Jeff Roy had a big day reaching base four times and being selected for the NYLP All-Star game (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Prospect Watch: Indianapolis Pitchers Strike Out 15 In Blowout Loss


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 (4-7, 3.67) -DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.267) – 0-for-4

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (8-2, 2.24) – DNP

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona (.143) – 0-for-4

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.291) –  DNP

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.280) – 1-for-5, RBI

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-3, 3.02) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (3-3, 4.08) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.368) –  DNP

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.269) – DNP

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.288) – In Majors

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.261) – Low-A DL

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.238) – DNP

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (4-5, 4.27) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-4, 3.20) – 6.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 2 HR

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.31) – In Majors

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.322) – 1-for-4, RBI, BB, SB

20. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-1, 0.82) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (3.02) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Jeff Roy, CF (.358) – 2-for-3, 3 RBI, 2 BB, SB

Home Runs: None



Box Score

Result: Louisville 7, Indianapolis 0

Starting Pitcher: Stolmy Pimentel, RHP (3.20) – 6.0 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Robert Andino, SS (.286) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Andrew Lambo, RF (.268) – 1-for-3, 2B

Jerry Sands, LF (.217) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Prior to today’s game, Stolmy Pimentel had allowed four earned runs over his last four starts combined. He had a couple poor outings before that, but also looked very strong in his other three AAA starts. Louisville jumped on him early today, scoring four runs in the first inning, followed by another two in the second. He was able to get through six innings though, allowing just one more run that came in the sixth, so he settled down and gave the bullpen a break. Pimentel also struck out eight batters in an otherwise disappointing outing. Even the relievers got in on the action, with Atahualpa Severino striking out four batters in two innings and Duke Welker K’d the side in the ninth. Andrew Lambo had the only extra base hit for Indianapolis, a double in the first inning off Jonathan Broxton. It was the 22nd double and 55th extra base hit on the year for Lambo. Robert Andino had two hits in his second game since joining Indianapolis.



Box Score

Result: Akron 6, Altoona

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (3.02) – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adalberto Santos, DH (.290) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS (.143) – 0-for-4

Gregory Polanco, CF (.267) – 0-for-4

Game Notes: Nick Kingham gave up two runs over five innings in a shaky outing. He night was limited by a high pitch count and he allowed ten base runners. In his last start, he walked six batters so his command has been off lately. It is the fourth straight game that he has walked at least three hitters after walking 14 batters in 13 starts with Bradenton. Kingham hasn’t allowed a home run in any of his last eight games. Adalberto Santos led the offense with two hits and two RBI’s. He has slowly raised his average to the .290 mark with a ten game hit streak. Alex Dickerson hit his 31st double of the season. Justin Howard had two hits, giving him four straight multi-hit games and an eight game hit streak.



Bradenton had their doubleheader today rained out.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 5, Lakewood 4

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (4.27) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter:  Eric Wood, 3B (.264) – 2-for-3, 2 RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Josh Bell, RF (.280) – 1-for-5, RBI

Walker Gourley, 3B (.328) – 2-for-5, RBI

Game Notes: Clay Holmes had one bad inning today, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk in the third inning. He allowed three base runners in the other four innings combined. Holmes kept the ball on the ground, getting nine ground ball outs and he hasn’t allowed a home run in his last nine appearances, covering a total of 43.1 innings. West Virginia scored in each of the first three innings, then the offense went quiet until the bottom of ninth. With the game tied 4-4, Kawika Emsley-Pai reached with a lead-off walk. He was bunted over the second, then after a Max Moroff walk, Walker Gourley reach on an infield hit. Josh Bell came up with the bases loaded and grounded out to shortstop. On the throw to second base for an attempted double play, the ball was dropped and Emsley-Pai scored the winning run. Jhondaniel Medina threw two shutout innings and picked up the win. The victory was the 13th straight at home for the Power.



Jeff Roy had a big day reaching base four times and being selected for the NYLP All-Star game (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Jeff Roy had a big day reaching base four times and he was selected for the NYPL All-Star game (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Box Score

Result: Jamestown 9, Brooklyn 5

Starting Pitcher: Isaac Sanchez, RHP (3.76) – 4.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Roy, CF (.358) – 2-for-3, 3 RBI, 2 BB, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Harold Ramirez, CF (.322) – 1-for-4, RBI, BB, SB

Andrew Dennis, C (.241) – 2-for-3, 2 BB

Game Notes: Jamestown starter Isaac Sanchez has been pitching well most of the season and he started off with three scoreless innings today. In the fourth he gave up two runs, then Brooklyn plated another three in the fifth inning, knocking him out of the game early. The Jamestown bats let Sanchez off the hook as the scored five in the bottom of the fifth and added another two in the seventh for the 9-5 win. Jammers hitters combined for 12 hits(all singles) and eight walks, with everyone in the lineup collecting at least one hit. Jeff Roy reached base four times, had three RBI’s and stole his 20th base. Harold Ramirez picked up his 19th steal. Buddy Borden became the last Pirates draft pick from this year to make his season debut. He threw a scoreless inning in the sixth, walking one and striking out two batters. Axel Diaz picked up the win despite pitching only 2/3 of an inning and allowing all three inherited runners to score.


The GCL Pirates were off today.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • Michael Alexander

    Curious about Kingham- is the control issue something that pitchers at his stage in development go through? His walk rates were pretty solid at the lower levels. Granted, it’s just a bad month, but any thoughts on why the control stuff is starting up?

  • CalipariFan506

    Kingham is struggling relatively speaking when compared to how he pitched through June and the expectations he has created. He really isn’t pitching that terribly in AA.

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