Prospect Watch: Josh Harrison and Nick Kingham Join Altoona

P2 Top 30

A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today. If a player is in the majors for an extended time or loses his prospect eligibility (Colin Moran, Edgar Santana, Kyle Crick, Max Moroff and Dovydas Neverauskas), he will be removed from this list. 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, 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 more active prospects on the list. Rankings are from our 2018 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Mitch Keller, RHP, Altoona – DNP

2. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis – DNP

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona – 0-for-5

4. Shane Baz, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – 2-for-4, 2B

6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – DNP

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

8. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 0-for-2

9. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – Disabled list

10. Jordan Luplow, LF, Indianapolis – DNP

11. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton –  DNP

12. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

13. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

14. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona – 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO

15. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis –  DNP

16. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – DNP

17. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 1-for-6, RBI

18. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 2-for-6

19. Nick Burdi, RHP, Pirates (disabled list) – DNP

20. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona – DNP

21. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

22. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

23. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – DNP

24. Jason Martin, OF, Altoona -3-for-4, HR, RBI

25. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – 3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO

26. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

27. Mason Martin, 1B, West Virginia – 1-for-3

28. Conner Uselton, OF, Extended Spring Training – DNP

29. Cody Bolton, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

30. Steven Jennings, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP


Indianapolis had off on Monday.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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Altoona lost 7-3 to Richmond on Monday night despite Nick Kingham getting the start and Josh Harrison making a rehab appearance.

Kingham was sent to Altoona to keep on schedule for a start with the Pirates on Saturday. With Indianapolis off, he moved down a level and struggled in his Monday night start. In five innings, he allowed four runs on seven hits and one walk, while picking up four strikeouts. Kingham had an 8:2 GO/AO ratio and threw 56 of 78 pitches for strikes. In three starts at three different levels since his near perfect debut in the majors, Kingham has allowed 11 runs on 20 hits and five walks in 16.1 innings.

Harrison started at second base and played seven innings in the field. He batted four times, with two fly outs to right field, one fly out to left field and a walk. This was his first game since being injured on April 15th.

Altoona got homers from Jason Martin and Will Craig. Martin’s was his fifth of the season and he now has nine hits over his last four games, and 15 hits over his last six games, collecting at least two hits in every game. Craig’s was his fourth home run of the season, just two fewer than he hit all of last year.

Brandon Waddell pitched in relief and didn’t take well to the different role. He gave up two earned runs on six hits and a walk in three innings.

Jin-De Jhang made his season debut and went 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Bradenton had their game postponed due to rain.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

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West Virginia lost 5-2 to Lakewood in the opener of a doubleheader on Monday. Travis MacGregor started and got hit around for 1.2 innings before being removed. He allowed just two runs, but gave up six hits and a walk, with one strikeout. He got help in the first inning on a running catch by Chris Sharpe with the bases loaded, followed by Sharpe doubling off the runner at second, who thought the ball was going to land.

MacGregor was removed after a visit from the trainer, though it appeared he was done anyway with 39 pitches and the bases loaded. The trainer visit followed a long visit from pitching coach Joel Hanrahan and appeared to just be a stall tactic to get Beau Sulser more warm-up pitches. We will look into it, but nothing looked wrong with MacGregor while watching it live. Sulser (2.1 IP) and Drew Fischer (2 IP) each allowed one earned run.

The Power got on the board right away with singles by Oneil Cruz and Calvin Mitchell. They scored again in the fourth inning with a solo homer from Deon Stafford, his third of the season. That was it though for scoring chances, as Cruz in the first inning was the only runner to get into scoring position. Cruz also added a second single later in the game.

Here’s the boxscore from the MiLB site.

The Power split the doubleheader with a 2-1 win in the night cap. Hunter Stratton started and had his second straight strong outing. He allowed one run (solo homer) on six hits and no walks, with six strikeouts. He threw 56 of 78 pitches for strikes and had a 5:2 GO/AO ratio. Blake Cederlind followed and got the win with two scoreless innings.

The difference in the contest was Rodolfo Castro hitting his fourth home run of the season in the seventh inning. The other run was an RBI double by Raul Hernandez, which scored Ryan Peurifoy in the fifth inning. Chris Sharpe had a single and a walk. Mason Martin and Ben Bengtson each had singles and were throw out stealing, which helped limit the Power to just two at-bats with runners in scoring position all game.

Here’s the boxscore.

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  • Can’t wait to get Harrison back to the top of the batting order. Frazier just isn’t cutting it.