Curve spotlight on RHP Nick Kingham

Vegas (not) vacation: So many people visit Las Vegas, but you rarely seem to encounter people who are actually from there. Kingham, projected to be the Curve’s ace this season, is from Vegas and attended high school there. “People from Vegas, if you live there, you kind of just stay away from downtown,” Kingham said of the glitz and glamor. “It’s more for tourists. So whenever I do go down there it’s exciting and something different since I don’t get to do it as much.”

Very different from Vegas: Kingham finished up last season with the Curve, and he noted how Altoona is certainly very different from his hometown. “The fans were awesome, the town was cool,” he said. “It was a little small town. Coming from Vegas it was all crazy, so it’s a big difference. It’s fun, though. It’s not something I’ve ever experienced, so I enjoyed it.”

Big expectations: Kingham was a fourth-round draft pick in 2010 and has proven why in his minor league career so far, going 21-16 with a 3.27 ERA in 71 games (67 starts). The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder was very good in 14 games (12 starts) for the Curve in 2013, going 3-3 with a 2.70 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings. If he pitches as well this season, he probably won’t be in Double-A much longer than a couple months.

Personal goals: “Just to continue doing what I was doing last year, try to repeat that and be as consistent as possible,” Kingham said. “Just pick up where I left off, pretty much is the biggest thing. Do what I know how to do and kind of don’t try to do too much.”

Work on what works: Kingham throws in the mid-90s with good offspeed stuff and hopes to fine tune his existing repertoire this season rather than add anything new. “I don’t need to add anything yet, as far as I’m concerned, just try to be more consistent and polish what I have now.”

– Cory Giger