Today's game was meaningless. The Pirates won 4-2, but their standings wouldn't have changed regardless of the winner. Since the game was meaningless, the Pirates went with a different lineup, giving some regulars the day off. The Reds took the same approach, so the Pirates didn't necessarily have any advantage.

So what do you say about a meaningless game that has zero impact on the 2013 season, and didn't feature many players who would be on the playoff roster? How about looking at some of the performers in that game, and looking ahead to their possible roles in 2014?

Brandon Cumpton could be one of the top depth options for the Pirates next year. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Brandon Cumpton

First up is Brandon Cumpton, who threw five shutout innings today, giving up a walk and...

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