Brandon Cumpton: From Early Season Disaster to Great MLB Depth
Feb22

Brandon Cumpton: From Early Season Disaster to Great MLB Depth

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. or 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...

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Watch Brandon Cumpton Throw a Bullpen, Because It’s the Cump (Video)
Feb21
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Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Rotation
Feb12

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Spring Training Preview: The Rotation

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be kicking off Spring Training tomorrow, with pitchers and catchers reporting today. To get ready for Spring Training, we will be previewing one set of positions each day this week, with the final group coming tomorrow. Here are the groups we’ve already profiled: The Infield The Outfield Today we take a look at the starting rotation. The Phillies signed A.J. Burnett this afternoon, which means that...

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First Pitch: The Downside of Being a Top Prospect at a Young Age
Jan21

First Pitch: The Downside of Being a Top Prospect at a Young Age

Last week, during our top 20 prospect countdown, we profiled Andrew Lambo and Stolmy Pimentel as part of the 11-15 ranked prospects. Both guys share a lot in common in that they: **Were once top prospects at a young age. **Have both struggled at the Double-A level. **Were both traded to the Pirates at a low value. **Both had big bounce back seasons in 2013, finally dominating Double-A, carrying that over to Triple-A, and even making...

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The Pirates Have Plenty of Starting Pitching Depth in 2014
Oct22

The Pirates Have Plenty of Starting Pitching Depth in 2014

One of the biggest keys to the 2013 season for the Pittsburgh Pirates was their pitching depth. The Pirates used 12 different starting pitchers, and most of those starters were used in the first three months of the season. That didn’t count guys like Jeff Karstens and Kyle McPherson, who were counted on pre-season as depth options, but weren’t available due to injuries. The off-season focus is always on the five man...

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