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  • emjayinTN

    He is just so loose and confident, and every pitch looks the same as it is released. He does not have a big mid-90’s heater, but he is a solid #4 or #5 on 20 of the 30 MLB teams. He has come a long way since being drafted and has piled up some very good seasons lately. Does he look like he has dropped weight since last year? He may have to go elsewhere to get a chance, but he is somebody who will be coveted by many teams.

    • piraddict

      Why not at the Pirates Emjay? Albeit with a small MLB sample last year Cumpton was statistically the Pirates best starter. Neither Glavin or Maddux were exceptionally fast, but they could pitch, and were just inducted in the HOF.

      • piraddict

        Who is faster, Wandy or Cumpton?

      • emjayinTN

        R: Good points, but I cannot see any way he stays in the majors out of ST. Beyond that, who knows? I cannot see the Pirates extending Liriano, Rodriguez, or Volquez beyond 2014, but Jameson Taillon should be up in June, and Nick Kingham could possibly be ready by the end of 2014. And there is always Jeff Locke, and possibly Justin Wilson or Stolmy Pimental in addition to Brandon Cumpton.

        • piraddict

          A wealth of choices for sure. I wish they had tried to extend Liriano. I think that instead of hiring Volquez if they had offered Liriano another $4MM add on to this years $8MM in exchange for a two year extension through 2016 at $12.5MM per additional year he might have taken it. But perhaps his past inconsistency gave the Pirates pause. Instead we have one year of Volquez, which we hope the staff will be able to reclaim ala Burnett and Liriano, but then he is gone.

          I think that the Pirates will stage the mid Summer arrivals of Taillon (2014), Kingham(2015) and Glasnow (2016) so that their service clocks are spread out evenly after Cole’s. The 2015 Spring Team will have Cole, Morton and Taillon as sure starters with Pimental, Cumpton, Locke and maybe Wilson in addition to any free agents the sign auditioning for the two other spots. ingham wil then be slotted for the 2015 mid Summer arrival.

  • weltytowngang

    Nice; control looks good. I don’t know what will happen with him, but unless something happens to him, he will turn out ok.

  • Y2JGQ2

    You don’t need great stuff to be a #1 or #2, I hate that old “he is a 3 or 4″ No… you pitch is what kind of a pitcher you are. Control, ability to change speeds, preparation, and mental focus have taken many 3’s to 1’s including Glavine and Maddux. No matter what you throw, you win 15-18 games in any jersey, and you are going to be called a #1 by more than a few people. Cumpton could very well accomplish that. Why not? Arroyo did, Esteban Loaiza did…..Jason Schmidt did…..

    • emjayinTN

      Y2: A good point, but in today’s world, a pitch to contact ground ball guy who throws 92 is not going to be thought of as a possible #1/#2. He has shown a lot of bulldog in him and is definitely a keeper – his first full season in the minors he had like a 21.00 ERA in his first 3 starts and finished starting 12 games and getting promoted with a record of 7-4, 4.30. He will not quit, and he knows how to win. Entering his age 25 season, he has 2 options left, and I see him in AAA waiting to see what happens. I hope he stays there because that would mean that everything is going well with our Rotation in Pittsburgh. I think he has a future in MLB.

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