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Prospect Watch: Kingham and Hearn on the Mound; Moroff and Wood Each Homer Twice

Will Craig homered on Wednesday night. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Prospect Watch: Kingham and Hearn on the Mound; Moroff and Wood Each Homer Twice
John Dreker

P2 Top 30

A look at how the current top 30 prospects did today. If a player is in the majors for an extended time (Trevor Williams, Alen Hanson, Jose Osuna), or loses his prospect eligibility, he will be removed from this list. 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 more active prospects on the list. Rankings are from the 2017 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis –1 for 4

2. Mitch Keller, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

3. Kevin Newman, SS, Altoona – 2 for 5

4. Cole Tucker, SS, Bradenton – 1 for 5, 3B

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Bradenton –0 for 2

6. Will Craig, 3B, Bradenton –  2 for 5, HR

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Bradenton – 3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR

8. Gage Hinsz, RHP, Bradenton  – DNP

9. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

10. Steven Brault, LHP, Indianapolis – DNP

11. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

12. Braeden Ogle, LHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

13. Max Kranick, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

14. Elias Diaz, C, Indianapolis – 0 for 4

15. Edgar Santana, RHP, Indianapolis – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR

16. Luis Escobar, RHP, West Virginia – DNP

17. Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

18. Yeudy Garcia, RHP, Altoona –DNP

19. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Altoona –1 for 5, 2B , SB

20. Tyler Eppler, RHP, Indianapolis –DNP

21. Stephen Alemais, SS, West Virginia –  DNP

22. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – DNP

23. Travis MacGregor, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

24. Barrett Barnes, LF, Indianapolis –1 for 5, SB

25. Max Moroff, 2B, Indianapolis –2 for 3, 2 HR

26. Eric Wood, 3B, Indianapolis – 2 for 3, 2 HR

27. J.T. Brubaker, RHP, Altoona – DNP

28. Chris Bostick, INF/OF, Indianapolis –  2 for 4

29. Connor Joe, 3B, Altoona – 2 for 4, 2 3B

30. Pat Light, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

P2 Top Performers

Hits

Christopher Bostick
2 for 4
Will Craig
2 for 5
Connor Joe
2 for 4
Wyatt Mathisen
2 for 4
Max Moroff
2 for 3

HR’s

Max Moroff
2
Eric Wood
2
Will Craig
1
Logan Hill
1
Jordan Luplow
1

K’s

Yunior Montero
6
Taylor Hearn
5
Austin Coley
4
Nick Kingham
4
Buddy Borden
2

Game Score

Austin Coley
59
Nick Kingham
54
Taylor Hearn
37

Prospect-Watch-Indy

Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
IND 1 2 0 0 0 1 2 1 1 8 12 0
COL 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 4 9 1


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Bostick RF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .371 .405 .565
Meadows CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .227 .290 .305
Moroff SS 3 2 2 0 0 2 3 2 1 .274 .388 .624
Díaz, E C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .280 .295 .366
Wood 3B 3 3 2 0 0 2 2 2 0 .231 .326 .470
Rogers, J 1B 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .267 .328 .425
Barnes LF 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .176 .176 .176
Terdoslavich DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .292 .368 .354
Weiss 2B 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .224 .268 .316
Kingham P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Schugel P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Santana P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Runzler P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
2B: Rogers, J (5, Plutko).
HR: Moroff 2 (12, 1st inning off Plutko, 0 on, 2 out; 7th inning off Olson, 1 on, 2 out); Wood 2 (5, 6th inning off Plutko, 0 on, 0 out; 9th inning off Martin, J, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Bostick 2; Weiss; Wood 8; Barnes; Rogers, J 3; Moroff 8; Meadows; Terdoslavich.
RBI: Moroff 3 (26); Terdoslavich (10); Wood 2 (17).
2-out RBI: Moroff 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Meadows 2; Weiss; Rogers, J; Díaz, E 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-11.
Team LOB: 10.

BASERUNNING
SB: Barnes (1, 2nd base off Head/Kratz).
CS: Bostick (2, 3rd base by Plutko/Kratz).

FIELDING
DP: (Wood-Weiss-Rogers, J).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Kingham (W, 1-0) 5.2 6 2 2 3 4 0 3.18 7.2 5.4
Schugel (H, 3) 1.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 6.16 9.47 2.84
Santana 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.40 8.18 2.05
Runzler 1 2 2 2 1 2 1 5.28 9.6 5.4


Game Scores: Kingham 54; Plutko 37.
WP: Head.
HBP: Díaz, E (by Olson); Shaffer (by Schugel).
Pitches-strikes: Kingham 95-61; Schugel 18-12; Santana 12-8; Runzler 28-17; Plutko 100-63; Olson 26-10; Head 16-9; Martin, J 37-21; Lucas, J 11-5.
Groundouts-flyouts: Kingham 4-5; Schugel 3-0; Santana 2-1; Runzler 1-0; Plutko 3-7; Olson 1-1; Head 1-0; Martin, J 1-1; Lucas, J 0-0.
Batters faced: Kingham 26; Schugel 6; Santana 3; Runzler 6; Plutko 26; Olson 7; Head 3; Martin, J 7; Lucas, J 2.
Inherited runners-scored: Schugel 1-0; Martin, J 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Adam Beck. 1B: Toby Basner. 2B: Ryan Additon. 3B: Jeremie Rehak.
Weather: 86 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 18 mph, Out to LF.
First pitch: 6:34 PM.
T: 3:13.
Att: 7,330.
Venue: Huntington Park.
May 17, 2017

