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Nick Kingham | Starting Pitcher | #49

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/8/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 4 (0) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Nick Kingham was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday, but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the 26-year-old has earned a future opportunity whenever it might arise.
Kingham returned to the majors for a spot-start Saturday against the Padres, allowing three runs over six innings. He was sent right down to the minors with Joe Musgrove due to come off the disabled list this week, but the move was more about the composition of the roster rather than his performance. "Nick continues to be very professional in everything that he does and everything that he touches. He understands the roster, the way it's set up to work right now," said Hurdle. "Obviously he's done everything he can do to keep himself fresh in our minds as we move forward. Whether there's injury, performance, whatever it might be, he's shown the ability to pitch at this level." These situations have a tendency to work things out, so fantasy owners would do well to keep a close eye on the Pirates' rotation. May 21 - 10:26 AM

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Pirates optioned RHP Nick Kingham to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Kingham had another solid outing Saturday against the Padres, allowing three runs while striking out five over six innings, but it wasn't enough to keep him around. He should get another shot eventually, but with Joe Musgrove (shoulder) set to return this week Kingham will go back into Indy's rotation.
May 20 - 10:36 AM

Nick Kingham surrendered three runs in six innings and took a loss to the Padres on Saturday.

He served up a two-run double to Jose Pirela and then a one-run double to Christian Villanueva in the first inning to account for all the damage. He bounced back to fire off five shutout frames after the rough first inning. All together he allowed five hits and one walk while striking out five in the quality start. The rookie has done quite well in his first three major league starts, going 2-1 with a 3.44 ERA. He has 21 strikeouts and just two walks in 18 1/3 innings.
May 19 - 9:49 PM

Pirates recalled RHP Nick Kingham from Double-A Altoona.

The 26-year-old hurler has been terrific in his first two starts with the Pirates, going 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and 16/1 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings. He's worth a look as a streaming option against the Padres on Saturday.
May 19 - 3:18 PM

Nick Kingham has been transferred from Triple-A Indianapolis to Double-A Altoona.

This move allows Kingham to start Monday, when Indy is off, and stay lined up to return to the majors on May 19 -- when the Pirates next need a fifth starter. The 26-year-old right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA, 0.649 WHIP, and 16/1 K/BB ratio in two outings (12 1/3 innings) this season with Pittsburgh.
May 10 - 1:54 PM

Pirates optioned RHP Nick Kingham to Triple-A Indianapolis.

The move might look odd given how good Kingham has looked so far, especially in his historic MLB debut last Sunday, but the Pirates have some off-days coming up and would prefer to have an extra bench player. Jose Osuna is expected to take his place on the active roster. Kingham should get another chance soon.
May 7 - 3:42 PM

Nick Kingham was victorious again after allowing four runs over 5 1/3 innings Friday against the Brewers.

Kingham limited the Brewers to a Manny Pina solo homer through the first five innings before fading in the sixth. He gave up an RBI single to Jesus Aguilar and a two-run shot to Domingo Santana before being pulled. Still, he struck out seven batters and walked just one. While it wasn’t as good as his historic debut, he’s still showing enough to warrant attention in mixed leagues assuming he has a spot.
May 5 - 1:39 AM

Nick Kingham will remain in the Pirates' rotation and make his next start on Friday against the Brewers.

Steven Brault will move to the bullpen. Kingham earned at least one more start after he took a perfect game into the seventh inning versus the Cardinals on Sunday in his major league debut. He isn't guaranteed anything beyond Friday, as the Pirates have some upcoming off days and Joe Musgrove (shoulder) is due back before long. The right-hander doesn't have as much upside as he appeared to show Sunday, but he could have some deep league and streamer appeal.
Apr 30 - 4:21 PM

Nick Kingham carried a perfect game into the seventh inning before allowing a two-out hit, and he finished with seven scoreless innings in his MLB debut Sunday in a 5-0 win over the Cardinals.

Hard to do much better in your debut than coming within seven outs of a perfect game, which is what Kingham did before Paul DeJong hit a two-out single in the seventh inning. Kingham stuck around to get the last out of the seventh before calling it a day, finishing with nine strikeouts in the stellar debut. The possibility existed that the start would be the only one for Kingham before returning to Triple-A Indianapolis, but it'd be awfully hard for the Pirates to justify making that move after Sunday's showing. We'll see soon enough, but if he sticks around, a date with the Brewers is on tap for next weekend.
Apr 29 - 5:39 PM

Pirates recalled RHP Nick Kingham from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Kingham will make his major league debut Sunday against the Cardinals. The 26-year-old has posted a 1.59 ERA and 27/7 K/BB ratio over 22 2/3 innings in his first four outings for Indianapolis this season. He could be sent back down after the game.
Apr 29 - 11:42 AM

Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates will recall Nick Kingham from Triple-A Indianapolis to make his major league debut Sunday versus the Cardinals.

Ranked by as the Pirates' No. 13 prospect, Kingham is off to a terrific start at Indy this season with a 1.59 ERA and 27/7 K/BB ratio over 22 2/3 innings in his first four outings. He normally doesn't miss that many bats and is more of a high floor than high ceiling guy, but Kingham has great control and usually keeps the ball in the park. It will likely just be a spot start for the 26-year-old, as the Pirates need him after having a doubleheader this week.
Apr 27 - 10:34 AM

Nick Kingham was tagged for six runs in 3 2/3 innings by the Twins on Monday.

Kingham hopes of moving up the depth chart seem diminished with him sporting an 8.76 ERA and an 8/6 K/BB ratio in 12 1/3 innings. He still might log time in the Pirates rotation this year, but he's no higher than eighth in line for now.
Mar 19 - 5:02 PM

Nick Kingham held the Blue Jays to one run over three innings on Thursday.

Kingham was granted a fourth option over the winter, so the long-time prospect will spend a ninth year pitching in the Pirates system. He still has a decent shot of turning into a bottom-of-the-rotation guy, but there's not going to be any room for him in April.
Mar 1 - 5:40 PM

Nick Kingham tossed two scoreless innings in his start against the Yankees on Saturday.

He gave up a pair of hits -- both singles -- and recorded two strikeouts without isssuing a walk. The 26-year-old has yet to reach the major leagues, but held his own at Triple-A last year, notching a 9-6 record with a 4.13 ERA in 113 1/3 innings. He missed most of the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to Tommy John surgery. He has a chance to make the Pirates opening day rotation but is more likely to begin the season back at Triple-A Indianapolis.
Feb 24 - 5:19 PM

The Pirates have received a fourth minor league option for Nick Kingham.

Kingham would have been out of options going into spring training, but now the Pirates could send him to the minors in 2018 without the risk of losing him. Another option year was granted because of the time Kingham missed after Tommy John surgery. The 25-year-old posted a 4.13 ERA and 93/29 K/BB ratio in 113 1/3 innings at Triple-A this year. He could be in the mix for a rotation spot with the big club next spring.
Tue, Nov 7, 2017 09:59:00 AM

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