Nick Kingham
Nick Kingham
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Out
Injury Oblique
Est. Return 2/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
On the prospect landscape for over a half decade (he was a top-100 prospect according to some outlets in 2014 and 2015), Kingham finally made his MLB debut in 2018. While the surface numbers were pretty rough, Kingham showed flashes of promise. He had a 3.82 ERA and 35 strikeouts across his first 35.1 innings (six starts) before the wheels started to fall off. Six of his first 12 starts where quality, but there were some blow-up outings mixed in. He needs to locate his 92-mph fastball in order to get to his quality slider and changeup. If he is able to do that and get ahead in the count, there is a chance he emerges as a solid option in many formats. Until he can consistently demonstrate an ability to locate that pitch, however, his pedestrian fastball velocity makes him risky, even against low-quality opponents. Kingham is opening the year in a long-relief role, but could be next in line if a spot in the rotation opens up. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $569,000 contract with the Pirates in March of 2019. Traded to the Blue Jays in June of 2019. Released by the Blue Jays in August of 2019.
Cut loose by Toronto
PFree Agent  
Oblique
August 27, 2019
The Blue Jays released Kingham (oblique) on Monday.
ANALYSIS
Toronto could have reassigned Kingham to a minor-league affiliate after he went unclaimed off waivers, but the organization will instead part ways with him entirely and allow him to pursue work elsewhere. Kingham hasn't pitched since Aug. 2 due to a left oblique strain and may have to wait until the offseason to find a new home.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
41
Last 10 Games
31
Last 5 Games
38
How many pitches does Nick Kingham generally throw?
 
1-10
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Nick Kingham generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-8%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-22%
BAA vs RHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .319 289 45 27 82 21 3 17
Since 2017vs Right .271 312 70 24 75 22 0 12
2019vs Left .355 123 20 11 39 9 2 7
2019vs Right .328 136 26 14 39 13 0 4
2018vs Left .293 166 25 16 43 12 1 10
2018vs Right .228 176 44 10 36 9 0 8
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-17%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-15%
ERA on Road
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 6.62 1.66 68.0 5 4 0 8.3 4.1 2.1
Since 2017Away 5.51 1.49 63.2 4 5 1 7.4 2.8 1.8
2019Home 7.89 1.92 29.2 2 0 0 7.6 5.2 2.4
2019Away 6.58 1.77 26.0 2 2 1 7.3 2.8 1.0
2018Home 5.63 1.46 38.1 3 4 0 8.9 3.3 1.9
2018Away 4.78 1.30 37.2 2 3 0 7.4 2.9 2.4
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Nick Kingham compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.84
 
K/9
7.4
 
BB/9
4.0
 
HR/9
1.8
 
Fastball
91.6 mph
 
ERA
7.28
 
WHIP
1.85
 
BABIP
.376
 
GB/FB
1.17
 
Left On Base
66.2%
 
Exit Velocity
88.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.7%
 
Spin Rate
2253 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
35.4%
 
Swinging Strike
8.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
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2014
A borderline top 100 real life prospect back in 2014 and 2015, Kingham's stock took a hit when he needed Tommy John surgery in 2015, which limited him to 77.1 innings across 2015 and 2016. When the training wheels came off and he was allowed to eclipse 100 innings in 2017, his production left a lot to be desired. It was thought that while there is a place in any organization for a big 6-foot-6 righty who can log a 4.13 ERA and 1.31 WHIP across 113.1 innings at Triple-A, his 19.3 percent strikeout rate as a 25-year-old seemed to signal that there wasn't much fantasy upside worth chasing. However, a much improved 84-mph slider combined with a well-located 93-mph fastball resulted in a career-best 30.3 percent strikeout rate in his first four starts back at Triple-A in 2018. This earned him the first big-league start of his career in late April against the Cardinals, during which he took a perfect game into the seventh inning and finished with nine strikeouts in seven shutout frames. That outing bought him more time in the Pirates' rotation, and if his fastball/slider combination can continue to flummox hitters the way it has through his first five starts of the season, he'll end up being one of the better waiver-wire finds of 2018.
Tommy John surgery likely derailed Kingham's major league debut in 2015. The righty made just six Triple-A starts before elbow pain forced him to go under the knife. In 2014, he registered a 3.34 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 119:52 K:BB in 159 innings split evenly between Double-A and Triple-A. The 2010 fourth-round pick commands three pitches but none is considered a wipeout pitch. His velocity dropped a couple miles per hour when he returned to action in July of 2016, but he compiled 46 innings, which should help him heading into 2017. Kingham isn't necessarily in the mold of an elite pitching prospect such as Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon, but he could settle into the role of a solid No. 4 starter as soon as the summer of 2017.
Kingham missed most of 2015 after undergoing Tommy John Surgery in late May. As a result, he probably won’t be back on the mound until middle of the 2016 and it’s unlikely he helps fantasy owners. When healthy, the 6-foot-5 righty commands three pitches — including a fastball, curveball and changeup — though none of his offerings are dominant. The 24-year-old posted a 3.34 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 119:52 K:BB ratio in 159 innings split between Double-A and Triple-A in 2014. Kingham missed a golden opportunity to make his debut in Pittsburgh last season, and he may now have to wait until 2017 before getting another chance.
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.
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DFA'd by Toronto
PToronto Blue Jays  
Oblique
August 25, 2019
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Placed on injured list
PToronto Blue Jays  
Oblique
August 3, 2019
Kingham was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a left oblique strain.
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Nabs win in return
PToronto Blue Jays  
August 3, 2019
Kingham (4-2) picked up the win in Friday's 5-2 victory over the Orioles, giving up two hits and a walk over three scoreless innings of relief. He struck out two.
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Rejoins Blue Jays
PToronto Blue Jays  
August 2, 2019
Kingham had his contract selected from Triple-A Buffalo by the Blue Jays on Friday.
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Assigned to Triple-A Buffalo
PToronto Blue Jays  
July 21, 2019
Kingham has cleared waivers and been assigned to Triple-A Buffalo, John Lott of The Athletic reports.
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