Nick Kingham threw eight shutout innings in his final start of the year for Altoona.

Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham’s Dominating Start Goes Downhill Quick


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. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot. Removing these guys doesn’t mean they have lost prospect status. It is just an attempt to get 20 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the mid-season top 20 update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

2. Austin Meadows, CF, West Virginia – 2-for-4, 2 2B

3. Reese McGuire, C, West Virginia – 0-for-2, BB, RBI

4. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – 5.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

5. Alen Hanson, SS, Altoona – 0-for-3, BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, Altoona – 1-for-3, BB

7. Harold Ramirez, OF, West Virginia – Disabled List (7/7 Update)

8. Cole Tucker, SS, GCL Pirates – DNP

9. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, GCL Pirates -DNP

11. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Altoona – DNP

12. JaCoby Jones, SS, West Virginia – 3-for-5, 2B, SB

13. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

14. Andrew Lambo, OF, Indianapolis – 1-for-3, BB

15. Joely Rodriguez, LHP, Altoona – DNP

16. Michael De La Cruz, OF, GCL Pirates – DNP

17. Trey Supak, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP

18. Buddy Borden, RHP, West Virginia – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

19. Stetson Allie, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-4

20. Gage Hinsz, RHP, GCL Pirates – DNP


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Top Pitcher: Alex McRae, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Ozuna, 2B – 3-for-4, 2 R

Home Runs: Jaff Decker (5)



Box Score

Result: Charlotte 9, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 5.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jaff Decker, LF – 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jose Tabata, RF – 0-for-4

Andrew Lambo, 1B – 1-for-3, BB

Tony Sanchez, C – 1-for-3, 2B

Game Notes: After five dominant innings to start the game, Nick Kingham reverted back to some of his control issues from earlier in the campaign. After walking six total hitters in his first 45 Triple-A innings, Kingham walked five in the sixth inning alone. Between these walks and a bases loaded double, Kingham allowed seven earned runs in the frame, which he was not able to survive. Only ten of his 34 pitches in the sixth inning went for strikes.

After going 11 straight appearance without allowing a run, Wirfin Obispo allowed a run for the third consecutive games in relief.

Andrew Lambo added a single, and has six hits in his first seven games since returning from the DL. Tony Sanchez broke a three-game hitless streak with a double. The mini slump for Sanchez came after having a seven-game hitting streak. – Ryan Palencer



Box Score

Result: Bowie 9, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Jhonathan Ramos, LHP – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 3B – 2-for-4, 2B, R

Other Notable Performers:

Alen Hanson, SS – 0-for-3, BB

Josh Bell, DH – 1-for-3, BB

Elias Diaz, C – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Game Notes: Altoona put up huge numbers on offense the last two games against New Britain, but tonight was Bowie’s turn to put up the crooked numbers. Starter Jhonathan Ramos allowed eight runs(three earned) on nine hits in five innings. Dan Gamache had two errors and Willy Garcia committed his tenth error. Elias Diaz had the only RBI, while Gamache scored the only run. Josh Bell went 1-for-3, giving him a .167 average through his first eight games with Altoona. He has five singles and four walks.



Box Score

Result: Lakeland 4, Bradenton 3

Starting Pitcher: Shane Carle, RHP –  7.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Maffei, CF – 2-for-3, RBI, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-4, 2B

Jin-De Jhang, C – 2-for-3, 3B, RBI

Game Notes: Shane Carle went seven innings in a loss to Lakeland on Thursday. He allowed three earned runs, with no walks and five strikeouts in his third start since being promoted from West Virginia. It was his longest outing with Bradenton and the third time he went seven innings this year. The Marauders had 11 hits, including two doubles and two triples. Catcher Jin-De Jhang has had a recent hot streak, boosting his average to .230 with a 2-for-3 in this game. He is hitting .324 in his last ten games. It looks like his bat might be finally adjusting to skipping over a level this year. Jhang is still only 21 years old, so it’s too soon  to judge him based on poor early results from an advanced placement this season.



