With A.J. Burnett unable to pitch on Friday night, Jeff Locke was moved up a day, leaving an opening on Saturday. The Pirates have selected the contract of RHP Brandon Cumpton, who will make his MLB debut at 4:05 pm against the Dodgers.
Weight: 198 lbs.
Drafted by the Pirates in the 9th round of the 2010 Draft out of Georgia Tech
In 10 starts for Triple-A Indianapolis, Cumpton went 4-4 with a 3.31 ERA. He’s not overwhelming with strikeouts, but induces plenty of groundouts. His career MiLB stats:
A quick scouting report via Pirates Prospects:
[quote_simple]”Cumpton will pound the strike zone with his fastball, which usually sits around 92 as a starter and has a lot of movement and downward angle. He pairs that with a good mid-80s slider and also throws a changeup. He can get strikeouts with the slider, but mostly works toward efficiency and tries to get outs on the ground. He is fearless when throwing inside, usually living on the inner half of the plate. He’s got good command of his pitches, doesn’t issue a lot of walks, and is very efficient with his pitch counts.”[/quote_simple]
To make room for him on the 25-man and 40-man rosters, LHP Mike Zagurski has been designated for assignment. The 30-year-old reliever posted a 15.00 ERA in six outings.