Wednesday May 6th was a bad day for pitching prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system. Top pitching talents Tyler Glasnow and Nick Kingham both suffered potentially significant injuries.
Starting for Double-A Altoona in the Eastern League, Glasnow apparently injured his ankle while running the bases in the bottom of the third inning. He left the field after throwing one warm-up pitch in the top of the fourth inning. There are no details about the severity of the injury as yet. Age 21, Glasnow has made five starts for Altoona with a 1.40 ERA and a 28/6 K/BB in 26 innings with only 15 hits allowed. Glasnow is widely-regarded as one of the top pitching prospects in the minor leagues, featuring an excellent fastball, a sharp curve, and rapidly improving command. He has ace potential if health issues don't get in the way.
Nick Kingham, meanwhile, was pulled from his start with Triple-A Indianapolis in the sixth inning due to an apparent elbow injury, as he reported "discomfort" after making his last pitch. You can take a look at his last pitch here. Kingham was making his sixth start for Indianapolis, posting a 4.31 ERA in 31 innings thus far with a 32/7 K/BB.
Nick Kingham photo by Bill Gentry/Indianapolis Indians
Although the 23-year-old Kingham doesn't throw as hard as Glasnow or have as much upside potential, he does have a solid minor league track record as an inning-eating workhorse and was expected to make his major league debut sometime this year.
We'll monitor the progression of both prospects of course, and you can follow along with all Pirates news at Bucsdugout.com.