Prospect Watch: Kingham Pitches a Gem, Marte Strikes Out Three Times

TOP OF THE SYSTEM

A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the mid-season update.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-2, 5.17) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.43) - DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.288) - 0-for-4, 3 K, SB

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.326) - 1-for-6, BB, SB

5. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.274) - Low-A DL

6. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (1-1, 1.13) - DNP

7. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (8-4, 3.07) - DNP

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (7-5, 3.07) - 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

9. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.256) - 2-for-4

10. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.318) - 2-for-7

11. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (1-4, 4.40) - DNP

12. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (2-7, 5.63) - 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

13. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (7-4, 4.06) - DNP

14. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.245) - 0-for-1

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.65) - DNP

16. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.261) - 1-for-4, 2B

17. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.317) - DNP

18. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.282) - 1-for-3, HR, BB

19. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.295) - 1-for-4, 3B

20. Colton Cain, LHP, Bradenton (3-5, 4.22) – DNP

 

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DAILY SUMMARY

Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (2-7, 5.63) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.219) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B

Home Runs: Jeremy Farrell (4), Jose Osuna (10), Barrett Barnes (4), Eric Wood (1)

 

AAA: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Box Score

Result: Gwinnett 8, Indianapolis 5

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (3.07) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.219) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Clement, 1B (.300) – 2-for-4, 2B

Starling Marte, RF (.288) – 0-for-4, 3 K, SB

Duke Welker, RHP (2.86) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jeff Locke now has a 3.07 ERA in 105.2 innings, with a 90:26 K/BB ratio. In his last ten starts he has a 3.10 ERA in 58 innings, with a 54:16 K/BB ratio. Starling Marte struck out three times tonight, but stole his 19th base of the year. Marte has a 27% strikeout rate this month, and he’s up to 24% on the season.

 

AA: ALTOONA CURVE

Box Score

Result: Richmond 10, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Tim Alderson, RHP (4-4, 4.40) – 2.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeremy Farrell, 1B (.222) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, CF (.256) – 2-for-4

Victor Black, RHP (1.38) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: On June 25th, Alderson gave up seven earned runs in 5.2 innings. He followed that with three starts where he combined for three earned runs in 16.2 innings, along with a 16:8 K/BB ratio. He was back to getting hit hard again tonight. For the most part, Alderson has been good this year, but he’s had a few disastrous starts such as this one, so obviously there are some consistency issues. Robbie Grossman continues his impressive hitting. He now has a .322/.447/.496 line in 121 at-bats since his suspension in June.

 

A+: BRADENTON MARAUDERS

Box Score

Result: Clearwater 2, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (6-7, 4.96) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, DH (.309) – 1-for-3

Other Notable Performers

Elevys Gonzalez, 2B (.218) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Tyler Waldron has given up four earned runs in 19 innings over his last three starts, with an 11:5 K/BB ratio. Bradenton’s offense was held to three hits on the night. Justin Howard had one of those hits, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Howard now has a .309/.407/.410 line in 178 at-bats this year. Heading in to tonight’s game he had a .409/.481/.477 line in 44 at-bats in July.

 

A: WEST VIRGINIA POWER

Game One Box Score

Result: Augusta 2, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (4.46) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Ashley Ponce, SS (.232) – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, DH (.329) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: Alen Hanson stole his 23rd base of the year. Zack Von Rosenberg has given up five earned runs in 20 innings over his last four starts. The downside to today’s game was that both of his runs came off the long ball. That’s been an issue for Von Rosenberg. He didn’t allow a homer in his last three starts, spanning 14 innings, but gave up three in one game back on June 24th.

Game Two Box Score

Result: West Virginia 2, Augusta 0

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (2-7, 5.63) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.269) – 1-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, DH (.318) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Jose Osuna hit his tenth homer of the year, and his fourth in his last ten games.  Coming in to game two, Osuna had a .296/.321/.537 line in 54 at-bats this month, with four homers. Prior to this start, Kingham had given up 19 earned runs in 20 innings in his previous four starts.

 

A-: STATE COLLEGE SPIKES

Box Score

Result: Mahoning Valley 7, State College 3

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (2.17) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.282) – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers

D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.322) – 2-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Barrett Barnes hit his fourth homer of the year. Three of those homers have come in his last nine games. In his last ten games he has a .290/.450/.645 line in 31 at-bats. On the season he’s hitting for a .282/.398/.459 line in 85 at-bats. Joely Rodriguez now has a 2.17 ERA in 29 innings, with a 12:8 K/BB ratio. D.J. Crumlich is hitting for a .342/.375/.447 line in 38 at-bats over his last ten games.

 

RK: GCL PIRATES

Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Braves 5

Starting Pitcher: Axel Diaz, RHP (4.08) – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Wood, 3B (.209) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Elvis Escobar, CF (.235) – 2-for-4, 3B

Stetson Allie, 1B (.189) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Jo-Jo Reyes made a rehab appearance, pitching two shutout innings, while allowing four hits, no walks, and striking out two. Aaron Pribanic also made a rehab appearance, giving up one run on a walk and a hit with two strikeouts over two innings. 2012 sixth round pick Eric Wood hit a walk off two run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was his first professional home run.

 

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE

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RK: DSL PIRATES1

Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Red Sox 4

Starting Pitcher: Mervin Del Rosario, LHP (4.67) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adrian De Aza, RF (.250) – 2-for-3, BB

 

RK: DSL PIRATES2

Box Score

Result: Nationals 1, Pirates 0

Starting Pitcher: Ramon Rodriguez, RHP (0-4, 5.77) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yomifer Polanco, RF (.200) – 1-for-4, 2B

Author: 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 AccuScore.com, 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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