If you would have told me during the first week of the 2013 season that Brandon Cumpton would have played an important depth role with the Pittsburgh Pirates, I would have thought:
1. The Pirates were going to have a disaster of a year.
2. You were crazy.
Cumpton had a horrible start to the 2013 season. He gave up eight earned runs in 9.2 innings of work in his first two starts in Altoona, and all of this despite returning to the level after a successful 2012 season. The Pirates promoted Cumpton to Triple-A after those two starts, but the promotion was mostly out of need. Phil Irwin had just been promoted to the majors, and Kyle McPherson went down with an injury for Indianapolis, which provided a need for additional starters in Triple-A. Cumpton had two more rough starts, giving up seven earned runs in 11.1 innings.
After that, something clicked and he started to cruise. By the end of the year, Cumpton was pitching in the majors, putting up a 2.05 ERA in 30.2 innings...
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.