Nick Kingham signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates last year for an above-slot amount of $480 K, breaking a commitment to pitch at Oregon. The right hander was the only prep pitcher to sign out of the top ten rounds, with guys like Jason Hursh, Dace Kime, Austin Kubitza, and Zach Weiss opting to go to college. So far, Kingham's signing is looking strong, and worth every penny of the above-slot bonus. In 51 innings this year, he has a 2.65 ERA, along with a 36:11 K/BB ratio.
Last night, the right hander pitched his longest outing of the season, going six innings, and allowing a run on three hits, with one walk and two strikeouts. Kingham has been on fire lately, going at least five innings in his last six starts, and allowing no more than one run...
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