Morning Report: Team-By-Team Pitching Leaders for the Pirates

In yesterday’s Morning Report, I compared the hitting leaders for each team at the end of April and the end of May. It was an update of an article I did back on April 28th. I also did one on the pitching leaders for each team back on April 29th. Below you will find the April stats from that article copied and pasted, followed by “….”, then the current leaders for each category.

When I did this last month, I used innings pitched, WHIP, strikeouts and then best ERA for both starters and relievers. For the May updates down below, I’m going with a minimum of 35 innings for starters in ERA and WHIP, and 20 innings for relievers in the ERA category. The reliever ERA below is listed as rERA. That’s not a real stat, just using it to easily tell the difference between the two groups.


IP: Steven Brault, 25.2 …. Drew Hutchison, 54.2

ERA: Tyler Eppler, 2.45 …. Steven Brault, 2.48

WHIP: Eppler, 0.82 …. Eppler, 1.10

SO: Brault, 24 …. Clay Holmes, 51

rERA: Doydas Neverauskas, 0.00 …. Edgar Santana, 1.55


IP: JT Brubaker, 23.0 …. Alex McRae, 55.0

ERA: Alex McRae, 1.99 …. Austin Coley, 2.93

WHIP: McRae, 1.19 …. Coley, 1.24

SO: Austin Coley, 17 …. Yeudy Garcia, 35

rERA: Tate Scioneaux, Sean Keselica, Buddy Borden, 0.00 …. Buddy Borden, 0.73


IP: Dario Agrazal, 30.2 …. Agrazal, 61.1

ERA: Pedro Vasquez, 1.83 …. Vasquez, 1.97

WHIP: Agrazal, 1.08 …. Mitch Keller, 0.93

SO: Taylor Hearn, 22 …. Hearn, 57

rERA: Yunior Montero, Seth McGarry, 0.00 …. Daniel Zamora, 0.79

West Virginia

IP: James Marvel, Matt Anderson, 23.0 …. Luis Escobar, 46.2

ERA: Cam Vieaux, 1.61 …. Cam Vieaux, 1.81

WHIP: Eduardo Vera, 0.77 …. Eduardo Vera, 0.91

SO: Luis Escobar, 41 …. Luis Escobar, 62

rERA: Jordan Jess, 0.84 …. Geoff Hartlieb, 1.19

To make it easier for you, the overall leaders are:

Dario Agrazal, 61.1 IP

Cam Vieaux, 1.81 ERA

Eduardo Vera, 0.91 WHIP

Taylor Hearn, 57 strikeouts

Buddy Borden, 0.73 rERA


Bradenton trails in their division by a half game with 17 games remaining in the first half.

West Virginia trails their division leader by 5.5 games, with 17 games left in the first half. They are in fifth place.


Source: FanGraphs


Today’s Starter and Notes: The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 6-5 in 14 innings to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday afternoon. The Pirates have off today, as they travel to New York for a three-game series against the Mets. Gerrit Cole is scheduled to face Matt Harvey.

In the minors, Steven Brault gets his 11th start for Indianapolis tonight. He has allowed one run in six of those starts and threw shutout ball in another. He ranks fourth in the International League in ERA and ninth in strikeouts. J.T. Brubaker makes his second start since returning from a blister on his right index finger. He allowed one run over five innings in his last outing. Blake Cederlind makes his fourth start of the season tonight. The 2016 5th round pick has gone at least two innings in all ten appearances this year, though he has topped out at four innings.

MLB: Pittsburgh (24-30) @ Mets (23-28) 7:10 PM 6/2
Probable starter: Gerrit Cole (3.65 ERA, 14:55 BB/SO, 66.2 IP)

AAA: Indianapolis (28-23) vs Lehigh Valley (36-16) 7:05 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Steven Brault (2.48 ERA, 25:50 BB/SO, 54.1 IP)

AA: Altoona (28-22) vs Akron (23-25) 6:00 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: JT Brubaker (3.86 ERA, 12:27 BB/SO, 39.2 IP)

High-A: Bradenton (31-21) vs Ft Myers (25-28) 6:35 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Bret Helton (4.78 ERA, 14:36 BB/SO, 37.2 IP)

Low-A: West Virginia (24-25) @ Rome (30-23) 7:00 PM (season preview)
Probable starter: Blake Cederlind (3.54 ERA, 13:30 BB/SO, 28.0 IP)


Here is a single from Tuesday by Adrian Valerio, who extended his hit streak to nine games on Wednesday.


5/31: Anderson Feliz added to Indianapolis roster. Brett McKinney assigned to Morgantown.

5/30: Chris Stewart placed on disabled list. Pirates recall Elias Diaz.

5/30: Jackson Williams promoted to Indianapolis. Tomas Morales added to Altoona roster.

5/30: Trae Arbet added to West Virginia roster. Andrew Walker assigned to Morgantown.

5/28: Jameson Taillon assigned to Altoona on rehab.

5/27: Yunior Montero assigned to Bradenton. Danny Arribas assigned to Extended Spring Training.

5/27: Antonio Bastardo and Josh Lindblom assigned to Indianapolis on rehab.

5/27: Andrew Walker assigned to West Virginia. Trae Arbet assigned to Morgantown.

5/26: Kevin Krause activated from disabled list. Mitch Keller placed on disabled list.

5/26: Eury Perez assigned to Morgantown.

5/25: Chris Harvey retired.

5/25: Gregory Polanco activated from the disabled list. Danny Ortiz optioned to Indianapolis.

5/23: Yunior Montero assigned to Extended Spring Training. Sam Street added to Bradenton roster.


Five former Pittsburgh Pirates players born on this date, and one has an interesting story attached to his last game. As for the other four players, we start with Hal Smith, who caught for the 1965 Pirates. He was actually a coach who got forced into catching duties due to injuries. He retired from playing in 1961, so he wasn’t that far removed from his big league career. He remained a coach with the Pirates for two more years. He is one of three players named Hal Smith who have played in the majors, and all three played for the Pirates.

Lou Tost pitched one game for the Pirates on April 24, 1947 and allowed one run in one inning. It was his last big league game. Other players born on this date include 1925 first baseman Al Niehaus and 1898 second baseman Bill Eagan. Niehaus hit .219 in 17 games for the 1925 Pirates as a 26-year-old rookie, before they traded him to Reds for pitcher Tom Sheehan. Eagan hit .328 in his brief time with the Pirates, but they let him go after he showed up to the park drunk (after staying out all night) and he was unable to play on June 3, 1898.

Finally, one player of note that was born on this date is pitcher Harry Gardner. He didn’t do much during his two seasons (1911-12), but according to his official career stats, he has been discredited for a long time. In his last game, stats that you will find anywhere say that he gave up six unearned runs and recorded just one out. Those stats are wrong. Gardner actually allowed three unearned runs and pitched a complete inning according to the boxscores and game notes from back on April 14, 1912. You can read a full recap of the differences here.

  • Has Vieux really been that dominant all year, or has his suboptimal defense in WV made his ERA look better than he has actually pitched? The ERA is pretty consistent to blame completely on defense, so I may have just answered my own question.

    • John Dreker
      June 1, 2017 9:35 am

      He’s a 23-year-old college pitcher with control and secondary pitches. He came from a major college with three years as a starter so he shouldn’t have trouble in Low-A. Being a lefty also helps at the lower levels. I’ve seen lefties dominate at the level with less than what he has.