JT Brubaker Discusses the Short Memory Needed in the Majors

ST. PETERSBURG - Between his time in college and his time in the minors, JT Brubaker earned a reputation as a big game pitcher.

Opening day starts. Championship games.

Now, he finds himself in the majors, where every game is a big game.

This is Brubaker's third year as a starter in the Pittsburgh Pirates' rotation. In 15 starts so far, he has a 4.14 ERA, which is the best mark of his career, and in line with his career xFIP.

While covering the Pirates/Rays series last weekend, I had a chance to see Brubaker put up a quality start, giving up three runs in six innings. Brubaker did a great job of limiting damage and preventing things from spiraling out of control.

That's what you'd expect from someone who showed a calm demeanor in the highest pressure situations in the minors....



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The Pirates have had very good success with drafting some small college pitchers and developing them into valuable 4, 5 SP’s in the Rotation. Chad Kuhl out of Delaware was one, and now JT Brubaker out of Akron.

In 2022 he has shown an increase in the percentage of balls classified as soft and medium contact over 2021. In 2021, his first full year as a SP his soft contact was 16.1% and medium 48.8%. In 2022 they are up to soft of 17.1% and Medium up to 54%. Balls hard hit are down accordingly from 35.6% in 2021 to 29% in 2022. Definitely somebody moving in the right direction.

Averaging 5+ innings per start in 40 starts the last 2 years – 24 Starts in 2021 and 16 Starts so far in 2022. A valuable innings eater.


That’s sports (and life) in a nutshell – learn from the good and bad, keep moving forward.


He’s solid and good to have on the team.

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