Steven Brault is the Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Month for August

Yesterday I wrote about how Steven Brault could be the exception in regards to starting pitchers being promoted to Indianapolis before having a full-season of innings in Altoona. There’s a big reason for this, and it involves Brault’s advanced stuff, which have led to some advanced numbers in Altoona. That was on full display during the month of August, when the left-hander put up an 0.93 ERA in 48.1 innings, with a 34:11 K/BB ratio and an 0.85 WHIP. That performance was enough for him to be named our Pitcher of the Month for the month of August, which also included stats from the first week of September.

Brault started the year in Bradenton after coming over in the Travis Snider trade. He put up a 3.02 ERA in 65.2 innings of work before his promotion to Altoona. Somehow, he ended up with better numbers at the higher level, posting a 2.00 ERA in 90 innings, with an 80:19 K/BB ratio. That was largely due to his final five weeks of the season, where he put up some fantastic numbers. He finished the regular season on a strong note with 15 shutout innings over his final two starts, allowing six hits, no walks, and striking out seven.

The season isn’t over for Brault, as he will pitch in the Eastern League playoffs this week. He will then go to the Arizona Fall League over the off-season, where he will continue getting innings, adding on to his current 155.2 inning total between two levels. Brault threw 146.1 innings last year, so he should be able to handle the increase.

Brault is our fifth different Pitcher of the Month this season, and the third Altoona pitcher to win the honors this season, following Angel Sanchez (April) and Chad Kuhl (July). This was also the first time Brault was a Pitcher of the Month at any level this season.

PITCHERS OF THE MONTH BY LEVEL

Indianapolis – Wilfredo Boscan, RHP (1.93 ERA, 26:5 K/BB, 37.1 IP)

Altoona – Steven Brault, LHP (0.93 ERA, 34:11 K/BB, 48.1 IP)

Bradenton – Tyler Eppler, RHP (0.85 ERA, 20:6 K/BB, 31.2 IP)

West Virginia – Yeudy Garcia, RHP (2.36 ERA, 31:14 K/BB, 34.1 IP)

Morgantown – J.T. Brubaker, RHP (1.95 ERA, 25:8 K/BB, 37.0 IP)

Bristol – Logan Sendelbach, RHP (2.16 ERA, 16:7 K/BB, 25.0 IP)

GCL – Chris Plitt, RHP (0.82 ERA, 14:3 K/BB, 22.0 IP)

  • Brault will be a great middle to back of the rotation guy. He should be the epitome of the classic ” crafty left hander “.

    • How do you compare him to Locke?

      • Hopefully better. A LOT better.

      • Or a better question: where on the spectrum from Locke to Tom Glavine do you place him?

      • From past writings on here, he seems to have much better command than Locke. Locke has good stuff but has poor command. He nibbles at the plate and just misses the strike zone or he misses bad in the strike zone and gets hit hard.

      • Less stuff, better command. Command is >> stuff, though.

    • Maybe not quite the potential that Locke had/has. But he should be a lower risk to reach that potential at this point.

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