West Virginia started a four game series in Lakewood tonight with Nick Kingham on the mound. This was the first time I saw him pitch, as well as the first time seeing Alen Hanson, Willy Garcia and Jose Osuna. Gregory Polanco wasn't in the starting lineup, although he did pinch hit in the ninth. Although not in the same prospect class as the other three batters, I kept an eye on Taylor Lewis as well.

Nick Kingham

Kingham's start had a lot of positives, and some obvious negatives, allowing three runs in five innings. He got a lot of swing and misses, as well as plenty of foul balls, many with soft contact. He also threw plenty of strikes and a good portion of the balls he threw were up and in to the batter. The negative was the hard contact off of him, even on a couple of the outs.


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