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Prospect Highlights: Great Video of Nick Kingham, Terrific Catch From Chris Dickerson

With very little in the way of highlights from Saturday in the minors, we take a look at a video from mid-April in which Jeff Reese from ROTOscouting.com got nearly six minutes of footage from Nick Kingham’s April 17th start. In that game, Kingham allowed two unearned runs on five hits and three walks in five innings. He really hasn’t been sharp this whole season, throwing too many pitches to get through his day. Even in the games he got good results, he was walking batters. Last year, Kingham pitched 27 times and walked three batters or more in six of those games. He has already done that four times in seven starts this year.

Kingham has a decent 3.41 ERA this year and while he has never been a huge ground ball pitcher, he hasn’t allowed a home run this season in 37 innings. His strikeout rate is down, but still a respectable 7.5 SO/9 rate. Based on his track record, I’d expect Kingham to settle down and get himself in line for a mid-season promotion to Indianapolis.

Of note in the video below is the slow-motion footage of his delivery. Gives you a good perspective of his mechanics. It’s also a decent video of the defense for catcher Elias Diaz, who has been known for his work behind the plate while coming up through the system, but he has also shown something with the bat this season. He is hitting .341/.396/.459 in 85 at-bats.

One video from yesterday’s Indianapolis game and while it isn’t a prospect, it is a highlight reel play in the outfield. Chris Dickerson makes a great catch to keep the score 1-0 in the first inning.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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Dom DiDominic

Excellent video of Kingham. Really like the video that combines warm up with game action. You can get a good idea of his pitches from the warm up because you can tell what he is going to throw.
Great Catch!

Jeff Reese

Glad you liked the video.

Here is the accompanying scouting report: http://rotoscouting.com/nick-kingham-scouting-report-2014/

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