Prospect Watch: Rough Starts For Nick Kingham and Cody Dickson


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 – 1-for-4

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – DNP

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R,5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

7. Alen Hanson, 2B, Indianapolis – 0-for-3, BB

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – DNP

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – DNP

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

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 – 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – DNP

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

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

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

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 1-for-2, BB

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: A.J. Morris, RHP – 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Reese McGuire, C – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Home Runs: None



Box Score

Result: Louisville 6, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R,5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Steve Lombardozzi, RF – 1-for-3, BB, R

Other Notable Performers:

Tony Sanchez, C – 0-for-3, RBI, BB
Alen Hanson, 2B – 0-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Thursday’s start by Nick Kingham was a combination of the bad things we saw in his last three starts. Last week, he had one real bad inning, in what was an otherwise solid outing. In his prior two games, Kingham ran up his pitch count early, throwing a total of 182 pitches(91 each game) over nine innings. On Thursday he had the one bad inning, allowing four earned runs in the second frame. He also threw 99 pitches in five innings. He has a 4.85 ERA this season and that is despite a solid 7:29 BB/SO ratio over 26 innings.

A.J. Morris had a terrific outing right after Kingham, retiring all nine batters he faced, three by strikeout. He is doing a lot of stuff right this season, posting an 0.66 ERA in 13.2 innings, with 15 strikeouts, an 0.73 WHIP, a 1.78 GO/AO ratio and a .149 BAA.

The Indians offense was fairly quiet, picking up two runs on four hits. Mel Rojas Jr. had two hits and Tony Sanchez had the only RBI. Nick Kingham walked and scored a run. Steve Lombardozzi finished the month with a .375 average.


Altoona was off on Thursday


Box Score

Result: St Lucie 9, Bradenton 2

Starting Pitcher: Cody Dickson, LHP – 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Reese McGuire, C – 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Jin-De Jhang, DH – 1-for-3, BB

Austin Meadows, CF – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Cody Dickson had his streak of three straight strong outings snapped on Thursday. Dickson lasted just three innings in his first start on Opening Day, but he had been solid since then up until this game. He gave up four earned runs on seven hits and three walks over 5.1 innings on Thursday against St Lucie. He finished the month of April with a 3.20 ERA. Ryan Hafner continued his difficult season, allowed five runs over two innings. He has an 11.08 ERA in 13 innings.

Reese McGuire had two hits and drove in both Bradenton runs. He came into the game with a .150 average over his last nine games. Jin-De Jhang went 1-for-3, extending his hit streak to 12 games. He is batting .426 through 54 at-bats. JaCoby Jones went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. He is hitting .231 with 24 strikeouts in 20 games.


West Virginia was rained out on Thursday night.


  • Is Kingham working on something right now? It seems like his peripherals are fine but he’s giving up a lot of hits.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    April 30, 2015 9:58 pm

    AJ Morris was pretty good last year in AA, and then he got hurt….seems to be off to a good start this year. What is the book on this guy? Is he just org depth or a AAAA pitcher or a legitimate candidate to pitch at the MLB level? Could he help us? If so, would he be a reliever or a back of the rotation starter?

    • John Dreker
      May 1, 2015 9:43 am

      Morris will likely see the Majors some time as a reliever, maybe a spot start if all goes well. He gets by with command and average stuff, which probably won’t work long-term in the Majors, but should get him there. He is 28 already, but his career has been derailed a few times by injuries