PITTSBURGH — Steven Brault is a pitcher, of that much, he’s fairly certain.

Yes, he’s hitting a very un-pitcher-like .273 this season that not only leads the Pirates pitching staff, but is ahead of eight position players.

But Brault is definitely a pitcher. What’s more of an open question is what kind of pitcher he’s going to be.

Brault came up in first the Baltimore Orioles and then the Pittsburgh Pirates system as a starting pitcher and was a fairly successful one. In 2015 at Double-A Altoona, he had a 2.00 ERA with a 2.37 FIP. In 2016, he struggled with the initial adjustment to Triple-A, but in 2017 again put up sterling numbers with a 1.94 ERA and 3.29 FIP.

In the meantime, he made 19 major league appearances before the start of this season, with 11 of them as a starter an...

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