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Nick Kingham Traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for Cash Considerations

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The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that right-handed pitcher Nick Kingham has been traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations. Kingham was designated for assignment five days ago.

The 27-year-old Kingham was drafted by the Pirates in the fourth round in 2010. He made his Major League debut last April 29th and ended up his first season with a 5.21 ERA in 76 innings, making 15 starts and three relief appearances. He had 69 strikeouts and a 1.38 WHIP.

This season was rough for Kingham, who made four starts and ten relief appearances. He posted a 9.87 ERA and a 2.05 WHIP in 34.2 innings, with 32 strikeouts. Kingham served up a total of 25 homers in his 110.2 innings.

He was once a top six prospect in the system, but Tommy John surgery slowed his pace to the majors. Some command issues, along with lower velocity, led to his prospect stock dropping him out of the top ten after his return.

Kingham is out of minor league options, so he will get a chance to turn things around in the majors with the Blue Jays.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
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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