Nick Kingham
Nick Kingham
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
Pittsburgh Pirates
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 contract with the Pirates in March of 2018.
Saves first game
PPittsburgh Pirates
April 17, 2019
Kingham recorded his first career save Tuesday, striking out one without giving up a hit or walk in a scoreless 10th inning against the Tigers.
With limited bullpen options available, Pittsburgh was forced to go to the 27-year-old and he succeeded. The team typically has multiple options ahead of Kingham, so it might be unwise to expect additional saves from the right-hander. He's registered a 3.38 ERA in 5.1 innings over four appearances, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out six.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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Since 2017vs Left .299 173 27 16 46 13 1 11
Since 2017vs Right .218 189 48 11 37 9 0 8
2019vs Left .429 7 2 0 3 1 0 1
2019vs Right .083 13 4 1 1 0 0 0
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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Since 2017Home 5.48 1.43 42.2 4 4 0 9.1 3.2 1.9
Since 2017Away 4.66 1.27 38.2 2 3 1 7.4 2.8 2.3
2019Home 4.15 1.15 4.1 1 0 0 10.4 2.1 2.1
2019Away 0.00 0.00 1.0 0 0 1 9.0 0.0 0.0
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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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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Throws well Thursday
PPittsburgh Pirates
April 5, 2019
Kingham (1-0) threw two scoreless relief innings Thursday, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out a pair of batters to earn his first win of the season.
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Makes Opening Day roster
PPittsburgh Pirates
March 26, 2019
The Pirates informed Kingham on Tuesday that he will be on the team's Opening Day roster, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Pitches well Monday
PPittsburgh Pirates
March 18, 2019
Kingham threw five scoreless innings against the Rays on Monday. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out five batters.
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Plagued by inconsistency
PPittsburgh Pirates
March 11, 2019
Kingham surrendered five earned runs on six hits and four walks in 3.2 innings Monday. He struck out two batters.
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Makes good impression Wednesday
PPittsburgh Pirates
March 6, 2019
Kingham hurled four scoreless innings against Boston on Wednesday, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out three.
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