Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham Ends Season on Sour Note, Reese McGuire 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 – DNP

2. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – 1-for-2, 2 RBI, BB, SB

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – 5.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

5. Alen Hanson, SS/2B, Altoona – Disabled List (8/25 Update)

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – Disabled List (8/19 Update)

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – DNP

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-5, 3B

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – In Majors

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 – 2-for-5, RBI

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Tyler Eppler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Chase Simpson, 3B – 3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Home Runs: Chris McGuiness (9), Edwin Espinal (7), Robert Andino (6), Jaff Decker (6), Reese McGuire (3)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 9, Columbus 7

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 5.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

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

Other Notable Performers:

Tony Sanchez, C – 3-for-4, RBI, BB

Jaff Decker, LF – 3-for-5, HR, RBI

Gregory Polanco, RF – 2-for-5, RBI

Game Notes: Nick Kingham had a forgettable last start of the season, giving up seven runs over 5.2 innings. He almost didn’t make it out of the first inning after giving up four runs and needing 30 pitches to get through the inning. Kingham finished with a 3.58 ERA for Indianapolis, after posting a 3.04 ERA while with Altoona earlier this year. Indianapolis had three homers on the night. Chris McGuiness drove in three runs and hit his ninth homer. Jaff Decker had three hits, including his sixth homer. Tony Sanchez had his second straight three hit game. Chase d’Arnaud stole his 30th base of the year.



Box Score

Result: Bowie 5, Altoona 4

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kelson Brown, 1B – 3-for-4, 3B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Stetson Allie, DH – 2-for-5, RBI

Drew Maggi, 3B – 2-for-5

Game Notes: Stetson Allie came into this game on a 3-for-29 streak, with 13 strikeouts in his last nine games. He went 2-for-5 with an RBI on Friday night, his first multi-hit game since August 13th(13 games). Willy Garcia struck out three times, giving him a 21:143 BB/K ratio in 431 at-bats. He leads all Pirates minor league hitters in strikeouts. Kelson Brown had three hits, including his first triple. He is hitting .310 in 116 at-bats this year. Zack Dodson finished his season with a 4.62 ERA in 122.2 innings.



Bradenton had their game suspended due to weather with the score tied 0-0 in the top of the third inning.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 7, Asheville 3

Starting Pitcher: Jake Burnette, RHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Edwin Espinal, 1B – 3-for-3, 2B, HR, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF – 1-for-2, HR, 2 RBI, SB, BB

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 1-for-4, 2B

Reese McGuire, C – 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Edwin Espinal had a career night last night, driving in seven runs. On Friday, he just had a great night, reaching base all four times up and missing the cycle by the triple. His homer was his seventh and the double was 25th of the season. Reese McGuire hit his third homer of the season. JaCoby Jones returned to the lineup for the first time in over a week and went 1-for-5 with a triple and two strikeouts. Jake Burnette had a strong outing, allowing one run on five hits, a walk and a hit batter in five innings. He has been struggling all season, including his rehab stops in the GCL and Bristol. He gave up 25 runs in 24 innings over ten appearances this year.



Box Score

Result: Jamestown 7, Williamsport 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Eppler, RHP – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Chase Simpson, 3B – 3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Luplow, RF – 1-for-5, 2B

Michael Suchy, DH – 0-for-4, 3 R

Game Notes: Tyler Eppler finished his first pro season off strong, allowing one run on three hits and no walks in six innings. In 68.2 innings, he posted a 2.49 ERA and had a 49:11 K/BB ratio. Reliever Sam Street threw two perfect innings, giving him a 1.05 ERA in 25.2 innings. Chase Simpson had three hits and drove in three runs, while Michael Suchy went 0-for-4 and scored three runs. Jordan Luplow hit his 12th double of the year.



Box Score

Result: Danville 6, Bristol 1

Starting Pitcher: Omar Basulto, LHP – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Trae Arbet, SS – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Nick Buckner, RF – 1-for-4

Tomas Morales, C – 3-for-4

Game Notes: Bristol ended their season with a loss to Danville. Their first season as a Pirates affiliate was a tough one, finishing with a 22-46 record. John Sever pitched the last four innings of the game and allowed one run, while striking out six batters. He finished with a 1.33 ERA in 40.2 innings, with 63 strikeouts. Sever finished fifth on the team in innings pitched, yet had 13 more strikeouts than the second best total on the club. Earlier this week, catcher Danny Arribas was named to the Appalachian League season All-Star team. He was also voted the team MVP by fans. Arribas didn’t play on Friday. He finished with a .281/.368/.400 slash line in 44 games.



The GCL season is over. We will have a season recap for the team in the next few days.


The DSL season is now over. You can read the DSL Pirates season recap here, complete with scouting reports every player.

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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John, I saw where the Rangers released Phil Irwin. Do you think the Pirate Organization might be interested in re- signing him ?


I liked him a lot when he was in AA. A great breaking ball too.

Lee Young

Bucs need to bring Chase up in Sept, just for his base stealing ability. Great late inning weapon.


He is in the dog house and will not get out of it by stealing bases.

Adrian Carnelutti

Congratulations to Danny Arribas on his MVP award. I watched him in the Australian summer when he played the Sydney Blue Sox and while his catching was OK his hitting needed a lot of work so hopefully he has improved. Keon Broxton also played for the Blue Sox and I was pleased to see how well he did in the Altoona team this year. He was an above average fielder and a good hitter although he was lacking with his consistency and his plate discipline so it seems he has also improved on that and could be genuine prospect. They were both very good young men and represented their organisations very well and I am very pleased they have had success this year

Joe Sweetnich


Seems like Trae Arbet has come from no chance to hit to maybe still having a chance.


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