BRADENTON, Fla. - It's been a few years since Nick Kingham had Tommy John surgery, and the right-handers prospect status hasn't fully rebounded. He returned to Triple-A this past year after being injured in 2015 and rehabbing in 2016. The problem was that he didn't look like the pitcher he was before the injury.
Kingham's stuff was previously in the 92-95 MPH range, touching higher, but dropped down to the 90-92 range last year. His command used to be some of the best in the system, but he saw his walk rate go up in his return from Tommy John, while also being more hittable.
That all started to change for the better, as Brian Peloza wrote last year. Kingham had a meeting with his catcher, Jacob Stallings, along with Indianapolis pitching coach Stan Kyles and manager Andy Barkett. The...
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