Prospect Watch: Nick Kingham Struggles Through Another Outing


A look at how the current top 30 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, 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 30 active prospects on the list. Rankings are from early season update, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Altoona – DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton – DNP

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – DNP

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – DNP

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 0-for-5

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – DNP

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 0-for-4

10. Mitch Keller, RHP, Extended Spring Training

11. Harold Ramirez, OF, Extended Spring Training

12. Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Extended Spring Training

13. JaCoby Jones, SS, Bradenton – 1-for-4, RBI, BB

14. Adrian Sampson, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

15. Trey Supak, RHP, Extended Spring Training

16. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Extended Spring Training

17. Barrett Barnes, OF, Extended Spring Training

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – DNP

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – DNP

23. Connor Joe, 1B/3B – Extended Spring Training

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 2-for-4

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – DNP

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia– DNP


Top Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Deibinson Romero, 3B – 3-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI

Home Runs: Deibinson Romero 2(3), Brent Morel (1)



Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 4, Columbus 3

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Deibinson Romero, 3B – 3-for-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Pedro Florimon, SS – 2-for-3, 2B, RBI

Tony Sanchez, C – 0-for-4

Alen Hanson, 2B – 0-for-5

Game Notes:For the second straight outing, Nick Kingham really struggled with pitch efficiency and failed to make it past the fifth inning. Kingham threw 38 of his 91 pitches outside of the strike zone, but managed to not allow a single walk. It is also the second straight outing that Kingham allowed three runs and seven hits. Kingham topped out at 94 on the fastball, which was a bit more velocity than he had last time out.

A.J. Morris relieved Kingham and allowed his first hit of the season, but did not allow a run again. John Holdzkom’s control issues continued, as he walked three hitters in his one inning of work. Just 15 of his 32 pitches went for strikes. However, he also struck out the side. Brad Lincoln struck out two in his inning of work. Blake Wood nailed down the save in the 10th inning, hitting the mid-90s on his fastball.
Deibinson Romero added his second and third home runs of the season, which Brent Morel added his first. Indianapolis had just one homer in the first ten games of the season. Tony Sanchez went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in his Indianapolis debut. Pedro Florimon added a pair of hits, including an RBI double in the 10thinning. Elias Diaz went 0-for-4, dropping his average down to .185 this year. Ryan Palencer


Altoona was suspended in the 5th inning with the Curve leading 2-1. The game will be finished on Tuesday before the regularly scheduled game.

Game Recap:  Angel Sanchez looked dominant through the majority of four innings in a rain suspended game with no outs in the top of the 5 th. Sanchez only gave up two hits and one run, a home run to left. His lone run against is the first earned run he has given up this season through 16 innings pitched. Sanchez got ahead of most batters with his fastball then used his breaking ball as a strikeout pitch. His fastball touched 95 mph, and he slowed down his breaking pitch to 77 mph. Hitters seemed to struggle locating his curve, which he used as a strike out weapon.   He located the ball extremely well, throwing thirty strikes out of forty pitches.

Willy Garcia had another solid outing with a hard hit ball to left center to set up Stetson Allie, who pulled the ball hard down the left field line into the corner for an RBI double. Max Moroff showed some power by driving a ball off the wall to left center field for a double.
Garcia also showed off his arm again by doubling off a Harrisburg runner at second who failed to tag on a line drive fly out.   Josh Bell also looked good at first base with a nice dig on a throw from Salcedo at third. – Sean McCool


Box Score

Result:  Charlotte 6, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Felipe Gonzalez, RHP – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jin-De Jhang, C – 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

JaCoby Jones, DH – 1-for-4, RBI, BB

Justin Sellers, SS – 12-for-2, BB

Wyatt Mathisen, 3B – 2-for-4

Game Notes:   Bradenton lost the series opener to Charlotte by a 6-2 score on Monday. Jin-De Jhang continued his strong hitting from this season, collecting two doubles and a walk in four plate appearances. He is hitting .458 through 24 at-bats and has not struck out yet this season. Justin Sellers joined Bradenton today on a rehab assignment after starting the regular season in the disabled list with a sore Achilles tendon. He batted three times before leaving for a defensive replacement in the sixth inning. Seller had two singles and a walk, plus he turned two double plays, his only two chances in the field. JaCoby Jones drove in his 11th run of the year, tops among all Pirates minor league players. Both Reese McGuire and Austin Meadows had the night off.


West Virginia was postponed due to wet grounds. They will play a doubleheader on Tuesday.

  • I will take the results, especially only 2 earned runs, no walks, and his pitch velocity returning to the mid-90’s. But, the fact that he only threw 53 strikes and 38 balls means he had to go deep into the count on many of the batters.

    I was hoping that he would start strong and possibly be ready for spot starts for the Pirates in late April or early May depending, of course, on the rehab progress of Charlie Morton.

    • I listened to the game while Ryan watched it and we talked during the game. This isn’t the type of outing you want to see from a potential starter this year, especially not after his last outing. It’s good that the Pirates don’t need him now because he still has work to do. He’s thrown 182 pitches in his last nine innings. The results do not match the performance. There was no hard luck involved in either game, even the one error was a hard hit ball that the announcer waited to hear from the scorer on

  • Plus, the box said Kingham went 5, so should the article state he didn’t make it out of the 6th?

    • I think he meant he couldn’t get past five innings. Kingham was going to be pulled if he didn’t retire the last batter he faced. Morris was ready in the bullpen and Kingham didn’t look good at all, so maybe he jumped the gun a little in the write-up, but I changed the wording

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    April 20, 2015 10:37 pm

    Not to mention that only 2 of the 3 runs Kingham gave up were earned. Now he may have had some struggles in throwing strikes and getting ahead in the count, but the results were not horrendous.

    • The struggle was with his pitch count each time, 91 pitches in five innings isn’t good. He had 91 pitches in his last game through four innings(and three batters that all reached in the fifth)He was going deep in counts and gave up seven hits and never really got on a roll either game. The hits/runners were spread out each time, so I’ll stick with “struggles through another outing”. If he did horrendous I would have chose a different title that sounds worse

      • BuccosFanStuckinMD
        April 21, 2015 3:54 pm

        It is all semantics I guess – but I think we can all agree that he was inefficient….91 pitches and only 53 strikes…

  • i wouldn’t say Nick struggled. It’s not his best but, it’s not the low point of his season.

    • i think labored would probably be more accurate

      • Well I just dusted off the Webster’s Thesaurus for synonyms for labored and struggled was the third one. Next time I’ll use labored just for fans of different words (insert smiley face here)

    • Bob Prince used to say “Dancing thru the rain drops without getting wet”.

    • As mentioned below, he has not been good these last two games. If you want to call it something else, that is fine, but he struggled through this outing and his last one. He has thrown 182 pitches over his last nine innings. The results didn’t match the performance, I think most people can tell that just from 91 pitches in five innings.