One of the top pitching prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, Nick Kingham, will be promoted to Indianapolis this week, and will make his debut on Friday, Pirates Prospects has learned. Kingham has a 3.04 ERA in 71 innings this year, with a 54:25 K/BB ratio in Altoona. He was recently ranked our number five prospect in the system, and the third best pitching prospect behind Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow.
At the start of the year, it was expected that Kingham would make the jump to Indianapolis this season. The jump was expected sooner than this. He had a 2.70 ERA in 73.1 innings in Altoona last year, with a 69:30 K/BB ratio. The walks were a bit high, and something that was uncharacteristic for Kingham, who has some of the best control in the system. This year he struggled with walks early in the season, with a 4.4 BB/9 in 43 innings over his first eight starts of the season.
Kingham recently turned things around in his last few starts. Over his last four outings, he co...
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