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 level after a successful 2012 season. The Pirates promoted Cumpton to Triple-A after those two starts, but the promotion was mostly out of need. Phil Irwin had just been promoted to the majors, and Kyle McPherson went down with an injury for Indianapolis, which provided a need for additional starters in Triple-A. Cumpton had two more rough starts, g...

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