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Nick Kingham, Alex Dickerson Listed In NY-Penn League Top 20 Prospects

Baseball America lists Pirates prospects Nick Kingham and Alex Dickerson as being among the top 20 prospects in the New York-Penn League, at No. 9 and No. 11, respectively. The New York-Penn League is the league the State College Spikes played in. The Spikes were the Pirates' minor league system's least interesting team, with Kingham and Dickerson towering above the rest of the roster in terms of their prospect status.

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Kingham was the Pirates' fourth-round pick in 2010. He pitched 71 innings for the Spikes, demonstrating excellent control for a high school product, with just 15 walks. He only struck out 47 batters, but he might strike out more as he ages, particularly if he increases his velocity, which is a possibility.

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Dickerson was the Pirates' third-round pick in 2011, out of the University of Indiana. He doesn't have much defensive value, so he's really just a bat, but he hit very well for State College, with a .393 on-base percentage and a .493 slugging percentage.

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Both players should be at West Virginia next year.

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