Box Score

Result: Hickory 4, West Virginia 1

Starting Pitcher: Buddy Borden, RHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: JaCoby Jones, SS – 3-for-5, 2B, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Reese McGuire, C – 0-for-2, RBI, BB

Game Notes: Austin Meadows had two doubles on Thursday, one day after collecting his first extra-base hit with West Virginia. In ten games, he has 15 hits, giving him a .349 average. Meadows is 8-for-16 with runners on base for West Virginia, but surprisingly he hasn’t driven in a run yet. JaCoby Jones collected his 16th double and stole his 16th base. Buddy Borden bounced back from a rough start in which he gave up four runs and five walks in three innings. On Thursday, he went five innings, allowing two runs and he picked up seven strikeouts.



Game One Box Score

Result:  Jamestown 3, Batavia 1

Starting Pitcher: Alex McRae, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Kevin Krause, C – 2-for-3, 2B, SB, R

Other Notable Performers:

Jordan Luplow, RF – 1-for-4

Erik Forgione, SS – 1-for-3, RBI, SB

Game Notes: Jamestown won the opener of Thursday’s doubleheader against Batavia behind strong pitching from Alex McRae. The tenth round draft pick threw five shutout innings, giving up two hits and hitting one batter. Sam Street threw two innings to pick up the save. He allowed his first run of the season, breaking a string of 13 straight shutout innings to open up his career. Street gave up four hits, equaling the amount of hits/walks he allowed in his first seven appearances. Five different Jamestown players stole a base, including the 12th of the season from Carl Anderson.

Game Two Box Score

Result:  Batavia 10, Jamestown 0

Starting Pitcher: Jose Regalado, RHP – 2.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Elvis Escobar, CF – 1-for-3, 3B

Other Notable Performers:

Michael Suchy, RF – 1-for-3

Game Notes: In game two, Jose Regalado made his first start of the season and it was a disaster, giving up five runs on eight hits and two innings. He had pitched 17.1 innings this year over nine appearances, yet he still has a 5-3 record, picking up a decision in all but one of his relief outings. Jamestown had just two hits in the game and their first 12 hitters were retired in order. Michael Suchy had a fifth inning single and Elvis Escobar added a one out triple in the sixth inning.



Box Score

Result: Bristol 5, Pulaski 0

Starting Pitcher: Junior Lopez, RHP – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Ozuna, 2B – 3-for-4, 2 R

Other Notable Performers:

John Sever, LHP – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Candon Myles, LF – 2-for-4, 2 R

Eduardo Figueroa, CF – 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Starter Junior Lopez pitched brilliantly for Bristol, allowing two hits and no walks over five shutout innings. Due to a caught stealing and a double play, he faced the minimum of 15 batters and had a 10/1 GO/AO ratio. Reliever John Sever had an incredible performance, throwing three shutout innings, striking out seven batters. He has started his career with 22 strikeouts over 13.2 innings in which he has yet to allow an earned run. The 8-9 hitters in the lineup, Carlos Ozuna and Candon Myles, combined for five hits and four runs scored. Jerrick Suiter drew three walks, giving him a .449 OPS in his first 20 games.



The GCL Pirates were rained out.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Angels 0

Starting Pitcher: Nestor Oronel, RHP – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Victor Fernandez, CF – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB, HBP

Other Notable Performers:

Raul Siri, DH – 0-for-1, 3 BB, 2 SB

Luis Perez, 2B – 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SB

Eliezer Ramirez, RF – 0-for-2, 3 BB

Edison Lantigua, LF – 0-for-3, 3 BB

Game Notes: The Pirates won 6-0 thanks in part to some wildness from Angels’ pitchers, who allowed 13 walks and hit four batters. Edison Lantigua, Eliezer Ramirez and Raul Siri each had three walks. Luis Perez had two walks, a single and scored two runs. The Pirates had six stolen bases, including two each by Siri and Perez. As bad as the Angels pitchers were with their control, the Pirates pitchers were throwing strikes all game. Starter Nestor Oronel threw five scoreless innings, spreading out five singles and a walk. Three relievers finished off the shutout. Pirates pitchers had just two strikeouts in the game.

You can check out the DSL Pirates week seven recap here.

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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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  • Andrew

    I hope there wasn’t a loss of velocity that accompanied Kingham’s inability to locate.

    • Matt Slaba

      Just as we’ll send him to Dr. Andrews and have the surgery ASAP.

  • freddylang

    Why would you leave a minor leaguer in to walk 5 guys after 5 strong ip. I would be hooking him after 3 walks in the 6th. He had only thrown 50 pitches going into the 6th but I don’t get it.

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