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Mike Zagurski has been designated for assignment. (Photo by: David Hague)
The Pittsburgh Pirates have added right-handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton to the 40-man roster for his start tonight. To make room, they have designated left-handed Mike Zagurski for assignment. The DFA of Zagurski also clears a spot for Cumpton on the 25-man roster.
The DFA of Zagurski doesn’t come as a surprise. In six innings he gave up ten earned runs and had a 5:8 K/BB ratio. The Pirates have two strong left-handers in the majors in Tony Watson and Justin Wilson. They also have some left-handed depth in the minors with Kris Johnson and Andy Oliver. It was good to take a chance on Zagurski due to his Triple-A numbers (2.14 ERA, 15.9 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 in 21 innings), but the Pirates aren’t in a position where they can give an extended look to a guy like Zagurski if he doesn’t initially perform.
I’m not convinced that Cumpton is only up for one start. The injury to A.J. Burnett leaves the pitching staff short. Jeanmar Gomez made his first rehab start the other night in Indianapolis. James McDonald has at least one more rehab start remaining. That would give Cumpton at least two starts in the majors. For more on Cumpton, check out my article from yesterday breaking down his pitches and development in the minor league system.
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Cumpton has posted a 3.31 ERA for Triple-A Indianapolis.
Pitcher Brandon Cumpton will make Saturday’s start for the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Chelsa Messinger, Sports Anchor for the NBC affiliate in Columbus, Georgia.
Congrats to Former @GT_Baseball Pitcher Brandon Cumpton will make his major league debut on Saturday for the #Pirates
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Brandon Cumpton will make his major league debut tomorrow.
Earlier today we heard a report that Brandon Cumpton would be starting for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Later, Clint Hurdle confirmed the report, which means it’s time for another installment of “The Book”. Or “The Book on”. I don’t know, I’ve only done this twice, and after the first time Phil Irwin...
Brandon Cumpton faces Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers for his MLB debut.
Brandon Cumpton makes his Major League debut for the Pirates on Saturday afternoon facing the Los Angeles Dodgers at PNC Park. If his promotion came as a surprise to Pittsburgh fans, it was even more surprising for Cumpton.
“I was shocked. I had no idea,” Cumpton said Friday. “I didn’t see it coming...
Neil Walker and Travis Snider helped the Pittsburgh Pirates come from behind and forced extra innings, but Vin Mazzaro surrendered 2 runs in the 11th inning that allowed the Dodgers to knock off the Pirates 5-3.
Brandon Cumpton was not expected to move mountains in his spot start for the Pirates, but he gave them a chance to beat Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers on...
Brandon Cumpston‘s minor league contract has been purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates and he is expected to start Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cumpton is not considered a high prospect, ranking 25th in the Pirate’s organization, but the 24-year-old has been solid for AAA Indianapolis, tossing a 3.31 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 66 AAA innings.The Pirates are off...
I didn’t have one specific thing I wanted to write about, but a few notes I was thinking about. So I went with more of a notes column, with three different topics below.
Jeff Locke hasn’t regressed, but instead has improved his game.
**About a month ago we were talking about Jeff Locke being a regression candidate going forward. That sparked the usual responses of “what if...
Word is that Brandon Cumpton will make his major league debut tomorrow. I’m not sure who won the race for that hashtag but we’re giving credit to The Angry Fan credit. It’s certainly the best and surely what I’ll be using on Twitter. If you want to be one of the cool kids you’d better…
For the second time in one turn of their rotation, the Pirates are going to put a starting pitcher on the mound with absolutely no big league experience. Brandon Cumpton makes his big league debut today out of necessity more than anything; with AJ Burnett and Wandy Rodriguez and Jeanmar Gomez and Kyle McPherson and Phil Irwin on the disabled list and James McDonald struggling during...
Clint Hurdle confirmed Brandon Cumpton will make his MLB debut Saturday afternoon.
Let’s review the Pirates’ scheduled starting rotation following the news that Brandon Cumpton will take the place of injured A.J. Burnett.
Friday: Jeff Locke
Saturday: Brandon Cumpton (MLB Debut)
Sunday: Gerrit Cole
Monday: Francisco Liriano
Tuesday: Charlie Morton...
Brandon Cumpton kept the Pirates in the game, that’s all he needed to do. The Pirates just didn’t have the ball bounce their way. A great catch, a misplayed ball by Alex Presley, one more bobble with a man at third and this game is very, very different. It’s all gravy if they win today.…
The Pirates fell to the Dodgers in a wild, wild game on Saturday afternoon, evening this weekend’s series.
Brandon Cumpton immediately caught everyone’s attention with an incredible start to his big league debut. The righty isn’t known as a big strikeout guy, but he went right at the Dodgers and struck out all three batters in the first inning – then tacked on two more in...
Travis Snider hit the game-tying home run in the 9th, but it was not enough for the Bucs to win. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
What a fun baseball game, even if it did not turn out in the Pirates’ favor as the Bucs lost 5-3 in 11 innings. With so much happening, let’s boil this contest down to a series of moments:
Moment 1: Brandon Cumpton walks off the field in the second inning...
Dodgers (29-38) at Pirates (40-28)
1:35 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
TV: ROOT, TBS
The Bucs and Dodgers battle in a rubber match this afternoon on a rainy Father’s Day in Pittsburgh.
Brandon Cumpton will start again on Thursday, his next scheduled turn in the rotation.
Starling Marte is still out.
Russell Martin was scratched with a lower body injury...
Dodgers (28-38) at Pirates (40-27)
4:05 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
The Bucs look for two in a row and a series win this afternoon against the Dodgers. It won’t be easy. The game is at 4 today, presumably to avoid the 7 PM FOX blackout window.
Mike Zagurski was DFA’d to make room for today’s starter. Thank goodness.
Starling Marte is...
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Today’s Notable Games
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule
Today’s Notable Games
Los Angeles NL at Pittsburgh | 16:05 ET
Clayton Kershaw (100.1 IP, 83 xFIP-, 2.6 WAR) faces Brandon Cumpton (N/A). The latter makes his major-league debut in place of the injured...