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Pirates Promote Brandon Cumpton For Today’s Start

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled right-handed pitcher Brandon Cumpton from Triple-A Indianapolis for today’s start. Cumpton is replacing Wandy Rodriguez in the rotation for at least this start, and could make additional starts while Rodriguez is out. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Pirates optioned Jared Hughes to Triple-A. Hughes was called up earlier in the week when Wandy Rodriguez went on the disabled list, providing the Pirates with an extra reliever for a few days.

For more on Brandon Cumpton, check out Ryan Palencer’s article from yesterday, which talks about Cumpton’s strong start to the year, and includes his upside from an NL scout.

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Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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Tim, What is the source of the dramatic improvement of Adrian Sampson from 2013 to 2014? K’s way up, BAA way down, ERA way down. The step change in results is remarkable. Did he learn a new pitch or two, change his delivery? Do you think his present results are sustainable and if so should he be thought of in the same category as Kingham, Sadler, Taillon?

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