AFL: Shaky Outing For Steven Brault in Glendale Defeat

On Thursday afternoon in the Arizona Fall League, Steven Brault made his third start for Glendale. The stats from his first start ended up getting wiped out when the game was called in the fourth inning due to a dust storm. In his second start, he allowed three earned runs over two innings. Adam Frazier was the only Pirate in the starting lineup. He batted lead-off and played shortstop. Glendale lost 4-2 to Scottsdale in seven innings, with the game getting called early due to rain.

In the first inning, Brault allowed a lead-off single, then got a ground out to second base, which resulted in the lead runner being retired. The next batter up was JaCoby Jones, and he lined the first pitch he saw into right field for a single. Two pitches later, Brault got out of the inning with a double play that was started by Adam Frazier. He threw just nine pitches in the inning, six for strikes.

In the second inning, Brault got into trouble early. He allowed a double and a single, putting runners on the corners with no outs. He struck out the next batter, then a fly ball to right field that dropped in, turned into a force out at second base. Brault recorded an out on the play, but the tying run crossed the plate. That play was followed by a single, then he got out of the inning with a grounder to third base for the final out.  He needed 23 pitches in the inning and through two frames, he allowed five hits.

In the third inning, Brault started off with a fly ball to left field for the first out. He then retired JaCoby Jones on another fly out to left field. He couldn’t get through the inning clean though, giving up a two-out single. That runner moved to second on a passed ball before Brault issued his first walk. He worked hard in this inning, finally ending it with a strikeout. That would end his day, and despite allowing just one run over three innings, he put seven runners on base and needed 58 pitches to get through his abbreviated outing.

The starting pitcher for Scottsdale was Austin Kubitza, who was a seventh round pick of the Pirates in 2010 out of high school. He decided to go to Rice and was drafted three years later by the Tigers in the fourth round. Kubitza faced Altoona six times this year and Adam Frazier did well against him, posting an .855 OPS, while scoring five times and driving in five runs. Leading off the game, Frazier singled to right field on a 2-2 pitch. Two batters later, he scored the first run of the game. In the second inning, he grounded out to shortstop for the final out of the inning.

In the fifth inning, Frazier led off with a line out to center field. In the seventh inning, he struck out swinging, which was immediately followed by a rain delay and eventually the game being called. Frazier is batting .321 through 28 at-bats, with a .965 OPS.

  • John: I always go to the AFL page and one of the headlines was “Bucs’ Brault strong in Fall League action” by Tom Singer of He liked the fact that Brault was pitching to contact and allowing the defense to work rather than trying to be too fine. He also left a lot of runners on base (rather not see them there in the first place), and left the game with a 2-1 lead after 3 IP. The best parts of the article were the statements from Brault about the Pirates, the strength of the program, and his goal to get to PNC and bat – a converted college OF who hit over .400 at Altoona last year.

    Former 2nd Rounder Brooks Pounders is doing very well in the AFL – 3 starts, 12 IP, 0 Walks/14 K’s. I think he was injured most of 2015.

    • But Tom Singer.

    • I saw that headline and laughed. I always consider a solid outing to include: back-to-back innings in which a pitcher throws 49 pitches, plus a 2.33 WHIP. #solid

  • On another topic, I see that the Rockies declined Morneau’s $9 million option. I wonder if we could trade for that contract and exercise it. He would be the perfect fit for our 1B situation.

    • Respectfully disagree. $9 mil for a guy going into his age 35 season who was injured most of the 2015 season (played only 44 games)?

    • SufferinBuccotash
      October 30, 2015 9:17 am

      If they declined his option, then he should be a free agent. He should sign well south of $9 million after last season, I would think.

    • Id always be wary of flashy stats from guys that play in COL. His AVG is nice, but his BABIP also became a bit inflated when he started playing in COL. With below average power a return to non-coors levels makes him the same high OBP guy with a .270-ish average. Meh

      • And sadly, how can you trust him after yet another concussion?

        • Too many warning flags to ignore. Health, home park inflation of stats, lack of other stats (HRs), etc. If his value is down at like 3-4 million maybe.

    • 1. At $9 million, he’ll be cheaper than Pedro, and both will be in the last year of their contracts.
      2. He can still field.
      3. He’s only going to be needed for half a season, in all probability. And only in a platoon / defensive replacement role.
      4. There aren’t many FA 1B out there unless NH has a AAAA player on his radar.
      5. Trading for a guy whose team just declined his option probably just requires “cash considerations.” I would even go as high as Gorkys Hernandez or Jaff Decker.