Kingham Recalled, Starting Today Against St. Louis at PNC Park

Now in ninth pro season, right-hander receives first big-league promotion

After making 45 career appearances spanning four seasons (2014-15, 2017-18) with the Tribe, Nick Kingham will make his MLB debut this afternoon for Pittsburgh. (Photo by Adam Pintar)

By Cheyne Reiter / Indianapolis Indians | April 29, 2018 10:49 AM

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Indians, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Pirates, today announced that right-hander Nick Kingham was recalled and will make his major league debut this afternoon against St. Louis at PNC Park.

Kingham, 26, was off to a strong start with Indianapolis, going 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA (4 ER/22.2 IP) in four starts this season. He was named International League Pitcher of the Week on April 16, the first weekly honor of his career. He owned a 9-6 record and 4.13 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) for the Tribe in 2017 and helped Indy to its first home playoff shutout at Victory Field last September.

Ranked as the Pirates No. 8 prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2018 season, Kingham overcame a major roadblock en route to the big leagues. After making 20 starts with Indy spanning the 2014-15 seasons, he tore his ulnar collateral ligament and had Tommy John surgery performed on May 27, 2015. He missed the rest of the 2015 campaign and most of 2016, logging just 46.0 innings combined between the GCL Pirates, High-A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona.

Back at full strength, Kingham ranks among IL leaders in strikeouts (T-4th, 27), ERA (7th, 1.59) and wins (T-8th, 2). He has made 45 appearances (44 starts) for Indy since 2014, owning an 18-13 record and 3.64 ERA at the Triple-A level.

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