Pirates sign Nick Kingham

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 4th round pick Nick Kingham, Pirates Prospects has learned.  Kingham is the 20th draft pick signed by the Pirates this year, and while the bonus is not known at this time, Kingham will likely receive an amount over his $254,700 slot price.

Kingham was rated the #186 prospect in the draft by Baseball America, and has a commitment to Oregon.  Pirates Prospects interviewed Kingham last week, learning that he had been in contact with Pirates’ scouts on a weekly basis.  Kingham throws a fastball, curveball, and changeup. His fastball usually sits 90-92 and can reach 94-95. His change is typically 77-79 and the curve is around 82.

The draft pick signing tracker has been updated with the move.

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  • http://twitter.com/ej6687 Erik Johnson

    I would be happy with Taillon and Allie, one of the middle 3 (Hursch, Kubitza, Kime) and maybe one or 2 more from the top 15.

  • http://twitter.com/Andy16365 Andy Close

    Kingham's contract is for $485,000 which is $230,300 above slot for the 117th overall pick according to BA's Jim Callis. It would be great if all of the prep pitchers in the top 10 get signed, with the exception of Kime obviously.

  • http://twitter.com/Steveospeak Steve Shoup

    I think the Pirates will get both Taillon and Allie done. Not sure if any of the other projectable guys will sign, but this should be a 3rd straight impressive draft class for the Bucs.