Kingham, Nunez are Pipeline Prospects of the Week

A's Nunez hit five homers, while Pirates pitcher Kingham allowed one run

Kingham, Nunez are Pipeline Prospects of the Week

Throughout the season, the MLBPipeline.com staff will name Pipeline Prospects of the Week -- one hitter and one pitcher who excelled over the previous seven days. To qualify for selection, a player must rank among their organization's Top 20 Prospects, as listed on our Prospect Watch.

Pipeline Hitting Prospect of the Week: Renato Nunez, Stockton Ports
A's No. 6 prospect, 7 G, 14-for-31 (.452/.500/1.065), 1.565 OPS, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 9 R

Nunez had quite a week. Not only did he lead all Minor Leaguers with five home runs and record a pair of four-hit games, but the Venezuelan native was also named to the roster for the All-Star Futures Game, which will be played July 13 at Target Field. Nunez will be the A's lone representative in the game.

Nunez began the week going 4-for-5 with three doubles and a home run at Lancaster last Monday. It was the first of five multihit games in the week for Nunez and his first four-hit game since June 30, 2011, when he was playing in the Dominican Summer League. He finished the week in style, hitting two home runs Sunday at Bakersfield.

Nunez is hitting .282/.349/.533 in 71 games this season and is tied for third in the California League with 16 home runs.

Honorable mention
Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, Iowa Cubs: Cubs' No. 6 prospect, 7 G, 15-for-29 (.517/.516/.862), 1.378 OPS, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 8 R, 1 SB

Orlando Arcia, SS, Brevard County Manatees: Brewers' No. 4 prospect, 7 G, 16-for-33 (.485/.485/.909), 1.394 OPS, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 8 R, 1 SB

Lewis Brinson, OF, Hickory Crawdads: Rangers' No. 6 prospect, 7 G, 12-for-29 (.414/.452/.897), 1.348 OPS, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 2 SB

Jacob May, OF, Winston-Salem Dash: White Sox No. 7 prospect, 7 G, 16-for-30 (.533/.563/.800), 1.363 OPS, 4 RBI, 12 R, 9 SB *****

Pipeline Pitching Prospect of the Week: Nick Kingham, Indianapolis Indians
Pirates' No. 8 prospect, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 GS, 12 2/3 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 10 K

It was business as usual for Kingham last week, who has been nothing short of dominant since he was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis earlier this month. Last week, he delivered two more quality starts. Kingham held his opponents to one unearned run on six hits and four walks in 12 2/3 innings. Of the six hits, only one went for extra bases.

Kingham began his season with Double-A Altoona, where his 1-7 record obscured his solid performance. But having joined Indianapolis, which leads the International League's West Division, he has found wins much easier to come by. With the Indians, Kingham is 2-0 with a 0.34 ERA and has struck out 20 batters in 26 2/3 innings.

Overall this season, Kingham is 3-7 with a 2.30 ERA in 16 starts between Indianapolis and Altoona. He has struck out 74 batters and walked 30 in 97 2/3 innings.

Honorable mention
Jose Berrios, RHP, Fort Myers Miracle: Twins' No. 5 prospect, 1-1, 2.08 ERA, 2 GS, 13 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 15 K

Zach Davies, RHP, Bowie Baysox: Orioles' No. 12 prospect, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K

Rafael De Paula, RHP, Frederick Keys: Yankees' No. 15 prospect, 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 GS, 11 1/3 IP, 9 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K

Daniel Norris, LHP, New Hampshire Fisher Cats: Blue Jays' No. 4 prospect, 1-0, 1.69 ERA, 2 GS, 10 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 16 K

Luis Severino, RHP, Tampa Yankees: Yankees' No. 9 prospect, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Lucas Sims, RHP, Lynchburg Hillcats: Braves' No. 1 prospect, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 7 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K

Austin Voth, RHP, Potomac Nationals: Nationals' No. 16 prospect, 1- 0, 0.69 ERA, 2 GS, 13 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 13 K

Taijuan Walker, RHP, Tacoma Rainers: Mainers' No. 1 prospect, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.