What Has Led to Adrian Sampson’s Breakout Season?
Aug21

What Has Led to Adrian Sampson’s Breakout Season?

After posting a 2.55 ERA in 24 starts with Altoona this season, Adrian Sampson earned a promotion to Triple-A Indianapolis to get in some work and experience before the season ends. While the first start did not go as planned for Sampson, as he allowed 10 hits and 6 runs in 3.2 innings, his second start looked much better. On Wednesday, Sampson went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out three. With this...

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Scout: Nick Kingham is a Poor Man’s Gerrit Cole
Aug16

Scout: Nick Kingham is a Poor Man’s Gerrit Cole

Following a fast start at Triple-A, Nick Kingham has come back down to Earth as of late. However, this has not dashed one American League scout’s opinion on the right-hander. The scout referred to Kingham as having the possibility as a frontline starter in Pittsburgh. “He has a hard change, but good fade,” the scout said. “There is late slider run and command with the fastball.” These pitches allow the scout to compare him to...

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Brandon Cumpton looks to make transition to the bullpen
Aug12

Brandon Cumpton looks to make transition to the bullpen

Brandon Cumpton has seen a great deal of success this season as a starting pitcher. However, with the need in Pittsburgh down the stretch in relief, Cumpton appears to be making this switch. On Sunday, Cumpton made only his seventh relief appearance of his professional career – six in the minors and one with the Pirates. In the outing, Cumpton allowed a pair of hits and struck out one, while tossing a scoreless ninth inning. With...

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Adrian Sampson promoted to Triple-A
Aug12

Adrian Sampson promoted to Triple-A

With the recent shuffling in the Indianapolis pitching staff, Adrian Sampson has been promoted to Triple-A from Altoona. Sampson, who posted a 2.55 ERA with the Curve this season, will join the Indianapolis rotation this week. In 24 starts, Sampson had 99 strikeouts and 30 walks, while allowing 125 hits. The 22-year-old Sampson has reached Triple-A in just his third professional season after starting out in Low-A after the Pirates...

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Gerrit Cole gets roughed up in second rehab start
Aug05

Gerrit Cole gets roughed up in second rehab start

After a strong first rehab appearance and a pair of side bullpen sessions, Gerrit Cole and the Pirates had high expectations from his second start with Indianapolis on Tuesday. However, those were dashed fairly quickly. Cole allowed ten hits and five earned runs in 4.1 innings on Tuesday. “I think the positives were that I got to the pitch count and got the amount of outs that I needed to get,” Cole said. “Coming off what I went...

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