Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham, Tyler Glasnow, and Jon Sandfort Have Strong Starts


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 (3-7, 3.75) – DNP

2. Gregory Polanco, CF, Altoona (.266) – 0-for-3

3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (6-2, 2.43) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.280) – 3-for-4, 3 RBI, SB

5. Austin Meadows, CF, GCL Pirates (.179) – 1-for-3, 3B, BB

6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.283) – 1-for-2, RBI

7. Nick Kingham, RHP, Altoona (3-2, 2.84) – 6.1 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

8. Luis Heredia, RHP, West Virginia Power (1-2, 4.79) – DNP

9. Reese McGuire, C, GCL Pirates (.447) – 1-for-3

10. Dilson Herrera, 2B, West Virginia (.260) – 1-for-4, BB

11. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.282) – DNP

12. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.267) – 3-for-5, 2B

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

14. Stetson Allie, 1B, Bradenton (.244) – 1-for-3, 2 BB

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

16. Clay Holmes, RHP, West Virginia (3-5, 4.59) – DNP

17. Stolmy Pimentel, RHP, Indianapolis (2-1, 2.77) – DNP

18. Vic Black, RHP, Indianapolis (1-2, 2.18) – DNP

19. Harold Ramirez, CF, Jamestown (.333) – 1-for-4

20. Blake Taylor, LHP, GCL Pirates (0-0, 0.00) – DNP



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Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP (3-2, 2.84) – 6.1 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.289) – 2-for-3, HR, SB

Home Runs: Alex Dickerson (12), Willy Garcia (14)



Indianapolis is on their All-Star break until Thursday.


Nick Kingham pitched 6.1 shutout innings.
Nick Kingham pitched 6.1 shutout innings.


Box Score

Result: Altoona 2, Bowie 0

Starting Pitcher: Jared Hughes, RHP (0.00) – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alex Dickerson, RF (.289) – 2-for-3, HR, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Nick Kingham, RHP (3-2, 2.84) – 6.1 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Justin Howard, 1B (.329) – 2-for-3

Game Notes: Jared Hughes made a rehab appearance, and only needed 25 pitches to get through two shutout innings. Hughes struck out the side in the second inning. Nick Kingham was the original starter tonight, and came on after Hughes. Kingham threw 6.1 shutout innings. In his time in Altoona he has a 2.84 ERA in 38 innings, with a 32:11 K/BB ratio. Alex Dickerson hit his 12th homer of the year tonight, and had his fifth straight multi-hit game. He now has seven multi-hit games in his last eight games. He also has three homers in that span, and nine since the start of June.



Box Score

Result: Bradenton 9, Clearwater 3

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (2-7, 5.45) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Alen Hanson, SS (.280) – 3-for-4, 3 RBI, SB

Other Notable Performers:

Oderman Rocha, RHP (0.00) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Dan Gamache, 2B (.277) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Stetson Allie, 1B (.244) – 1-for-3, 2 BB

Willy Garcia, RF (.248) – 1-for-3, HR, 4 RBI, BB

Game Notes: Willy Garcia hit his 14th homer of the year, and his tenth since the start of June. Alen Hanson has struggled at the plate in July so far, but in his last three games he seems to be breaking out of it by going 6-for-17 with two doubles. Coming into this game, Stetson Allie had a .271/.386/.479 line in 48 at-bats in the month of July, with an 8:16 BB/K ratio. His strikeout rate is still high, but he is starting to hit for power, and is doing a good job drawing walks, with two more tonight. Oderman Rocha pitched three innings tonight after being promoted from the GCL. This is probably a short-term move. The Marauders had a double-header on Saturday, in which relief pitcher Pat Ludwig went five innings. They also promoted Ryan Beckman to Altoona today. And on Monday they went 19 innings, using Joan Montero for four innings and Zac Fuesser for three innings. So they just needed an arm today.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 8, Savannah 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (6-2, 2.43) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Barrett Barnes, CF (.267) – 3-for-5, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Eric Wood, 3B (.241) – 2-for-5, 2B

Jonathan Schwind, DH (.250) – 3-for-4

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow now has a 2.43 ERA in 81.1 innings this year, along with a 115:46 K/BB ratio. His control was off tonight, but has been much improved lately, with 16 walks in 38.2 innings since the start of June (3.7 BB/9). Barrett Barnes had his second three hit night in the last three games. Prior to this game he had a .284/.347/.534 line in 88 at-bats since the SAL All-Star break. Everyone in the West Virginia lineup had a hit. Ryan Hafner and Bryton Trepagnier each pitched two shutout innings to close out the game.



