Brandon Cumpton Promoted to Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted right handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton to high-A Bradenton from West Virginia, according to a West Virginia press release.  Cumpton was a ninth round draft pick last year out of Georgia Tech, and had a 4.30 ERA in 67 innings with West Virginia, along with a 48:18 K/BB ratio. The numbers are inflated by his first three starts.  Cumpton allowed 21 earned runs in his first three outings of the season....

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Taillon, Cumpton, Grovatt Named to SAL All-Star Game

The West Virginia Power will be sending three players to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, as Jameson Taillon, Brandon Cumpton, and Daniel Grovatt were all named to the team today. Taillon, the first round draft pick from 2010, has a 3.71 ERA in 34 innings this year, with a 27:4 K/BB ratio.  Taillon has allowed one or fewer earned runs in five of his eight outings. Cumpton, who was drafted in the 9th round in 2010, has a 5.11...

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Interview with Jeff Johnson

The Pittsburgh Pirates have spent a lot of money and high draft picks the last few years on pitching, especially young prep pitchers.  A lot of those prep pitchers are pitching in West Virginia this year, giving West Virginia pitching coach Jeff Johnson one of the most important assignments in the organization.  I spoke with Johnson at the West Virginia media day prior to the start of the 2011 season.  Note that this interview...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 4/7/11

DAILY SUMMARY Top Pitcher: Kyle McPherson (5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR) Top Hitter: Quincy Latimore (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI) Home Runs: None INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Result: Columbus 4, Indianapolis 3 Starting Pitcher: Brian Burres (5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR) Top Hitter: Gorkys Hernandez (1-for-3, 3B, 2 BB, 2 RBI) Notes: Brian Burres (0-1, 3.60) wasn’t very effective, throwing 75 pitches, with 46 for...

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Minor League Schedule: 4/7

This entire minor league season Pirates Prospects will have a daily minor league thread listing the Pirates minor league teams along with their record, scheduled games, probable starters (when available) and game notes. Be sure to check back throughout the day for any updates such as lineups, minor injuries or for the listing of pitchers not included in the original post. Here is your minor league opening day schedule/probables with...

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