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Kingham’s Recent Success a Result of Increased Confidence

Kingham’s Recent Success a Result of Increased Confidence

In order to succeed in baseball, confidence is key. Whether you go through a rough stretch or a hot streak, belief in yourself when on the mound is huge. Right-handed prospect Nick Kingham said that confidence is the result of what has allowed him to post just a 1.50 ERA over his last seven starts at Low-A West Virginia.

"It’s not easy," Pitching Coach Willie Glen said of having confidence. "You go out there, and you don’t have success, you take a beating. And if it’s repeated non success, then you really take a beating. So what we try to do is try and find the positives out of it and go off of those. That’s kind of how we try and use it to climb that ladder back to where you want to get."

During an impressive 2011 season at State College last season, Kingham posted a 2.15 ERA over 15 starts in his first year at Short-Season A-Ball after being drafted by Pittsburgh in the fourth round in 2010. That season earned him a promotion to Low-A West Virginia to start 2012. The right-hand...

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