Prospect Watch: Kingham Strikes Out 13, Morton Goes Six in Rehab Start


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. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be found by clicking the player names below. Players who weren’t in the original top 20 are linked to their player page on the site.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Indianapolis (2-1, 2.31) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (2-2, 3.03) - DNP

3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.329) - 0-for-4

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.256) – 0-for-4

5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.268) - 2-for-4

7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.182) – DNP

8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (0-0, 2.40) - DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 19.29) - Triple-A DL

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, Bradenton (2-2, 3.04) - 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 13 K, 0 HR

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (1-2, 3.91) - DNP

12. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.266) – 2-for-4, 2B

13. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.250) - DNP

14. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 1.42) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) - DNP

16. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Bradenton (0-0, 4.86) - DNP

17. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-1, 2.70) - DNP

18. Andy Oliver, LHP, Indianapolis (1-1, 3.76) - DNP

19. Jin-De Jhang, C, Extended Spring Training

20. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 0.39) - DNP



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Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (2-2, 3.04) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 13 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, SS-RF (.354) – 2-for-4, HR

Home Runs: Andy Vasquez (2)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 5, Gwinnett 2

Starting Pitcher: Brooks Brown, RHP (1.80) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Matt Hague, 1B (.326) – 2-for-3, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Ryan Reid, RHP (4-0, 0.60) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Bryan Morris, RHP (1.42) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Ivan De Jesus, 3B (.324) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Brooks Brown and Ryan Reid combined for seven shutout innings. Reid now has one earned run in 15 innings this year, with a 17:4 K/BB ratio. Matt Hague is now hitting for a .326/.398/.419 line in 86 at-bats. Today was the third start for Ivan De Jesus since April 18th. He’s been forced out of the lineup ever since Josh Harrison was sent down to Triple-A. Bryan Morris has given up one earned run in 6.1 innings this year in Triple-A.



Box Score

Result:  Altoona 3, Erie 1

Starting Pitcher: Charlie Morton, RHP (1-0, 0.90) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, SS-RF (.354) – 2-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers:

Oscar Tejeda, 3B (.500) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Charlie Morton made his third rehab start, and his second for Altoona. Morton threw 70 pitches in six innings, with 48 of those pitches going for strikes. He was replaced by Jhonathan Ramos, who pitched 1.2 shutout innings. Tim Alderson closed out the game with 1.1 shutout innings. Andy Vasquez hit his second homer of the year. Vasquez is now hitting for a .354/.392/.521 line in 48 at-bats.


Nick Kingham struck out 13 tonight.

Nick Kingham struck out 13 tonight.


Box Score

Result:  Bradenton 4, Brevard County 1

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (2-2, 3.04) – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 13 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Taylor Lewis, LF (.208) – 2-for-4, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Osuna, 1B (.277) – 2-for-3, BB

Willy Garcia, RF (.235) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Nick Kingham set a Bradenton Marauders record by striking out 13 in six innings. It was also a career high for Kingham. I interviewed Kingham for the Pirates Prospects podcast last week, after his last start and before this start. Kingham talked about his stuff this year and his approach, noting that each game he plays a game to challenge himself. Obviously tonight’s game was “dominate every hitter”. In his last three starts he has given up two earned runs in 17 innings, with a 26:1 K/BB ratio. Jose Osuna is 15 for 36 in his last ten games, with four multi-hit games.



Box Score

Result:  Savannah 3, West Virginia 2

Starting Pitcher: John Kuchno, RHP (5.14) – 4.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dilson Herrera, 2B (.266) – 2-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF (.268) – 2-for-4

Stetson Allie, 1B (.348) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: John Kuchno has given up two earned runs in 13.2 innings over his last three starts. He’s dealt with some control problems, with a 7:7 K/BB ratio in that span. On the season he has a 15:15 K/BB ratio in 21 innings. Josh Bell has a .286/.311/.476 line in 42 at-bats over his last ten games. He hasn’t been drawing a lot of walks this year, but is hitting and hitting for some power.

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  • Steve Zielinski

    Did you catch Kingham’s start?

  • emjayinTN

    Nice things starting to happen for the Marauders, and this start by Kingham is very top shelf. Outrageous numbers in his last 17 IP – 26 K/1W. Where is his velocity; I think he was hitting 95 last year and is still only 21 so he may grow into a click or two higher – a great 4th Round selection.

  • Ian Rothermund

    Great stuff from Kingham. Also, any word on Morton’s stuff last night? In his last start, they were talking about him getting up into the mid 90’s, was he Ble to repeat that?

  • wkkortas

    Out of curiousity, how many pitches did Kingham throw?

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