Nick Kingham made his first start for Indianapolis since May 6, 2015 on Wednesday night. Kingham topped out at Altoona last year during his return from Tommy John surgery. This season he injured his ankle on mid-March and began the year in Extended Spring Training. He threw five shutout innings in his season debut for Bradenton last week, then joined Indianapolis for this start.

Kingham went 5.2 innings and 95 pitches in this game. He threw 61 of those pitches for strikes and allowed two runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four batters. Most of the damage came in the fourth inning when he allowed an infield single, followed by three straight hits with two outs, scoring both runs. Each inning included at least one base runner. It’s not a bad outing considering how long it’s been since he pitched at this level and it’s also the first time he went longer than five innings (He also had a five inning outing in Extended ST).

Indianapolis won 8-4 as both Max Moroff and Eric Wood hit two homers in the games. That’s 12 for Moroff, who never hit more than eight in a season before this year. Wood now has five homers this year. Both players also drew two walks in the game. Austin Meadows went 1-for-4 with a single, walk and run scored. Chris Bostick had two hits and a walk. He is now 15-for-27 in six games since being sent down by the Pirates. Barrett Barnes went 1-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base. He is 3-for-17 with seven strikeouts in four games since returning from his Spring Training hamstring injury.

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Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
ALT 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 2 8 13 2
BIN 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 6 7 1


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Reyes, Pab CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .257 .342 .352
Newman SS 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .258 .321 .344
Kramer 2B 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .361 .451 .590
Espinal, E 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .336 .389 .509
Joe RF 4 1 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 .284 .392 .441
Mathisen 3B 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 .303 .400 .395
Williams, J C 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .370 .500 .370
Escobar, El LF 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .259 .313 .294
Coley P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
   a-Simpson PH 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .247 .304 .397
   Lakind P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
   Borden P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
   b-Luplow PH 1 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 .270 .346 .539
   DuRapau P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

a-Singled for Coley in the 7th. b-Homered for Borden in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Kramer (13, Jannis); Mathisen (7, Jannis).
3B: Joe 2 (3, Jannis, Jannis).
HR: Luplow (7, 9th inning off Peterson, T, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Luplow 4; Williams, J; Simpson; Mathisen 3; Kramer 2; Escobar, El; Newman 2; Joe 6; Espinal, E; Reyes, Pab.
RBI: Espinal, E (25); Joe (15); Mathisen (8); Reyes, Pab (14); Newman (9); Luplow 2 (18).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Espinal, E; Mathisen.
GIDP: Williams, J; Espinal, E.
Team RISP: 4-for-10.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
SB: Kramer (5, 3rd base off Jannis/Plaia).
CS: Reyes, Pab (4, 3rd base by Jannis/Plaia).

FIELDING
E: Williams, J (1, pickoff); Borden (1, pickoff).
DP: (Newman-Kramer-Espinal, E).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Coley 6 3 3 3 3 4 0 3.06 6.17 2.83
Lakind (BS, 3) 1 3 3 2 1 2 1 8.04 10.2 5.4
Borden (W, 1-0) 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.00 8.5 5
DuRapau (S, 7) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.86 9.47 1.89


Burns, C pitched to 4 batters in the 7th.

Game Scores: Coley 59; Jannis 53.
HBP: Decker (by Coley); Kaczmarski (by Coley).
Pitches-strikes: Coley 86-52; Lakind 35-23; Borden 30-17; DuRapau 12-9; Jannis 88-56; Burns, C 18-7; Regnault 23-15; Peterson, T 13-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Coley 7-4; Lakind 0-1; Borden 0-1; DuRapau 1-0; Jannis 9-1; Burns, C 0-0; Regnault 2-1; Peterson, T 0-1.
Batters faced: Coley 25; Lakind 7; Borden 5; DuRapau 3; Jannis 24; Burns, C 4; Regnault 6; Peterson, T 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Regnault 3-2.
Ejections: Binghamton Rumble Ponies Kevin Taylor ejected by HP umpire Erich Bacchus (9th)
Umpires: HP: Erich Bacchus. 1B: Ben Levin. 3B: Justin Houser.
Weather: 91 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, L to R.
First pitch: 6:41 PM.
T: 2:58 (:15 delay).
Att: 2,176.
Venue: NYSEG Stadium.
May 17, 2017

Altoona won 8-6 as Austin Coley had another solid outing and Kevin Kramer extended his season-long on base streak to 32 games. He hit his 13th double of the season in the fourth inning to extend the streak. Jordan Luplow hit his seventh homer of the season in the ninth inning, giving Altoona the lead. Montana DuRapau pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.

