Clay Holmes could be following the same path as Nick Kingham. (Photo Credit: Robin Black)
The Pittsburgh Pirates have plenty of top pitching prospects in their system. Gerrit Cole made the jump to the majors in 2013, and was looking like an ace by the end of the season. Jameson Taillon is expected to make that same jump in 2014. Tyler Glasnow broke onto the scene as a potential top of the rotation guy in 2013, and could be up as early as mid-2015, depending on how well he does with his command in the upper levels.
Beyond the top of the rotation possibilities, the Pirates also have talented guys who could fill middle of the rotation roles. The most notable here is Nick Kingham, who had a bit of a breakout season in 2013, combining for a 2.89 ERA in 143.1 innings between Bradenton and Altoona, with a 9.0 K/9 and a 2.8 BB/9 ratio. Kingham is almost universally viewed as a guy who could be a safe bet to be a strong middle of the rotation starter, with the frame to pitch 200 innings p...
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