Pirates top-100 prospect Nick Kingham undergoes Tommy John surgery

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Right-hander Nick Kingham, a Pirates minor leaguer who cracked top-100 prospect lists last season and this season, will miss the remainder of the year after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery.

Kingham had a 4.31 ERA and 32/7 K/BB ratio in 31 innings at Triple-A as a 23-year-old, but hadn’t pitched since May 6. Now he’ll likely be sidelined until mid-2016, which is a shame because he was close to being in line for a call-up to Pittsburgh the next time rotation help was needed.

Kingham was the Pirates’ fourth-round pick in the 2010 draft and has a 3.35 ERA in 535 pro innings.