First Pitch: Locke’s Anti-Regression, Cumpton a Bonus, and Jamestown

I didn’t have one specific thing I wanted to write about, but a few notes I was thinking about. So I went with more of a notes column, with three different topics below. **About a month ago we were talking about Jeff Locke being a regression candidate going forward. That sparked the usual responses of “what if Locke is the exception and outperforms his FIP all year?” Well, he isn’t the exception. Locke has been...

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Brandon Cumpton Will Start for Pirates on Saturday

[Update, 3:27 p.m. — The Pirates confirmed Cumpton is in Pittsburgh, currently a part of the taxi squad but not yet added to the active roster.] Pitcher Brandon Cumpton will make Saturday’s start for the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Chelsa Messinger,┬áSports Anchor for the NBC affiliate in Columbus, Georgia. Congrats to Former @GT_Baseball Pitcher Brandon Cumpton will make his major league debut on Saturday for the...

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First Pitch: The Pirates Have Had Some Amazing Starting Pitching Depth

Earlier today I was recording a podcast with James Santelli and Tom Bragg, talking about the rotation, and what moves would need to be made once guys like Jeanmar Gomez, James McDonald, and Wandy Rodriguez returned. Most of the conversation surrounded the fact that the Pirates were about to have too many starters for the rotation. A few hours later, I was writing an article wondering who the Pirates could use to start Saturday’s...

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Prospect Watch: Kingham Makes Final Start For Bradenton; D’Arnaud Homers

Top Pitcher: Brandon Cumpton, Top Hitter: Chase d’Arnaud, HR: Chase d’Arnaud

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Top Performers: Gerrit Cole Finishes Strong Before His Promotion

Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten and the bottom five starts are broken down below the chart. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s...

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