24-Year-Old Pitcher – Pittsburgh Pirates
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Kingham missed most of 2015 after undergoing Tommy John Surgery in late May. As a result, he probably wonít be back on the mound until middle of the 2016 and itís unlikely he helps fantasy owners. Whe...
Kingham (elbow) was optioned to Triple-A by the Pirates in mid-March.
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Pittsburgh Pirates Roster
MajorsCaminero, Arquimedes (P)
AAABell, Josh (1B)
AAAllie, Stetson (1B)
A+Brewer, Colten (P)
AHayes, Ke'Bryan (3B)
RookieBard, Daniel (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Kingham might not have the ceiling of Tyler Glasnow or Jameson Taillon, but he put himself on the map with an impressive 2014. In fact, there was a groundswell of support among the Pirates' fan base to promote Kingham to the majors after he posted a 2.30 ERA in his first 16 starts (97.2 innings) split between Double-A and Triple-A. He cooled off after that, finishing with a combined 3.34 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 119:52 K:BB ratio in 159 innings. Kingham is more of a control pitcher with decent stuff but he probably won't strike out too many batters (6.7 K/9). At the least, the 23-year-old looks like a possible No. 3 starter with a big frame (6-foot-5, 220 pounds) who can eat innings. He could make his major league debut in 2015 with a good start and a few injuries to Pittsburgh's rotation.
Kingham ranks in the top five among Pittsburgh's starting pitching prospects after a breakout season split between High-A and Double-A in 2013. He compiled a 3.09 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 70 innings for Bradenton, earning a promotion to Altoona, where he posted a 2.70 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 73.1 frames. He utilizes a three-pitch arsenal, including a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s, curve and changeup. Kingham featured a combined 144:44 K:BB ratio and will likely start 2014 in Double-A. If he can improve upon the 69:30 BB:K ratio he registered for Altoona, then a move to Triple-A could follow later in the summer.