Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham Strikes Out Seven in Altoona Debut


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 mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player page.

1. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.65) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.375) – 0-for-3, BB, SB

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-1, 2.83) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.282) – DNP

5. Austin Meadows, CF, 2013 1st Round Pick, Unsigned

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.289) – DNP

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 0.00) – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

9. Reese McGuire, C, 2013 1st Round Pick, Unsigned

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.282) – 1-for-5

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.299) – DNP

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.206) – 0-for-4, SB

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, West Virginia (.324) – DNP

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, West Virginia (.185) – Low-A DL

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (2-5, 4.95) – DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (0-0, 0.00) – DNP

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (0-2, 2.63) – Triple-A DL

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Extended Spring Training

20. Blake Taylor, LHP, Extended Spring Training



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Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, SS (.299) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 BB

Home Runs: Josh Harrison (2)



Box Score

Result: Durham 4, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Kris Johnson, LHP (3.07) – 6.0 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Josh Harrison, SS (.299) – 1-for-3, HR, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers:

Ivan De Jesus, 2B (.317) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Brandon Cumpton was originally scheduled to start today’s game for Indianapolis, but was replaced by Kris Johnson after being promoted to the majors. Johnson has a 3.07 ERA in 67.1 innings, with a 49:25 K/BB ratio this year. Josh Harrison hit his second homer of the year. Felix Pie stole his 26th base of the year.


Nick Kingham struck out seven in 5.2 shutout innings in his Altoona debut.

Nick Kingham struck out seven in 5.2 shutout innings in his Altoona debut.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 4, Trenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (1-0, 0.00) – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.241) – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Gift Ngoepe, SS (.167) – 2-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: Nick Kingham made his Double-A debut, throwing 87 pitches and 54 strikes. Kingham struck out seven on the day, with most of his strikeouts coming off the curveball. He ran into trouble in the sixth inning, leaving two runners on with two outs. Kenn Kasparek came on and gave up a hit, but Mel Rojas preserved the shutout by throwing out a runner at home. Alex Dickerson picked up two doubles, giving him 16 on the year. Dickerson is hitting for a .316/.357/.605 line in 38 at-bats in the month of June.



Bradenton was off for the Florida State League All-Star game. Alen Hanson was the only Marauder in the game, and went 1-for-5 with a three run homer. Gregory Polanco and Nick Kingham were the other Bradenton All-Stars, but both have been promoted to Double-A.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 6, Greensboro 4

Starting Pitcher: Pat Ludwig, RHP (5-0, 2.55) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Max Moroff, SS (.225) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Walker Gourley, RF (.319) – 2-for-4, 2B

D.J. Crumlich, 1B (.252) – 2-for-5, RBI

Game Notes: Due to all of the double headers recently, Pat Ludwig was needed to start for the Power. Ludwig made 20 appearances in relief before this, combining for a 2.17 ERA in 37.1 innings, with a 35:12 K/BB ratio. Barrett Barnes didn’t get a hit, but did steal his seventh base of the year. Max Moroff and Walker Gourley both hit their 9th doubles of the year.

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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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