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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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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. Nov 7 - 9:59 AM

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Pirates prospect Nick Kingham gave up three runs in just under seven innings of work on Wednesday for Triple-A Indianapolis.

Kingham allowed six hits in the effort, and he walked no one while striking out six. He's been passed by several hurlers in the system, but Kingham still shows an above-average fastball/change combination, and he throws all of his pitches for strikes while rarely missing his spots. The upside is all but gone, but he still has the stuff and control to be an effective backend starter for someone.
Jun 22 - 1:56 PM

Pirates optioned RHP Nick Kingham to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Kingham is still rehabbing from last year's Tommy John surgery. It will likely be the second half before he could become an option for the Pirates.
Fri, Mar 18, 2016 09:27:00 AM

Pirates prospect Nick Kingham underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Wednesday.

Kingham hadn't pitched since May 6 and was diagnosed this week with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow. The 23-year-old right-hander ranked 67th on Baseball Prospectus' top-100 prospects list over the winter after posting a 3.34 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 119/52 K/BB ratio in 159 innings last season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis. He won't pitch again until late 2016. It's obviously a significant blow to the Bucs' rotation depth.
Thu, May 28, 2015 12:31:00 PM

Pirates prospect Nick Kingham made an early exit from his start Wednesday night with Triple-A Indianapolis after experiencing discomfort in his right elbow.

Kingham delivered 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball against the Twins' Triple-A affiliate before departing. There should be more on his status soon. The 23-year-old right-hander was ranked the No. 6 prospect in the Pirates' system by Baseball America prior to the 2015 season.
Thu, May 7, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Pirates optioned RHP Nick Kingham to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Kingham tossed six scoreless innings during his three Grapefruit League appearances. One of the club's top pitching prospects, the young righty could debut in 2015 should the Pirates have rotation issues.
Fri, Mar 20, 2015 08:29:00 AM

Pirates purchased the contract of RHP Nick Kingham from Triple-A Indianapolis.

He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. One of the Pirates' best pitching prospects, Kingham held a 3.34 ERA with 119 strikeouts over 159 innings between Double- and Triple-A this season. He could make his debut at some point in 2015.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 07:15:00 PM

Pirates righty prospect Nick Kingham struck out four batters over eight innings, scattering four hits and two walks while allowing two runs for Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.

Kingham has been solid in the Triple-A International League, holding opposing batters to a .199/.254/.301 line with a 6.5 K/9 ratio over 77 1/3 innings over 12 starts. He profiles as a No. 3 pitcher and could see time in Pittsburgh down the stretch if a spot start is needed.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 11:07:00 AM

Pirates right-handed pitching prospect Nick Kingham was hit hard in his fifth start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday, allowing 10 hits and six runs.

Kingham also struck out six batters, and the hits were seven singles and three doubles. He allowed 15 hits and two runs (one earned) in his first four starts in the Triple-A International League, so this start can be chalked up to a bad day. Kingham threw 67 of his 69 pitches (69.0 percent) for strikes.
Sun, Jul 6, 2014 10:25:00 AM

Pirates prospect right-hander Nick Kingham went seven innings for Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, allowing four hits and one run while striking out two.

Kingham has allowed nine hits with only one walk and one hit batsman in his two starts in the Triple-A International League. He started the year behind Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow on Pirates prospect lists, but Kingham may have pushed ahead of them due to Taillon's elbow injury and Glasnow's high walk rate in High-A ball. Kingham could be in line to see some time in Pittsburgh later this year.
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 11:59:00 AM

Pirates right-handed pitching prospect Nick Kingham struck out eight batters in seven shutout innings in his debut for Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.

Kingham allowed three singles, two doubles, and a walk in the game, while facing a Durham Bulls lineup that included prospects Hak-Ju Lee and Mikie Mahtook as well as veteran Jayson Nix. He threw 60 of his 95 pitches for strikes (63%) in his best outing of the season. Kingham could make his major league debut in September.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 10:07:00 AM

Pirates right-handed pitching prospect Nick Kingham has been promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis, and will make his debut there on Friday.

Kingham has a mid-90s fastball, a hard-breaking curve ball, and an average change-up. He projects as a solid No. 3 pitcher, but has the potential to be a No. 2 if everything comes together. Despite his 1-7 record, he put up a solid line for Double-A Altoona, sporting a 3.04 ERA, 1.352 WHIP, and 6.8 K/9. If he pitches well in Indianapolis, he could see time in Pittsburgh in September.
Thu, Jun 12, 2014 10:26:00 AM

Pirates prospect RHP Nick Kingham was shelled for seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and two walks in 3 2/3 on Tuesday for Double-A Altoona.

After allowing just one run through his first three starts, Kingham, 22, has now allowed nine in his last nine innings. Despite the rough outing, the right-hander has pitched well through the first month of the season, posting a 3.46 ERA and 20/12 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 26 innings. Kingham represents the Pirates’ pitching prospect closest to the major leagues with Jameson Taillon out for the season, but the organization’s recent track record with Gerrit Cole (and Taillon) suggests he’s likely to finish the season in Triple-A.
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 02:25:00 PM

Pirates prospect RHP Nick Kingham allowed three hits and three walks while striking out six batters in six scoreless innings on Sunday in his season debut at Double-A Altoona.

Kingham, 22, spent the second half of the 2013 season at the level, where he registered a 2.70 ERA and 69/30 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 73 1/2 innings. With Jameson Taillon now out of the season following Tommy John surgery, Kingham will move up the organizational depth chart and could be ready to debut late in the summer.
Mon, Apr 7, 2014 12:47:00 PM

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