By Jason Shetler
Pirates pitching prospect Nick Kingham will begin the season on the Indianapolis Indians’ disabled list with an ankle injury, this according to Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects.
Over the past few years, Kingham has been one of the better prospects in the Pirates system. The Bucs fourth round selection from 2010 had his breakout season in 2013, posting a 2.89 ERA, along with a WHIP of 1.18 and a 9.0 K/9 in 143.1 combined innings for the Bradenton Marauders and the Altoona Curve. Entering the 2014 season, MLB.com, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus each rated him a Top 100 prospect.
Kingham was set to join the Pirates at some point in 2015, but he experienced elbow discomfort during a May outing with Indianapolis, and had to undergo Tommy John surgery. He fully recovered from the injury last year, and pitched very well in ten rehab starts, in which he put up a 2.93 ERA combined with the GCL Pirates, Bradenton and Altoona. Kingham is currently the ninth ranked Pirates prospect according to MLB Pipeline. The ankle injury doesn’t seem major, so he should return to Indianapolis sooner rather than later. It’s important however that he tries to stay healthy, not just because he has the potential of being a quality big league arm, but also, the Pirates need as much starting pitching depth as physically possible.