Steven Brault will make the start in Pittsburgh tonight. It will be his third start of the season, with all three coming this month. Brault wasn't really getting starts out of necessity, but was placed in the Pirates' rotation this month to give guys like Ivan Nova a break. He didn't make a start earlier in the year, and that wasn't because he was undeserving, but because the Pirates didn't have many opportunities for depth starters, with the rotation staying mostly healthy and productive.
As a result, Brault stayed in the minors most of the year, and he dominated to the tune of a 1.94 ERA in 120.1 innings with Indianapolis, along with a 109:44 K/BB ratio. That performance makes him the 2017 Pirates Prospects Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Brault's ERA was the lowest in the system...
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