21 earned runs in 10.2 innings.  That's how Brandon Cumpton started his 2011 season with West Virginia.  The 2010 9th round pick signed out of Georgia Tech, where he didn't have the best numbers, putting up a 5.50 ERA in 73.2 innings, along with a 6.5 K/9 and a 3.9 BB/9 ratio.  Cumpton pitched in State College last year, with a 2.53 ERA in, coincidentally, 10.2 innings after signing.  But it was after 10.2 very bad innings this year that Cumpton was removed from the rotation.

His absence from the rotation only lasted 13 days.  Part of that was due to an injury to Tyler Waldron, which opened a rotation spot.  Part of that was also due to three perfect innings out of the bullpen, with three strikeouts.  From that point forward, Cumpton hasn't looked back, dominating low-A, and getting pro...

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