Prospect Watch: Kingham Gets First Start Back in Indianapolis; Keller Struggles in Morning Start

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 or loses his prospect eligibility (Colin Moran, Edgar Santana, Kyle Crick, Max Moroff and Dovydas Neverauskas), 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 our 2018 Prospect Guide, and links on each name go to their Pirates Prospects player pages.

1. Mitch Keller, RHP, Altoona – 4.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO

2. Austin Meadows, CF, Indianapolis – 0-for-1

3. Cole Tucker, SS, Altoona –  1-for-4

4. Shane Baz, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

5. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Altoona – 1-for-4

6. Kevin Newman, SS, Indianapolis – 1-for-4, 2B

7. Taylor Hearn, LHP, Altoona – DNP

8. Lolo Sanchez, CF, West Virginia – 1-for-3, BB

9. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Altoona – Disabled list

10. Jordan Luplow, LF, Indianapolis –  DNP

11. Luis Escobar, RHP, Bradenton –  DNP

12. Clay Holmes, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

13. Braeden Ogle, LHP, West Virginia – DNP

14. Nick Kingham, RHP, Indianapolis – 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO

15. Kevin Kramer, 2B, Indianapolis – 0-for-1

16. Adrian Valerio, SS, Bradenton – DNP

17. Calvin Mitchell, OF, West Virginia – 1-for-4, RBI, BB

18. Oneil Cruz, SS, West Virginia – 1-for-5, RBI

19. Nick Burdi, RHP, Pirates (disabled list) – DNP

20. Dario Agrazal, RHP, Altoona –  DNP

21. JT Brubaker, RHP, Indianapolis – DNP

22. Will Craig, 1B, Altoona – 0-for-3, HBP

23. Stephen Alemais, 2B/SS, Altoona – 0-for-3

24. Jason Martin, OF, Altoona – 2-for-4

25. Brandon Waddell, LHP, Altoona – DNP

26. Eduardo Vera, RHP, Bradenton – DNP

27. Mason Martin, 1B, West Virginia – 0-for-4

28. Conner Uselton, OF, Extended Spring Training – DNP

29. Cody Bolton, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP

30. Steven Jennings, RHP, Extended Spring Training – DNP


Indianapolis lost 4-3 to Louisville in a Wednesday morning game. Nick Kingham returned from two starts in the majors and made the start today. The Pirates haven’t announced any plans, but starting him today keeps Kingham on line to make the May 19th start for the Pirates, which is the next time they will need a fifth starter. Kingham wasn’t sharp in this game, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings. He had three strikeouts, a 7:6 GO/AO ratio and threw 61 of 94 pitches for strikes. Kingham allowed just four runs in his first four Indianapolis starts combined this season. This is the third time he has walked three batters.

Alex McRae was originally scheduled to start. He pitched in relief instead, going two innings with one unearned run on one hit and three walks.

Indianapolis got on the board early with a solo homer from Pablo Reyes, his first of the season. They tied the game up in the sixth with doubles from Kevin Newman (his eighth), Christopher Bostick (ninth) and Eric Wood (11th). A Wyatt Mathisen error in the seventh allowed the go ahead run to score. Five of the six hits by Indianapolis went for extra bases.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Altoona had a rough all-around game, dropping an 8-2 decision to Bowie on Wednesday morning. Mitch Keller had one of his worst career outings, giving up six runs (four earned) on nine hits and three walks in 4.1 innings, while striking out just one batter. He had a 7:4 GO/AO ratio and threw 51 of 80 pitches for strikes. Keller now has a 3.44 ERA in 34 innings. He had a .192 BAA coming into the game.

The Curve committed three errors in the game, leading to three unearned runs. Cole Tucker made two of those miscues, giving him six errors on the season.

At the plate, Altoona had just three at-bats all game with runners in scoring position. They capitalized on it in the fourth inning with a two-run single by Logan Hill. They had just six hits, all singles, and failed to draw a walk. Jason Martin had two out those hits, giving him a .304 average on the season.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


Bradenton lost 6-2 to Dunedin on Wednesday morning. James Marvel started and got roughed up, allowing five runs on ten hits and a walk in five innings. He was coming off of a game in which he allowed one run over seven innings. Adam Oller followed Marvel and gave up one run over two innings. Jess Amedee tossed a scoreless eighth.

The offense didn’t have much going and only scored with help from Dunedin. In the first inning, two errors led to the run, while a Jared Oliva double in the eighth was followed by an error which allowed him to score the second run. Arden Pabst collected his sixth double. Alfredo Reyes stole his eighth base. Albert Baur had two hits to give him a .337 average.

Here is the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.


West Virginia won 7-3 over Hagerstown behind two homers from Dylan Busby. Coming into the day, Busby had just one home run, to go along with a .686 OPS. He connected on a two-run shot in the fourth to give the Power a 2-1 lead. In the eighth, he hit another two-run homer, making it a 6-3 game. West Virginia also got RBIs from Oneil Cruz, Chris Sharpe and Calvin Mitchell. Deon Stafford contributed with three hits and two runs scored.

Lolo Sanchez was dropped to ninth in the batting order to try to help him break his slump. He had a nice all-around day, with a single, walk, run scored, stolen base and an outfield assist. Oneil Cruz batted in the lead-off spot in his place.

Hunter Stratton started the game and went five innings, allowing one earned run on three hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. The bullpen of Drew Fischer, Matt Seelinger an Blake Cederlind gave up one unearned run on one hit and no walks in four innings.

Here’s the boxscore from the MiLB site.

You can view the season preview here.

  • Officially waiting (i.e., hoping) for the every-other-week article explaining how the Pirates are having a player (in this case, Keller) focus/work on one specific thing which is skewing his results/performance…or maybe the Pirates have decided to screw with yet another successful player