The Pirates have drafted a lot of over-slot prep pitchers, hoping that a few would break out in the pros. Nick Kingham has been one of those pitchers that has broken out.
When Neal Huntington was named Pittsburgh Pirates general manager on September 25, 2007, he set out a plan to “flood the system with talent at all levels.” That plan included drafting high school pitchers that had strong commitments to some of the best college baseball programs in the country, costing more money. Big pitchers, big arms. High school pitchers are seen as boom or bust. They are projectable with unlimited potential, nowhere close to where they would be five years down the road. Sure you are going to hit on some, others will fizzle out as they climb the minor league ladder.