Prospect Watch: Good Starts From Kingham, Waldron; Rojas and Osuna Homer


A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings from the 2012 Prospect Guide, which can be purchased here.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (2-1, 2.92) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-3, 2.55) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.246) - 1-for-4, BB

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

5. Luis Heredia, RHP (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.219) - 0-for-3, BB

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.252) - 2-for-3, BB, SB

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-0, 54.00) - Extended Spring Training

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (No Stats) - AAA DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (1-2, 5.82) - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR


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Top Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (4.22) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.284) – 3-for-4, HR

Home Runs: Mel Rojas (1), Jose Osuna (2)


Box Score

Result: Buffalo 11, Indianapolis 6

Starting Pitcher: Justin Wilson, LHP (3.66) – 3.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Jake Fox, LF (.284) – 2-for-4, BB, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Larish, 1B (.214) – 2-for-5

Matt Hague, 3B (.280) – 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB

Bryan Morris, RHP (1-1, 3.33) – 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR

Evan Meek, RHP (0.00) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game report.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 6, Erie 3

Starting Pitcher: Shairon Martis, RHP (2-0, 2.00) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Miles Durham, RF (.353) – 2-for-3, 3B, SB

Other Notable Performers

Jarek Cunningham, 2B (.256) – 1-for-3, 2B, SB

Tony Sanchez, C (.252) – 2-for-3, BB, SB

Victor Black, RHP (1.89) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: For his second straight game since returning from the DL, Jarek Cunningham went 1-for-3 with a double. He has just 43 at-bats this year, but has a .256/.333/.442 line in that time. On the season, Victor Black has a 1.89 ERA in 19 innings, with an impressive 23:7 K/BB ratio.


Box Score

Result: Bradenton 3, Dunedin 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (4.22) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Mel Rojas, CF (.284) – 3-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.262) – 3-for-4

Game Notes: Mel Rojas hit his first homer of the year in a three hit night, and also had an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at home. Rojas is now hitting for a .284/.335/.389 line in 162 at-bats. Tyler Waldron bounced back from a bad outing his last time out. He gave up four runs on ten hits in five innings last time. This was the fifth time in seven starts this year that he’s allowed two or fewer runs in five or more innings. In the month of May he has a 2.74 ERA in 23 innings, with a 14:3 K/BB ratio over four starts.


Box Score

Result: Greenville 7, West Virginia 3

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (5.82) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.284) – 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Robby Rowland, RHP (9.00) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Nick Kingham had his best start of the year, and pitched six innings for just the second time in his career. In his last three starts he has a 2.51 ERA in 14.1 innings, with a 16:0 K/BB ratio. Jose Osuna hit his second homer of the year, and his 15th double. Alen Hanson went 0-for-3, but drew two walks and stole his 13th base of the season. Gregory Polanco went 0-for-4, snapping his 11 game hitting streak. Robby Rowland, who the Pirates acquired from Arizona for Brett Lorin, made his debut with the Pirates.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 22-20

AA: Altoona Curve – 18-22

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 19-23

A: West Virginia Power – 13-29

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Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • szielinski

    I volunteer to pitch in late inning relief for the Power. Could I be any worse?

    • Lee Young




  • Lee Young

    Good news on Kingham. Hopefully, Rojas and Osuna will keep hitting, esp for extra base power.

    I see the Cards are bringing up Matt Adams, a slugging/avg type first baseman, who they picked up in the 22nd round. Why can’t we ever get lucky and draft these types of guys?

    • john.alcorn

      Because apparently we don’t scout New Castle. Its annoying to see a sleeper in your backyard get away.

      • john.alcorn

        Meant to say Slippery Rock, my bad, but point stands.

  • Patrick Kelly

    My prospect man crush on Jose Osuna continues to grow. He was a sleeper pick of mine to eek up into the top 10-12, maybe higher, on the Bucs prospect list.

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