Nick Kingham Promoted to Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right-handed pitcher Nick Kingham to the Altoona Curve. He made his last two starts for the Bradenton Marauders, throwing six shutout innings while striking out seven batters on Tuesday. In his prior start, he threw five shutout innings.

Kingham is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, which happened last May. He made six starts in the Gulf Coast League before joining Bradenton, throwing a total of 24 innings on his rehab assignment.

He should get two more starts before the season ends on September 5th, then he could pitch in the playoffs if Altoona is able to hold on to their lead over the last 12 days of the season. Kingham has thrown a total of 35 innings, posting a 2.06 ERA, with two walks and 26 strikeouts, to go along with a 1.30 GO/AO ratio.

The Marauders activated Chase Simpson from the disabled list to take Kingham’s spot.

  • To me, Kingham is Taillon-lite. He commands the strike zone very well and gives up very few walks. Just won’t get as many strikeouts since he doesn’t have Taillon’s curve. Coming up he was always in either Taillon or Glasnow’s shadow but if you look at his numbers since his breakout in low A he’s been excellent when healthy. If Glasnow develops as he should Kingham will be an excellent number 3.
    Taillon, Glasnow, Kingham and Kuhl give you the basis for an outstanding rotation and with Duncan, Brault, Williams and Hutchison I can see the end of Cole’s time in a Pirate uniform. Not this off-season but maybe mid-season or next off-season. Put me in the camp with those who wouldn’t mind if they re-upped Nova. Vogie is a good story but he’s going to fall off the cliff sooner or later. He’s no Bartolo Colon.

    • There is a major flaw in the system if we trade Cole next season. We have nurtured him and handled him to become a true ace. If we trade him next season we are getting cheated as fans. I for one want to see him stand tall with the team on his back carrying us through the playoffs to the World Series. Damn it…we deserve that. I would hate to watch him in his full prime in Dodger blue. It’s just not right.

  • JustABitOutside
    August 26, 2016 9:43 am

    I am excited to see if Kingham can make the rotation by the middle of next year. I think he has more upside than even Chad Kuhl. A rotation in July 2017 of Cole, Taillon, Kuhl, Hutchinson/Brault/Williams/Duncan/Random low cost pitcher we sign in free agency that makes every fan in Pittsburgh angry/, Kingham might be pretty good.

    • You don’t think Glasnow will be in that rotation? What about Nova?

      • JustABitOutside
        August 26, 2016 10:40 am

        I meant to put Glasnow in that huge group. I would think he should be- but who knows. And they won’t resign Nova.

        • Honestly, with Vogelsong most likely retiring, Locke banished to the pen, and Liriano traded, if Nova is willing to sign a short-term friendly deal, I think Huntington will want that veteran presence.

  • Seeing as Kingham has already made it AAA, isn’t it this really moving to the next step of the rehab process instead of a “promotion”?

    • He was assigned to Bradenton, so no. He was sent to the GCL on a rehab assignment, so he wasn’t technically promoted to Bradenton, but this is a promotion. Rehab assignments can only last 30 days for pitchers.