By Jason Shetler
According to Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nick Kingham will be called up to the Pirates and will make his MLB debut as the spot starter for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park.
Following Tuesday’s postponement, the Pirates played a doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. Jameson Taillon started Game 1, while Chad Kuhl pitched Game 2. Because of that, the Pirates needed a spot starter, as both Taillon and Kuhl would be on short rest. Kingham had been listed as the scheduled starter for AAA Indianapolis on Saturday, but instead will pitch for the Pirates on Sunday.
It’s been a long journey for the 26-year-old Kingham, who was drafted by the Bucs in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB Draft. For quite awhile, he had been considered the third best pitching prospect in the organization behind Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow. Kingham was slated to join the Pirates in 2015, but Tommy John surgery threw a wrench into those plans. He rehabbed his way back in 2016 and put in a full season with Indianapolis last year. In four starts for Indianapolis to begin this year, Kingham has posted a 1.59 ERA, along with an 0.97 WHIP. He was also named the International League Pitcher of the Week for the first week of the season.