Prospect Watch: Tough Night as Injuries Take Out Kingham and Glasnow


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 – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Indianapolis – Disabled List

3. Austin Meadows, CF, Bradenton – 1-for-3, BB

4. Josh Bell, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-4

5. Reese McGuire, C, Bradenton – DNP

6. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis –  5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

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

8. Cole Tucker, SS, West Virginia – 0-for-3, BB

9. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 2-for-3, BB

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 – 0-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, Bradenton – DNP

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, Bradenton – Disabled List

19. Cody Dickson, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

20. Willy Garcia, OF, Altoona – 0-for-0

21. John Holdzkom, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

22. Jordan Luplow, 3B, West Virginia – 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

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

24. Wyatt Mathisen, 3B, Bradenton – 0-for-3

25. Casey Sadler, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

26. Steven Brault, LHP, Bradenton – DNP

27. Tito Polo, OF, West Virginia – 1-for-4, SB

28. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Extended Spring Training

29Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training

30. Taylor Gushue, C, West Virginia – 0-for-3, BB



Top Pitcher: Austin Coley, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Tabata, RF – 3-for-4, 2B

Home Runs: None



Box Score

Result:  Indianapolis 3, Rochester 1

Starting Pitcher: Nick Kingham, RHP – 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Jose Tabata, RF – 3-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers:

Deibinson Romero, 3B – 2-for-4, 2 2B

Gorkys Hernandez, CF – 1-for-3, BB

Elias Diaz, DH – 2-for-3, BB

Game Notes: Nick Kingham was having a great game on Wednesday until the sixth inning. He retired the side in the first inning on five pitches, all strikes. In the second, he needed just 13 pitches, finishing with a 94 MPH fastball for his first strikeout. Kingham gave up a bloop single in the third, but again quickly worked through the inning. He got a strikeout swinging on a curve to start the frame and used ten pitches total. That gave him 28 pitches through three innings.

In the fourth, Kingham was still efficient(12 pitches), although Rochester got on the board with a two-out solo homer. After working around a single in the fifth, he started the sixth with a strikeout swinging on a change-up. Two pitches into the next batter, Tony Sanchez spotted something wrong with Kingham and after a brief conversation, Kingham was taken out of the game with just 60 pitches to his credit. Reports after the game from the club said he left with elbow discomfort and was still being evaluated.

The Indians scored a run in the third inning on a single by Mel Rojas Jr., followed by three straight bunts, two of which ended up as hits. In the sixth inning, Tony Sanchez had an RBI single, then Brent Morel drove home the third run with a sacrifice fly. Jose Tabata had three hits and scored a run. Elias Diaz had two hits and a walk.


Box Score

Result: Richmond 4, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP – 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Max Moroff, 2B – 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers:

Keon Broxton, CF – 1-for-4

Stetson Allie, RF – 0-for-4

Josh Bell, 1B – 0-for-4

Game Notes: Obviously, the story of the night in Altoona was Tyler Glasnow leaving the game before the start of the fourth inning with an ankle injury. Tyler suffered a sprained ankle after sliding into second base. He feels that it is a minor setback, and he hopes to continue throwing quickly.

In the first inning of Glasnow’s outing, Richmond came out sitting on the fastball, and they were able to catch up to it for three straight hard hit balls. Tyler gave up three runs with two of them earned in the first. The unearned run should have never happened because Willy Garcia dropped an easy fly ball in left field. Immediately after the inning, Garcia was pulled by manager Tom Prince. There was no update on Garcia after the game, but it was fairly obvious that Prince was trying to teach the young man something, especially after an error filled night in Altoona last night.

Glasnow cruised through the next two innings (before the injury) facing the minimum with four groundouts and two strikeouts. Tyler was hitting his spots well with the curveball and changeup after the first inning and kept Richmond off balanced. He seemed to be settling in for a strong outing before the injury occurred with his fastball hitting 98mph, and his curveball was in the low to mid 70s.

Max Moroff continued his strong play as Altoona’s only multi-hit player tonight. He hit a line drive double to left field to extend his on-base streak to 22 games in the first inning. He then walked in his next at-bat followed by a single up the middle in the sixth. At this point, Moroff looks like one of the Curve’s strongest, if not the strongest, hitter in their lineup.

