Prospect Watch: Kingham Pitches a Gem, Marte Strikes Out Three Times


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the mid-season update.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-2, 5.17) – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.43) – DNP

3. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.288) – 0-for-4, 3 K, SB

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.326) – 1-for-6, BB, SB

5. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.274) – Low-A DL

6. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (1-1, 1.13) – DNP

7. Rudy Owens, LHP, Indianapolis (8-4, 3.07) – DNP

8. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (7-5, 3.07) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

9. Robbie Grossman, CF, Altoona (.256) – 2-for-4

10. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.318) – 2-for-7

11. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (1-4, 4.40) – DNP

12. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (2-7, 5.63) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

13. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (7-4, 4.06) – DNP

14. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.245) – 0-for-1

15. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.65) – DNP

16. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.261) – 1-for-4, 2B

17. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.317) – DNP

18. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.282) – 1-for-3, HR, BB

19. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.295) – 1-for-4, 3B

20. Colton Cain, LHP, Bradenton (3-5, 4.22) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (2-7, 5.63) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.219) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B

Home Runs: Jeremy Farrell (4), Jose Osuna (10), Barrett Barnes (4), Eric Wood (1)



Box Score

Result: Gwinnett 8, Indianapolis 5

Starting Pitcher: Jeff Locke, LHP (3.07) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, SS (.219) – 2-for-4, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Jeff Clement, 1B (.300) – 2-for-4, 2B

Starling Marte, RF (.288) – 0-for-4, 3 K, SB

Duke Welker, RHP (2.86) – 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Jeff Locke now has a 3.07 ERA in 105.2 innings, with a 90:26 K/BB ratio. In his last ten starts he has a 3.10 ERA in 58 innings, with a 54:16 K/BB ratio. Starling Marte struck out three times tonight, but stole his 19th base of the year. Marte has a 27% strikeout rate this month, and he’s up to 24% on the season.



Box Score

Result: Richmond 10, Altoona 2

Starting Pitcher: Tim Alderson, RHP (4-4, 4.40) – 2.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeremy Farrell, 1B (.222) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Robbie Grossman, CF (.256) – 2-for-4

Victor Black, RHP (1.38) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: On June 25th, Alderson gave up seven earned runs in 5.2 innings. He followed that with three starts where he combined for three earned runs in 16.2 innings, along with a 16:8 K/BB ratio. He was back to getting hit hard again tonight. For the most part, Alderson has been good this year, but he’s had a few disastrous starts such as this one, so obviously there are some consistency issues. Robbie Grossman continues his impressive hitting. He now has a .322/.447/.496 line in 121 at-bats since his suspension in June.



Box Score

Result: Clearwater 2, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Waldron, RHP (6-7, 4.96) – 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Justin Howard, DH (.309) – 1-for-3

Other Notable Performers

Elevys Gonzalez, 2B (.218) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Tyler Waldron has given up four earned runs in 19 innings over his last three starts, with an 11:5 K/BB ratio. Bradenton’s offense was held to three hits on the night. Justin Howard had one of those hits, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Howard now has a .309/.407/.410 line in 178 at-bats this year. Heading in to tonight’s game he had a .409/.481/.477 line in 44 at-bats in July.



Game One Box Score

Result: Augusta 2, West Virginia 0

Starting Pitcher: Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP (4.46) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR

Top Hitter: Ashley Ponce, SS (.232) – 2-for-3

Other Notable Performers

Alen Hanson, DH (.329) – 1-for-3, BB, SB

Game Notes: Alen Hanson stole his 23rd base of the year. Zack Von Rosenberg has given up five earned runs in 20 innings over his last four starts. The downside to today’s game was that both of his runs came off the long ball. That’s been an issue for Von Rosenberg. He didn’t allow a homer in his last three starts, spanning 14 innings, but gave up three in one game back on June 24th.

Game Two Box Score

Result: West Virginia 2, Augusta 0

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (2-7, 5.63) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Osuna, 1B (.269) – 1-for-3, HR

Other Notable Performers

Gregory Polanco, DH (.318) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Jose Osuna hit his tenth homer of the year, and his fourth in his last ten games.  Coming in to game two, Osuna had a .296/.321/.537 line in 54 at-bats this month, with four homers. Prior to this start, Kingham had given up 19 earned runs in 20 innings in his previous four starts.



