Minor League Schedule: Nick Kingham Looks to Continue AAA Success

Six games on the schedule today, with two afternoon start times. Both the GCL and DSL Pirates are off on Sundays. Check out the Prospect Watch from last night. For a look at possible starters down the line, check out our Probable Starter Chart. All minor league transactions over the last month can be found at the bottom of the page. Click the link on each pitcher’s name for more information.      

Nick Kingham has pitched great in three starts with Indy

Nick Kingham has pitched great in three starts with Indy

 

AAA: Indianapolis (47-35) @ Louisville (41-41) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (2-0, 0.44)
Yesterday’s Result: Louisville 2, Indianapolis 1

Nick Kingham will get his fourth start for Indianapolis tonight after beginning the year with Altoona. He has thrown 20.2 innings for Indianapolis, allowing 11 hits, no homers and three walks. He has 15 strikeouts, a 1.44 GO/AO ratio and a .157 BAA.  Kingham made 12 starts for Altoona this season, posting a 3.04 ERA in 71 innings.

AA: Altoona (29-51) vs Binghamton (47-33) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Pat Ludwig (0-2, 5.54)
Yesterday’s Result: Binghamton 8, Altoona 7

Pat Ludwig will make his third start for Altoona tonight. He has also pitched once in relief for the Curve. He went five innings in his last start, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk. Ludwig allowed one run over five innings in his first start.  Before joining Altoona, he made four starts and 11 relief appearances for Bradenton. He has thrown a total of 63 innings this year, giving up 74 hits, nine homers and 16 walks. Ludwig has 46 strikeouts, a 1.25 GO/AO ratio and a .290 BAA

High-A: Bradenton (41-37, 6-3 2nd half) @ St Lucie (45-32) 1:00pm
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (4-3, 3.68)
Yesterday’s Result: St Lucie 4, Bradenton 3

Jason Creasy will make his 17th start of the season this afternoon. He has thrown 78.1 innings, giving up 83 hits, five homers and 13 walks. He has 55 strikeouts, a 1.14 GO/AO ratio and a .277 BAA. In his last start, Creasy allowed one run on eight hits and no walks over seven innings. He has a 3.65 ERA in ten starts on the road.

Low-A: West Virginia (28-50, 7-2 2nd half) vs Lakewood (28-51) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Von Rosenberg (0-0, 2.25) Justin Topa (3-4, 6.31)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 4, Lakewood 3

Justin Topa is now listed as today’s starter for West Virginia, replacing Zack Von Rosenberg, who will likely pitch in relief following Topa.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (8-8) @ Mahoning Valley (5-11) 5:05pm
Probable Starter: Marek Minarik (0-1, 1.38)
Yesterday’s ResultJamestown 12, Mahoning Valley 5

Marek Minarik will make his fourth start of the season tonight.  He threw five shutout innings in his last game. In his season debut, he had four shutout innings. Minarik has pitched 13 innings, allowing seven hits, ten walks and no homers. He has six strikeouts, a 1.58 GO/AO ratio and a .159 BAA.

RK: Bristol (2-6) @ Elizabethton (5-4) 6:00pm
Probable Starter: Hector Garcia (0-1, 3.60
Yesterday’s Result: Elizabethton 6, Bristol 0

Hector Garcia will make his second start of the season tonight. He went five innings in his debut, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks, with six strikeouts. The 18-year-old lefty pitched in the DSL last season after signing for a $190,000 bonus. Check out the Bristol Pirates season preview.

GCL: Pirates (3-5) vs Yankees2 (3-5) 12:00pm 6/30
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 4, Astros 3

Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.

DSL: Pirates (8-17) vs  Phillies (8-17) 10:30am 6/30

Yesterday’s Result:  Pirates 9, Phillies 6

Check out the DSL Pirates third week recap.

Recent Transactions

6/28: Stetson Allie activated from disabled list.

6/28: Omir Santos activated from disabled list. Brent Morel placed on disabled list.

6/28: JaCoby Jones activated from disabled list. Wyatt Mathisen placed on disabled list.

6/28: Nate Baker and Dan Gamache assigned to Jamestown on rehab.

6/28: Pirates release Alexander Gutierrez.

6/27: Jandy Vasquez played on 60-day disabled list.

6/26: Dan Gamache assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.

6/26: Adalberto Santos traded to San Francisco Giants.

6/26: Danny Collins placed on disabled list. Justin Topa activated from West Virginia disabled list.

6/25: John Holdzkom assigned to Altoona roster.

6/25: Walker Gourley activated from Bradenton disabled list.

6/25: A.J. Morris placed on disabled list. Jhonathan Ramos promoted to Indianapolis.

6/24: Nate Baker added to GCL roster on rehab assignment.

6/23: JaCoby Jones and Justin Topa placed on West Virginia disabled list. Zack Von Rosenberg activated from disabled list.

6/23: Jeff Roy and Ashley Ponce sent to West Virginia. Candon Myles sent to Jamestown.

6/23: Ulises Montilla added to 60-day disabled list.

6/21: Jason Townsend assigned to Altoona from Jamestown. Matt Benedict sent to Bradenton.

6/20: Stetson Allie placed on disabled list. Kelson Brown activated from disabled list.

6/20: Carlos Paulino assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.

6/20: Jake Brigham activated from disabled list.

6/19: Jared LaKind assigned to Jamestown

6/18: Pirates release Cody Eppley.

6/17: Jason Townsend sent to Jamestown on rehab assignment.

6/12: Nick Kingham promoted to Indianapolis. Kenn Kasparek added to Altoona roster.

6/12: Pat Ludwig promoted to Altoona. Robby Rowland activated from Bradenton disabled list.

6/10: Gregory Polanco promoted to Majors. Brent Morel activated from disabled list.

6/9: Pirates release Cameron Griffin, Mitch Slauter, Mike Spano and Beau Wallace.

6/8: Walker Gourley placed on disabled list. D.J. Crumlich activated from Bradenton disabled list.

6/6: Stolmy Pimentel assigned to Altoona on rehab.

6/6: A.J. Morris promoted to Indianapolis.

6/6: Chris Dickerson activated from disabled list. Jake Brigham placed on disabled list.

6/5: Vin Mazzaro assigned to Indianapolis.

6/5: Yao-Hsun Yang added to Altoona roster. Tyler Sample placed on disabled list.

6/5: Robby Rowland placed on disabled list. Jeff Inman assigned to Bradenton roster.

6/4: Luis Heredia activated from disabled list. Miguel Rosario assigned to Jamestown roster.

6/3: Jose Osuna and Jordan Steranka activated from Bradenton disabled list. D.J. Crumlich and Ashley Ponce placed on disabled list.

6/3: Wirfin Obispo assigned to Indianapolis.

6/2: Stolmy Pimentel assigned to Bradenton on rehab.

5/31: Brent Morel placed on disabled list.

5/31: Junior Sosa added to Altoona roster.

5/30: Eight players released from DSL roster.

5/30: Mel Rojas Jr. promoted to Indianapolis. Chris Dickerson placed on disabled list.

5/30: Brandon Mann released. Ryan Beckman added to Altoona roster.

5/30: Kenn Kasparek added to Indianapolis roster.

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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