Brandon Cumpton is off to a staggeringly strong start this season. However, that is not something that he is generally accustomed to.

This is a trend that holds up statistically as well, as 2014 is the only successful April that Cumpton has compiled in professional baseball. In 2013, Cumpton allowed 16 earned runs in 28 innings with Altoona and Indianapolis. In 2012, he allowed 10 earned runs in 25 innings with Altoona. But the most astounding is the 21 earned runs in 13 innings that he allowed with West Virginia in 2011.

This season, Cumpton got the early season woes out of his system in his first three Spring Training starts. In those games, he allowed seven runs (only three earned) in nine innings. In his final two games of the spring, he allowed just one earned run on five hits i...

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