Prospect Watch: Alderson Struggles, Kingham Has Decent Start


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 (4-1, 2.53) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (3-5, 3.57) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF (.265) - 0-for-4, BB, 2 K

4. Josh Bell, RF (.274) - Low-A DL

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

6. Robbie Grossman, CF (.217) - DNP

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.250) - DNP

8. Stetson Allie, 3B (No Stats) - Extended Spring Training

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

10. Nick Kingham, RHP (1-4, 5.51) - 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR


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Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, LHP (1-4, 5.51) – 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, LF (.276) – 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 BB, 2 SB

Home Runs: Chase d’Arnaud (1)


Box Score

Result: Pawtucket 6, Indianapolis 5

Starting Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (1.46) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez, LF (.276) – 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 BB, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers

Bryan Morris, RHP (2.72) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.212) – 1-for-5, HR

Jeff Clement, DH (.321) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Chase d’Arnaud hit his first homer of the year. Gorkys Hernandez had a big game with two doubles, two walks, and two stolen bases in his first game since returning to Triple-A. Indianapolis combined to steal six bases off Pawtucket, with two steals each from Hernandez, Brian Friday, and Yamaico Navarro. Bryan Morris now has a 2.72 ERA in 36.1 innings, with a 37:8 K/BB ratio.


Box Score

Result: Reading 7, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Tim Alderson, RHP (3-2, 3.09) – 5.0 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.299) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Ramon Cabrera, C (.243) – 2-for-4

Victor Black, RHP (1.80) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Tim Alderson had his worst start since moving to the rotation. Previously he had a 2.78 ERA in 22.2 innings, never giving up more than three earned runs. Victor Black now has a 1.80 ERA in 25 innings, with a 31:13 K/BB ratio this season. Ramon Cabrera’s two hit night snapped a six game hitless streak.


Box Score

Result: Daytona 4, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Chris Leroux, RHP (0-1, 3.00) – 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Drew Maggi, 2B (.253) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Carlos Paulino, C (.242) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Chris Leroux made a rehab start, throwing three innings. His next appearance will be in Indianapolis. Bradenton’s offense only had three hits, with two coming from Maggi, and one coming from Paulino. Alex Dickerson, who went 8-for-11 with two doubles, a triple, and two homers in his last two games, went 0-for-3.


Box Score

Result: Delmarva 4, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, LHP (1-4, 5.51) – 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.328) – 2-for-5, SB

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, CF (.313) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB

Game Notes: Hanson snapped a rough three game stretch where he went 0-for-13 with eight strikeouts. His stolen base gives him 15 on the season. Kingham’s two runs came in the fourth inning. They both came off solo homers. Kingham has given up five homers in his last two games, after six in his first ten games.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 7, Mets 5

Starting Pitcher: Mervin Del Rosario, RHP (5.40) – 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Esqueda, 2B (.333) – 3-for-4

Game Notes: Del Rosario made his first start of the year after putting up a 3.53 ERA in 51 innings last year.


Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Mets 3

Starting Pitcher: Remy De Aza, RHP (0.00) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yunerky Adames, 1B (.444) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Pablo Reyes, SS (.545) – 4-for-4, 2B, SB

Game Notes: De Aza and Reyes are both rookies in the DSL. Reyes is off to a good start at the plate, going 6-for-11 in three games.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 34-25

AA: Altoona Curve – 27-30

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 25-35

A: West Virginia Power – 19-41

RK: DSL Pirates1 – 2-2

RK: DSL Pirates2 – 2-2

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Tim Williams

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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  • Jeremiah2911

    Tim, when’s josh bell suppose to be back

  • Ian Rothermund

    really liking Kingham’s K/BB he’s building up

  • Vince Riedy

    Saw Alderson pitch last night and he got hit hard and often. His fastball according to the stadium gun was in the 88-90mph so for him that is decent velocity. He was not getting the ball down and that led to a lot of line drives. His fastball was up in the zone and he was hanging his breaking stuff. There was very little movement on his pitches. Hopefully this was just a bad outing and not a regression.

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