RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: November 8, 1991
Height: 6′ 5″
Drafted: 4th Round, 117th Overall, 2010
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Sierra Vista HS (Las Vegas, NV)
Agent: Dan Evans/Donn Parris, West Coast Sports Management
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|The Pirates continued to go heavily for prep pitchers in the early part of their 2010 draft by taking Kingham. Baseball America rated him 186th overall, while PGCrosschecker ranked him 125th. According to BA, he threw his fastball in the upper-80s to low-90s, hitting as high as 94, with good movement. His size gives him very good projection. His change could become above-average, but his curve needs work. Kingham may have slipped under the radar screen just a little, because he wasn’t able to play in his junior year due to a transfer, and most scouting attention in Nevada in 2010 focused on Bryce Harper. He committed to Oregon, but signed about a week and a half before the deadline.
Made a couple brief appearances in the GCL in 2010.
Pitched in the State College rotation and had a very encouraging season. Opponents hit .238 against him and he walked very few. His K rate was on the low side. It says something that he won six games; the Pirates monitor workloads for high school pitchers closely at the lower levels and they often don’t last five innings. In his last ten starts he pitched at least five innings each time and never allowed more than one run. His fastball ranged from 89-94. BA ranked him the league’s 9th best prospect.
Kingham pitched well in training camp, with his velocity sitting around 92-93, and seemed to be a breakout candidate going into 2012. Instead, he had a difficult season in the West Virginia rotation. He maintained his velocity well, often hitting 95, but he tended to have blowups where he couldn’t get out of an inning. He was up and down much of the season. He started off with an 8.59 ERA in April, then pitched well in May, with an ERA of 2.84. He slumped again in June to 6.28. Overall, though, he improved during the season. His ERA was 5.22 in the first half and 3.69 in the second half. It was 1.68 in his last nine starts. His peripheral numbers for the season–WHIP, walk rate and K rate–were actually good, although he had some trouble with gopher balls, allowing 15. A lot of his trouble may simply have been the need to learn to pitch out of trouble, possibly by mixing up his pitches more.
Kingham remains one of the better pitching prospects in the system and will go to Bradenton in 2013. He’ll once again be a good candidate for a breakout season.
|2013: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: $480,000
MiLB Debut: 2010
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2016
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2014
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 8, 2010: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 4th round, 117th overall pick; signed on August 4.|