Box Score

Result: Mahoning Valley 7, State College 3

Starting Pitcher: Joely Rodriguez, LHP (2.17) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.282) – 1-for-3, HR, BB

Other Notable Performers

D.J. Crumlich, 3B (.322) – 2-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Barrett Barnes hit his fourth homer of the year. Three of those homers have come in his last nine games. In his last ten games he has a .290/.450/.645 line in 31 at-bats. On the season he’s hitting for a .282/.398/.459 line in 85 at-bats. Joely Rodriguez now has a 2.17 ERA in 29 innings, with a 12:8 K/BB ratio. D.J. Crumlich is hitting for a .342/.375/.447 line in 38 at-bats over his last ten games.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 6, Braves 5

Starting Pitcher: Axel Diaz, RHP (4.08) – 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Eric Wood, 3B (.209) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Elvis Escobar, CF (.235) – 2-for-4, 3B

Stetson Allie, 1B (.189) – 2-for-4

Game Notes: Jo-Jo Reyes made a rehab appearance, pitching two shutout innings, while allowing four hits, no walks, and striking out two. Aaron Pribanic also made a rehab appearance, giving up one run on a walk and a hit with two strikeouts over two innings. 2012 sixth round pick Eric Wood hit a walk off two run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was his first professional home run.



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Box Score

Result: Pirates 5, Red Sox 4

Starting Pitcher: Mervin Del Rosario, LHP (4.67) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Adrian De Aza, RF (.250) – 2-for-3, BB



Box Score

Result: Nationals 1, Pirates 0

Starting Pitcher: Ramon Rodriguez, RHP (0-4, 5.77) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Yomifer Polanco, RF (.200) – 1-for-4, 2B

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When does Victor Black get the nod to be promoted? The guy has really put together a nice consistent, healthy year. Congrats Victor!

Lee Young

Good to see a good game from Kingman. I am also happy to see RG continue his resurgence. Free Joely Rodriguez! 🙂

Osuna, Curry, Dickerson….hopefully one of them will become a viable slugging 1bman.

Ian Rothermund

All I can say is that after 20 years of losing, this team finally has a viable farm system. I think I’m going to have to start listening to another radio station because all 93.7 talks about is how there’s no way to know when they’ll be in this position again, so it’s worth it to mortgage some of the future, that the fans deserve this. Personally, I’d say the fans deserve a perennial winner and all around good, consistent team. I’m not really sure how that will be possible if we trade away major pieces of the future. I’ll agree, Cole, Taillon, and Marte aren’t proven at the next level, but does that mean they’re worthless? Yes, there’s no sure thing as far as prospects are concerned. However, if you trade away major farmhands for players that will only be around for even 3 years, what happens in 2 or 3 years? Rather than being in a great potential position, you know exactly where you’ll be….at the bottom of the pile….again. Then, the fans will revolt, citing that they’re returning to their losing ways. Before last season, the consensus was that the Pirates are 2-3 years away. Then they had a good first half last season, and everyone lost track of the plan. If you look at the big picture, to get to the ultimate prize, aren’t they still a year or two away? I would argue that an enormous part of the potential future success lies in the top 5 prospects right now.

What will this team look like if Marte can come in and produce well next year, hit close to .300 with a little pop, not to mention the defense. What will this team look like whenever Cole arrives? What if, god forbid, Grossman really puts it together in AAA next year? There’s a guy right there, that unlike Marte, will most likely be deemed ready for the show if he can produce with a decent average on a consistent basis, as he already brings all of the peripheral abilities and statistics that are holding Marte back from being in Pittsburgh right now.

Not that I even think the Pirates are guilty of overrating their own prospects, however, I think it’s necessary for an organization in their situation to do exactly that. Maybe fans, or writers, have just been spoiled the last few years with drafting so highly. If the Pirates are going to continue to be a moderately successful franchise, it will be a very long time before they have the opportunity to draft the likes of Cole or Taillon. I just wish the people we expect to be in the know would acknowledge how special some of these players are, as well as how dependent the long term success of this franchise is on them.


“What Would Tampa Bay Do”

Lee Young

Just another reason I am glad I don’t get The Fan. I quit listening to sport talk shows years ago.

Ian Rothermund

I’m just in the car all the time for work, and I’m sick of music on the radio. However, lately I’ve found myself going back to it. Before the season started I was really hoping they would bring Rocco out of his baseball hiatus. Because as of now, there are no baseball people on the fan

Lee Young

I too am sick of radio…I play my OWN music in the car…CDs or MP3.

Plus no commercials…:)

Ian Rothermund

My problem is that even if I find it annoying, I compulsively feel the need to be in any potential loop


what is raul fortunato doing?

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