Minor League Schedule: Nick Kingham Tries Again For Season Debut

All four full-season Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates were scheduled to open their season on Thursday night, but Indianapolis and Altoona were rained out. Indianapolis will make the game up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday. West Virginia had their game suspended in the third inning. It will be finished before today’s game, which is now seven innings. Check out the Prospect Watch from last night. For a look at possible starters down the line, check out our Probable Starter Chart.

Chad Kuhl will get the start for Bradenton

Chad Kuhl will get the start for Bradenton

AAA: Indianapolis (0-0) @ Columbus (0-0) 7:15pm
Probable starterCasey Sadler (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis was rained out

Casey Sadler gets the Opening Day assignment for Indianapolis. He made 23 starts for Altoona and one late season start for Indianapolis. Sadler threw a total of 136.1 innings, allowing 123 hits, 12 homers and 43 walks. He had 72 strikeouts, a 1.69 GO/AO ratio and a .244 BAA. In his lone Indianapolis start, he allowed three earned runs over six innings. Check out the Indianapolis season preview.

AA: Altoona (0-0) vs Erie (0-0) 6:30pm
Probable starterNick Kingham (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was rained out

Nick Kingham gets the Opening Day start for Altoona. He split last season between Altoona and Bradenton, making a total of 25 starts and two relief appearances. He pitched a total of 143.1 innings, giving up 125 hits, seven homers and 44 walks. Kingham had 144 strikeouts, a 2.89 ERA and a .233 BAA. He finished second to Tyler Glasnow in strikeouts among all pitchers in the Pirates farm system. Check out the Altoona season preview.

High-A: Bradenton (0-1) @ Charlotte (1-0) 6:30pm 
Probable starter:  Chad Kuhl (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Charlotte 5, Bradenton 4

Chad Kuhl will get the start for Bradenton tonight. He was drafted by the Pirates in the ninth round last year and spent the season with Jamestown. Kuhl made 13 starts there, throwing a total of 55.1 innings, with 53 hits allowed, no homers and six walks. He struck out 33, had a 1.19 GO/AO ratio and a .255 BAA. Kuhl is a 21-year-old right-hander out of the University of Delaware. Check out the Bradenton season preview.

Low-A: West Virginia (0-0) @ Lexington (0-0) 5:05pm DH
Probable starterBuddy Borden (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia’s game was suspended

Buddy Borden will pitch for West Virginia today. It’s possible he could start the completion of yesterday’s game. He was the seventh round draft pick of the Pirates last year. Borden made three starts and three relief appearances for Jamestown. In 16.2 innings, he allowed ten hits, no homers and walked five batters. Borden struck out 23 batters in his short time, while holding hitters to a .169 average. The two teams will finish yesterday’s game prior to the regularly scheduled game. The score will be 2-1 Lexington in the top of the third inning. Check out the West Virginia season preview.

Recent Transactions

3/29: Quincy Latimore and Erick Fernandez released.

3/27: Traded a player to be named later in exchange for Keon Broxton.

3/25: Acquired Vance Worley in exchange for cash.

3/22: Six minor league players released. Carlos Mesa, Cesar Lopez, Axel Diaz, Elvin Ramirez, Kirk Singer and Eliecer Navarro.

3/20 Zac Fuesser, Ethan Hollingsworth, Kevin Kleis and Dalton Friend released.

John Dreker

Author: 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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  • Ian Rothermund

    I watched a few Buddy Borden videos a few weeks ago when I saw the name again. The guy just looks like a pitcher, the motion looked smooth, the fastball crisp, even his change up looked nice. The only real negative comment that I had was that he seemed to have 0 control over his curve. It had nice break, but no accuracy. That being said, I think that’s a good spot to be in. It’s easier to teach (and learn) a breaking ball than it is a change.

    • John Dreker

      The scouting reports on Borden said he will probably end up in the bullpen. He has good size and can hit 95 MPH as a starter, so the thinking is, if he can’t improve his secondary stuff, he should be able to hit 95+ as a reliever in short outings and get by with a curve/change combo that don’t rate too high. Since he did pitch full-time for a major college, you would think he could skip low-A ball as a reliever, but it looks like the Pirates want to see if he can work as a starter first and they are willing to take it slow with him. I like that approach. I’d always try guys like him as starters first and get him as many innings as possible to work on his stuff. If they don’t like his change-up or curve, he will probably be forced to throw it more often(likely 20 times a game). I think that’s a great method, but one that sometimes clouds people’s perception of the players progress. If someone has a below average change-up in the majors, you might see it 4-5 times, but the Pirates like to force them into using the pitch when they normally wouldn’t. That sometimes leads to outings that look worse than they were.

  • glassers

    Very impressive indeed , as long as he throws strikes

  • Honusty

    Lambo not playing for Indi tonight?