Kingham Earns IL Pitcher of the Week Honors

26-year-old takes home first career weekly award

Nick Kingham fanned 16 batters over two starts (11.0ip) en route to his first career weekly award. (Photo by Adam Pintar)

By Cheyne Reiter / Indianapolis Indians | April 16, 2018 10:57 AM ET

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Indians, in conjunction with the International League, today announced that right-hander Nick Kingham was named IL Pitcher of the Week (April 5-15). The weekly honor is the first of Kingham's career.

Kingham, 26, was tabbed as Indy's Opening Day starter and delivered a dominant outing against Columbus while earning no decision. The Pirates' No. 8 prospect, according to Baseball America, froze Clippers batters in winter-like conditions, recording the second 10-strikeout game of his career over five shutout innings. Kingham then capped the Tribe's first homestand with six punchouts over six innings of one-run ball against Toledo in a 4-1 victory.

Kingham is in a three-way tie for most strikeouts (16) in the league. His .114 batting average against (4-for-35) is second lowest among IL starting pitchers, and he ranks fourth in ERA (0.82, 1 ER/11.0 IP) among IL pitchers with two-plus starts this season.

Indianapolis paced the IL a year ago in weekly honors, bringing home six as a team. Steven Brault (twice) and Tyler Glasnow each earned Pitcher of the Week honors, while Jason Rogers, Joey Terdoslavich and Erich Weiss took home the Player of the Week award.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre infielder Gleyber Torres was the first 2018 recipient of the IL's Player of the Week award.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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