While the Bradenton Marauders didn't see any hitters promoted this year, their pitching staff saw a lot of promotions. The most notable of the crew were Kyle McPherson, who is a favorite to end up as the pitcher of the year in the entire minor league system, and Phillip Irwin, who surprised this year with strong numbers in Bradenton, and continued his success in Altoona. The Bradenton pitching staff was a little bit older than the hitters, with several guys out of the college ranks from recent drafts. Here is a rundown of how each player did, broken down by age group.
Cumpton made the jump to high-A in the second half, with good results.
The Pirates hoped that Brandon Cumpton and Tyler Waldron would make the jump to Bradenton early in the season. After some initial struggles, Cumpton jumped up to Bradenton around mid-season, and posted some impressive resu...
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