Brandon Cumpton Will Start for Pirates on Saturday

Cumpton has posted a 3.31 ERA for Triple-A Indianapolis.

Cumpton has posted a 3.31 ERA for Triple-A Indianapolis.

[Update, 3:27 p.m. — The Pirates confirmed Cumpton is in Pittsburgh, currently a part of the taxi squad but not yet added to the active roster.]

Pitcher Brandon Cumpton will make Saturday’s start for the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Chelsa Messinger, Sports Anchor for the NBC affiliate in Columbus, Georgia.

Cumpton, 24, was already scheduled to pitch Saturday for Triple-A Indianapolis. Since being promoted from Double-A, Cumpton has a 3.31 ERA, 49 strikeouts and 22 walks in 65.1 innings. The right-hander is coming off his longest start of the season, allowing two earned runs in 7.1 innings against Norfolk. His fastball reached 96 mph in Spring Training.

The Pirates would have to open up a spot on the 40-man roster, as well as the active 25-man roster, for Cumpton. The Georgia Tech product was drafted in the 9th round of the 2010 Draft. Last season for Double-A Altoona, he had a high groundball rate and a 3.84 ERA but just 88 strikeouts in 152 innings.

UPDATE 3:53 PM: Clint Hurdle has confirmed Cumpton will start.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.brooks.581 Stephen Brooks

    If it isn’t Zagurski, something’s really wrong.

  • BostonsCommon

    Good for him. Worked his way through the system, earning promotions, and now he’s going to get a shot due to injury. I hope he does well, and makes future decisions difficult for management. It’s good to see homegrown, late round talent, popping up in the Bigs. I like it.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD

    Good for him….seems like he has been progressing along and has positioned himself for this opportunity. I wonder if Taillon was given any consideration? I don’t know when his last start was for Altoona??

    • http://www.facebook.com/ian.rothermund Ian Rothermund

      He didn’t make his last start because of a stiff neck, but it should’ve been a few days ago.

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