Box Score

Result: Connecticut 3, Jamestown 2

Starting Pitcher: Chad Kuhl, RHP (0-1, 1.20) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jeff Roy, LF (.309) – 1-for-2, BB, 2 SB

Other Notable Performers:

Jin-De Jhang, C (.328) – 1-for-4, RBI

JaCoby Jones, CF (.302) – 1-for-4, SB

Michael Fransoso, 2B (.326) – 1-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Chad Kuhl gave up three runs in the third inning. That has been the only inning this season where he’s given up any runs. In 15 innings this year he has a 1.20 ERA and a 13:3 K/BB ratio. He’s a sinkerball pitcher, and tonight was his best night in that department, with a 6:1 GO/AO ratio. Jin-De Jhang now has a .328/.400/.507 line in 67 at-bats this year. Jeff Roy stole two bases tonight, giving him 14 on the year, which has been about a month long at this point.



Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Yankees 1

Starting Pitcher: Jon Sandfort, RHP (2-0, 2.25) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ulises Montilla, 2B (.328) – 3-for-5, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF (.179) – 1-for-3, 3B, BB

Reese McGuire, C (.447) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Jon Sandfort got back on track after giving up four runs in four innings in his last game. Sandfort now has a 2.25 ERA in 16 innings this year, with a 16:3 K/BB ratio. Other than his last start, his other three outings have all been shutouts, with six hits and no walks in 12 innings. Reese McGuire now has a hit in nine of his ten games, and has reached base safely in all ten of his games. Austin Meadows is starting to hear up, with a double and two triples in his last three games. Ulises Montilla has a .400/.476/.629 line in 35 at-bats in his last ten games.

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Nice to see Stetson piling up the walks. Shows he is gaining plate discipline. His average isn’t skyrocketing, but is gradually getting better.
Reese McGuire is really slumping. His average is down to.447.


Tim, why are the Pirates waiting to bring Sanchez up? Is he really that rough defensively that he would be a downgrade as the back up? I’m hoping to see him in the second half sooner rather than later.


Monk: Looking forward to that answer also. This was a kid who the experts said was MLB-ready defensively on draft day. I know a lot of that is hype, but I think the reason Tony has stayed down is Michael McKenry. He really helped last year and is a great clubhouse kid, but he cannot find second base on throws, and has only thrown out maybe 10% of guys trying to steal. And, his hitting has taken a big dip since last year. I fully expect Sanchez to come up and McKenry go down very shortly. He has extensive work with both Locke and Cole and relievers Watson, Wilson, Hughes, and Morris.


I’m guessing Sanchez doesn’t come up until Sept. I think McKenry still has an option left and the Pirates probably want to save it for next year. Sanchez will be the back up next year and then McKenry will back up Sanchez once Martin leaves in 2015.

Nuke Laloosh

Great showing for Sanchez and Black. Not sure what the plan is for Black but there is a serious need for a closer with some teams.

Alex Dickerson is really making a push to be considered a top 20 prospect in the organization. He already is in my book at least in the top 10.

Lee Young

Good (local) article on Dilson Herrera and his work ethic.
I think we ‘got a good one’.


Tim: Tony Sanchez won the Top Star in the AAA All Star Game between the IL and the PCL last night. He hit a 3 run HR off of Jarrod Cosart in the 2nd inning to give the IL all the runs they needed making the score 4-2 at the time. Then Vic Black came in in the 9th – his first 5 fastballs were two 98’s and three 99’s and dropped a huge slider on the first batter to strike him out. Lots of talk about Black during and after the game, and what a huge prospect he is.

Lee Young

emjay…..I was going to mention that Sanchez was NOT a ‘DNP’ and you beat me to it. lol
The Bucs’ All Stars did well, altho Tony DID have a passed ball.

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