Brandon Cumpton has been named the starter for game two of today’s double header. Earlier today David Todd of ESPN 970 first reported today that he was hearing Cumpton would be joining the Pirates.
Source tells me Brandon Cumpton joining #Pirates today. If verified he would start game 2. Expect Martin to catch AJ. Sanchez to catch Cump.
— David Todd (@DTonPirates) July 30, 2013
This isn’t a surprise, since the options were Cumpton or Stolmy Pimentel. Cumpton has a few major league starts under his belt, while Pimentel has just eight starts in Triple-A. Personally I would have wanted to see Pimentel, but that’s more for the novelty of seeing what he could do with a major league start. I don’t think Pimentel offers any sort of guarantee over Cumpton in the short-term, although I think he’s better in the long-term.