Josh Bell is 0 for 12 in this series so far, and he has looked off balanced at the plate with a lot of slow grounders and short pop-ups. Adam Frazier made his season debut as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning and hit a single. He was out with a fractured index finger. – Sean McCool


Box Score

Result: Fort Myers 9, Bradenton 0

Starting Pitcher: Felipe Gonzalez, RHP – 2.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Erich Weiss, 2B – 3-for-4

Other Notable Performers:

Austin Meadows, CF – 1-for-3, BB

Jose Osuna, RF – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Bradenton went down by eight runs early in the game and their bats were quiet all night, as they dropped a 9-0 decision to Ft Myers. Felipe Gonzalez gave up eight of the runs, lasting just 2.1 innings. After 15 innings last night, the Marauders were looking for his to eat some innings, but he reached his pitch limit in the third and had to be removed. Clario Perez pitched excellent in long relief, allowing one run on two hits in 4.2 innings. Outfielder Justin Maffei pitched a scoreless ninth to help out the bullpen.

Erich Weiss had three of Bradenton’s six hits and Austin Meadows drew the team’s only walk. Meadows reached base twice and he has walked in each of his last four games. Jose Osuna had a single to stretch his modest hit streak to six games. Reese McGuire had off after catching all 15 innings on Tuesday and Barrett Barnes also had the night off after playing all 15 innings in his first game back after missing three weeks with lower body soreness(hamstring).


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Kannapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Austin Coley, RHP – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Trace Tam Sing, DH – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers:

Pablo Reyes, 2B – 1-for-3, 2 SB

Tito Polo, CF – 1-for-4, SB

Game Notes: Austin Coley pitched a terrific game on Wednesday night, allowing one run over six innings, while striking out a career-high eight batters. It was the first time in his pro career that he went past the fifth inning. Coley has a 2.42 ERA and a 2:27 BB/SO ratio this season in 26 innings. Junior Lopez threw a scoreless ninth for his first save and in the process he lowered his ERA to 0.82 through 11 innings.

The West Virginia offense was a team effort on this night, with four players scoring one run each and three other players driving in one run apiece. Pablo Reyes stole two bases, giving him six steals to go along with four homers this season. Tito Polo stole his seventh bag of the year. Jordan Luplow and Elvis Escobar each hit their sixth double of the season. Luplow has driven in 11 runs this year, despite missing the first week of the season.

  • Back during spring training I posted that I was “concerned” how our run production was lacking, and was told not to worry, “it’s just spring training”. Can I start to be worried now?

    • I would be concerned that Cutch is hurt and refuses to come to grips with it and rest. I would also be concerned that the league has adjusted to J Hay and he might not be able to adjust back. But if Cutch can get healthy and turn it around and Harrison get adjust back then I see no reason the offense can’t mirror last year’s. Two big if’s though. So long story short yeah I’d be concerned.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    May 7, 2015 12:14 pm

    I may have missed it, but is there any recent news regarding Harold Ramirez? Still in EST – any update as when he may start playing and where?

  • this would be a great place for a long diatribe but I’m just to disgusted to give a crap.

    • Take a few nights off. That’s what I did. Tends to work. I love this team as much as anyone but I can’t sit there for 3 hours and watch this unless it’s my job. It’s demoralizing. Take some time off, come back in a few days. They’ll come around. They just might not catch the Cubs or the Cards.

  • jamminjoe66
    May 7, 2015 12:03 am

    Should Hurdle be on the hot seat yet. I’ve always felt they won despite him. I think he has over managed this team with analytics & has them thinking to much & not just playing with instincts. Their kinda robotic at the plate

    • Overreaction to a bad stretch. In a 162 game season, there will be some rough patches. Have patience, this, too, shall pass.

      • Hurdle is a great motivator but a horrible in game manager/tactician.
        Always leaves a struggling picture in for one better too many. example,Hughes gives up three straight hits and he leaves him in to face the fourth batter. what makes him think he’s going to be any better with even more pressure on him for that guy.
        it’s obvious he’s done, he doesn’t have it that night. he always leaves pitchers in to make sure they give up the tying and go ahead runs.
        in a 0-0 game in the top of the 11th inning Mercer leads off with the double. you absolutely must bunt him over. as soon as he brought Kang in to pinch-hit you knew he was going to have him swing away otherwise rodriguez would’ve pinch-hit . and of course the run did not score .

  • Pirates are showing no pride,no passion and no patience at the plate. Right now this team just stinks.

    • Time for Hurdle to throw some bats in the locker room, or sacrifice a live chicken, or get Joboo some rum. Or maybe all the above.