on multiple viewings this season, he may be a steal.
My first look left me wondering about his arm strength, as he was
really struggling to throw on a line with any zip or carry, but I was
later told he was dealing with arm soreness. Since then, those concerns
have been put to rest. Tucker has plenty of arm from the left side,
whether it’s deep in the hole or off-balance and on the run going to his
left. He has quick, fluid actions and soft hands. At times he loses
concentration and rushes his feet, booting some routine plays, but that
is fixable.

Tucker’s 6-foot-3 frame is impressive. He has wide, broad shoulders
that will be able support more mass as his body matures and fills out.
This could also lead to a move to third base, but there is no rush. The
switch-hitting shortstop has shown very strong bat-to-ball skills from
both sides of the plate; while there isn’t much power now, the
projection left in his frame should allow that to come along. The swing
is level and line drive–oriented right now, but as he gets stronger and
the bat speed improves, he should be able to apply leverage, which will
allow him to drive the ball more. While Tucker isn’t a burner, he’s
still a 50 runner with long strides that allow him to make up ground
after a mediocre first step. He shows strong baseball IQ and picks his
spots wisely when stealing bases. Tucker is a well-rounded player in all
aspects of the game who should provide the Pirates with a strong
defender at short or third base, while contributing with a decent
batting average and respectable power. —Chris King


I’ll take anything on the left side of the infield. Thanks for the post.


Nick has to go. Again he held a runner that should have scored last night. Ridiculous.

Lee Young

gee…we would’ve lost 7-4 then.

dr dng

Why would we need to know that we have a player in AAA who is hitting .325+ and can pound the ball in the seats? We already have three guys on the bench who can PH and their combined BA is more than .325.

(Sorry, the frustration is really starting to get to me….)

Pirates may be one of the worst teams I have ever seen for the last couple of years at scoring a runner from 3rd with no outs.

Max Dine

I could not agree more. If I was Nick Leyva, I would be sending people home like they had a curfew. 2nd and 3rd or bases loaded and no outs is almost a negative right now.

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