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Pirates Option Nick Kingham to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates optioned right-handed pitcher Nick Kingham to Indianapolis on Thursday night. No other move was made today, but his spot will be taken by Keone Kela, who was acquired from the Texas Rangers on Tuesday and is expected to join the club tomorrow.

Kingham allowed a total of eight earned runs over four innings in his last two starts combined. He now has a 5.02 ERA  and a 1.28 WHIP in 12 starts with the Pirates. His rotation spot will be taken by Chris Archer, who makes his debut with the Pirates on Friday night against the St Louis Cardinals.

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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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