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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham Continues Rough Stretch in Triple-A


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 – 1-for-4, 2B

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 1-for-4

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 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 – 0-for-5

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 – 1-for-4

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 0-for-3

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 – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – DNP

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, 3B – 2-for-2, 2B, 3B, 2 BB, SB

Home Runs: Jordan Steranka (7), Yunelky Adames (2), Sandy Santos (1)



Box Score

Result: Toledo 4, Indianapolis 1

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, 3B – 2-for-2, 2B, 3B, 2 BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Tabata, RF – 2-for-4

Game Notes: The tough stretch for Nick Kingham continued Tuesday night, as he allowed seven hits and four earned runs over six innings. Since the beginning of July, Kingham has allowed 25 runs in 35.2 innings. Over this stretch, he has allowed 34 hits and 10 walks. While the velocity on all three pitches still is there, Kingham appears to be elevating the ball more often and just has not been missing bats.

Vin Mazzaro relieved Kingham and tossed a pair of scoreless innings. In his past six outings, which have included seven innings, Mazzaro has allowed just one run and seven hits.

John Holdzkom rode a 97-mile per hour fastball to a scoreless ninth inning. Holdzkom added a pair of strikeouts in the frame. He has struck out 16 hitters in 12.1 innings with Indianapolis this season.

Starling Marte played centerfield in his third rehab appearance with Indianapolis, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He is now 1-for-12 in the first three games of the stint. – Ryan Palencer



Altoona was off today.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 9, Brevard County 6

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP – 4.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Steranka, DH – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Adam Frazier, SS – 2-for-5, 2 2B

Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-3, 2B, BB, SB

Game Notes: Jordan Steranka hit his seventh homer of the year. It was a three run homer, breaking a 6-6 tie. Max Moroff hit his 25th double of the year. He also stole his 16th base of the season. Adam Frazier had two doubles, giving him 18 on the season. Chad Kuhl had his second rough outing in a row. He gave up a lot of unearned runs, as the Marauders had four errors on the night.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Hagerstown 2

Starting Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Austin Meadows, CF – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Erich Weiss, 2B – 1-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Buddy Borden gave up one run on two hits in seven innings tonight. He has a 2.00 ERA in 18 innings over his last three starts, with a 17:5 K/BB ratio in that span. Over his last ten outings he has a 2.89 ERA in 46.2 innings, with a 45:18 K/BB ratio. Borden struggled in the early part of June, but outside of that stretch he has done well this year. Austin Meadows picked up his fourth double of the year. He had a .304 average coming into the day, but only a .690 OPS due to a lack of power in his first 69 at-bats.



Game One Box Score

Result: Lowell 2, Jamestown 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Eppler, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Erik Forgione, 2B – 3-for-3

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Luplow, LF – 1-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Tyler Eppler threw five shutout innings for the second time in the last month. He struck out five batters, matching his season high, which he’s reached two other times this year. Eppler has a 3.43 ERA in 44.2 innings so far, with a 31:9 K/BB ratio. Jamestown only had five hits in game one.

Game Two Box Score

Result: Lowell 2, Jamestown 1

Starting Pitcher: Alex McRae, RHP – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordan Luplow, RF – 2-for-3, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Kevin Ross, 1B – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Jamestown had another weak game offensively in game two. The offense had four hits, but scored one run. Jordan Luplow combined to go 3-for-7 with a double and two stolen bases in the double-header. Alex McRae now has a 3.38 ERA in 45.1 innings, with a 33:7 K/BB ratio in his first ten starts.



Box Score

Result: Greeneville 12, Bristol 0

Starting Pitcher: Jake Burnette, RHP – 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Billy Roth, RHP – 1.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jake Burnette has struggled since coming back from shoulder surgery. He had a 13.00 ERA in nine innings over five starts in the GCL, and gave up three runs in 1.2 innings tonight in his first outing in Bristol. Billy Roth has struggled this year, and now has a 6.34 ERA in 32.2 innings, with a 27:26 K/BB ratio. Danny Arribas continued his hot streak, picking up a hit in his sixth game in a row. He’s reached base safely in 14 straight games.



Box Score

Result: Tigers 7, Pirates 3

Starting Pitcher: Gerardo Navarro, LHP – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Munoz, 1B – 2-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Nelson Jorge, 2B – 1-for-2, 3B, 2 BB

Game Notes: Carlos Munoz doubled for the third game in a row. He now has ten doubles on the season in 120 at-bats. Munoz is hitting for a .300/.388/.458 line this season. He shows amazing plate patience, with a 10:18 K/BB ratio. Nelson Jorge has struggled in his pro debut, with a .159 average and a .503 OPS. He did hit his third triple of the year today, showing off his speed. Jorge hasn’t had good plate patience, with 42 strikeouts in 88 at-bats.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Rangers 3

Starting Pitcher: Luis Escobar, RHP – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yunelky Adames, 1B – 3-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Sandy Santos, CF – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, BB

Adrian Valerio, SS – 2-for-5

Game Notes: The Pirates won 8-3 over the Rangers on Monday thanks to a three-run homer from Sandy Santos and a solo homer from Yunelky Adames. Santos had two hits and a walk, plus scored two runs. Adames added three hits and scored twice. All nine players in the starting lineup had at least one hit for the Pirates. Second baseman Raul Siri reached base for the 49th time in 55 games. Third baseman Johan De Jesus scored two runs and drove in another. Starter Luis Escobar wasn’t sharp in the game, but he ended up going four innings without allowing an earned run. He has given up a total of 12 earned runs over his last ten starts combined. Julian Villamar picked up his third win by throwing two scoreless innings. He has thrown 10.1 shutout innings over his last five outings after giving up 22 runs in his first 12.1 innings this season. – John Dreker

You can check out the DSL Pirates week nine 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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