Coley went six innings, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks, with four strikeouts. He has now made six starts this season despite the fact he was supposed to begin the season in the bullpen. Coley has a 3.06 ERA in 35.1 innings. Jared Lakind allowed three runs in his only inning to give him an 8.04 ERA, while Buddy Borden pitched a scoreless eighth and has not allowed an earned run in 18.1 innings.

Connor Joe had two triples in this game, giving him three on the year. Wyatt Mathisen also had two hits. Kevin Newman went 2-for-5, giving him a .258 average on the season. He went 7-for-37 (.189) in his previous ten games. Edwin Espinal went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. He’s batting .336 on the season. Kramer now has a .361 average.

 

Prospect-Watch-Bradenton

Box Score

Final
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
BRA 0 2 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 8 7 1
DBC 0 0 0 4 0 0 5 0 x 9 12 2


Name Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K AVG OBP SLG
Tucker SS 5 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 .289 .366 .441
Ratledge CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .318 .385 .364
Craig 1B 5 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 .271 .380 .393
George DH 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .275 .406 .392
Hayes 3B 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .262 .350 .311
Hill LF 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 .277 .353 .568
Tolman 2B 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .226 .370 .323
Reyes, Al RF 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .302 .350
Bormann C 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 .167 .238 .250
Hearn P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Montero P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Amedee P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Sendelbach P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

BATTING
2B: George (3, Boyles); Reyes, Al (6, Boyles).
3B: Tucker (4, Boyles).
HR: Craig (3, 3rd inning off Boyles, 0 on, 0 out); Hill (10, 7th inning off Lugo, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Tucker 3; Reyes, Al 2; Bormann; Hill 4; Craig 5; George 2.
RBI: Bormann 2 (6); Craig (23); Reyes, Al (11); Ratledge (4); Hill 2 (31).
2-out RBI: Bormann 2; Reyes, Al; Hill 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ratledge; Bormann.
SF: Ratledge.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
E: Reyes, Al (1, fielding).
Outfield assists: Reyes, Al (Crook at 3rd base).
DP: (Tucker-Tolman-Craig).

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA K/9 BB/9
Hearn 3.1 5 4 4 3 5 0 4.30 11.43 3.41
Montero (L, 4-1) 2.2 4 5 5 2 6 0 3.43 16.71 4.71
Amedee (BS, 2) 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.11 8.4 4.8
Sendelbach 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 4.68 6.48 1.44


Montero pitched to 5 batters in the 7th.

Game Scores: Hearn 37; Boyles 26.
HBP: Hayes (by Lugo); Long (by Hearn); Crook (by Amedee).
Pitches-strikes: Hearn 76-45; Montero 59-35; Amedee 10-5; Sendelbach 24-13; Boyles 91-55; Lugo 33-22; Stock 17-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Hearn 3-2; Montero 1-0; Amedee 0-1; Sendelbach 1-0; Boyles 10-5; Lugo 3-1; Stock 0-4.
Batters faced: Hearn 19; Montero 13; Amedee 4; Sendelbach 6; Boyles 25; Lugo 9; Stock 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Montero 2-0; Amedee 2-2; Lugo 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Mike Carroll. 1B: Matt Carlyon.
Weather: 80 degrees, clear.
Wind: 12 mph, R to L.
First pitch: 7:05 PM.
T: 2:45.
Att: 1,236.
Venue: Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
May 17, 2017

Taylor Hearn pitched in relief last week, staying on his normal schedule by following Nick Kingham during his rehab start. So this was the first start for Hearn since he went 6.2 innings back on May 6th. He looked very good for three innings in this game before things fell apart in the fourth. In the first three frames, Hearn gave up one hit, one walk and hit a batter. In the fourth inning he walked two batters and allowed four singles, all described as line drives in the boxscore. Four runs scored and he left two runners on base, which were stranded when Yunior Montero came on and struck out two batters. Hearn threw 30 pitches in the fourth after using 46 in the first three innings combined. He struck out five batters, giving him 47 strikeouts in 37.1 innings.

Yunior Montero had an outing similar to Hearn, where it started off strong and ended in a disaster. The Marauders tried to extend him in this outing and it was a bad idea. He breezed through 2.2 innings, striking out six batters. Montero came out for the seventh inning and all five batters he faced reached base. Three scored while he was in the game, then Jess Amedee allowed both inherited runners to scored, saddling Montero with the loss in the 9-8 ballgame.  Montero has 39 strikeouts in 21 innings this season.

Cole Tucker extended his on base streak to 24 games, going 1-for-5 with a triple. The triple was his fourth of the season and set a new career high for Tucker. Will Craig homered for the third time this season and also singled later in the game. Logan Hill drove in two runs with his tenth homer of the season. Both Mitchell Tolman and Ke’Bryan Hayes scored two runs without collecting a hit. John Bormann drove in two runs with a single.

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Box Score

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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