Brandon Tyler Cumpton...Wife's name is Jennifer...Is a 2007 graduate of Greenbrier High School in Evans, GA, where he was a four-year letterwinner in baseball...Was named a Louisville Slugger All-American as a pitcher and third baseman during his senior year...Led Greenbrier to the 2006 and 2007 AAAA State Championship as well as three regional championships... Earned the win in the title game during the 2007 Barrett-Fletcher World Series championships...Finished his high school career with a 31-3 record and a 1.01 ERA while batting .415 with 10 home runs and 106 RBI...Played three years at Georgia Tech, where he went 9-3 with a 5.50 ERA in 15 starts as a junior in 2010...Ranked second on the team with 63 strikeouts as a sophomore and also led the ACC in fewest home runs allowed (three)...Had his high school uniform number #12 retired in a ceremony on 1/17/14...Signed by Pirates scout Greg Schilz.
Began season with Triple-A Indianapolis and pitched 6.0 scoreless innings in his season debut and victory on 4/5 at Columbus... Received a no-decision on 4/10 vs. Toledo (6.0ip/3er) and tossed 7.0 scoreless frames while winning again on 4/18 at Louisville...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 4/24 and made start that afternoon vs. Cincinnati; gave up two runs in 7.0ip and lost a 2-1 decision to Tony Cingrani...Extended his Major League scoreless innings streak (spanning two seasons) to 20.0 innings before allowing two runs to the Reds in the sixth inning on 4/24...Made his second start in the second game af a doubleheader at Baltimore on 5/1; took a 4-0 lead to the sixth inning before allowing four runs in the no-decision (5.2ip/4er)...Was optioned back to Indy on 5/3...Tossed a rain-shortened complete game on 5/13 vs. Pawtucket (6.0ip/2er)...Was recalled by Pittsburgh to be the 26th man in a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on 5/18, but did not appear in a game...Returned to Indy the following day...Tossed a season-high 8.0 innings and gave up just one run while winning a 4-2 decision at Gwinnett on 5/20... Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 5/26 and received a no-decision that afternoon at New York (NL); gave up two runs (one earned) in 6.0ip...Suffered loss at Dodger Stadium on 5/31 (3.2ip/11r/10er)...Won his first game with the Pirates on 6/6 vs. Milwaukee (5.ip/3er)...Singled off Jason Hammel for first Major League hit while winning his second straight start on 6/11 vs. Chicago... Pitched 7.0 scoreless innings and won his third straight decision on 6/22 at Chicago (NL)...Gave up two runs in 7.0ip, but received a no-decision on 6/27 vs. New York (NL)...Was optioned to Indianapolis on 6/28 when Gerrit Cole came off the disabled list...Made start with Indianapolis on 7/4 (6.0ip/3er) before being recalled by Pittsburgh a fourth time when Cole went on the D.L. on 7/8...Made start on 7/9 at St. Louis and suffered 5-2 loss to Lance Lynn (3.1ip/4er)...Was optioned back to Indianapolis on 7/10...Tossed 8.0 scoreless innings, matching his season high, and gave up just two hits in a 1-0 win at Columbus on 7/17...Was named International League Pitcher-ofthe- Week for the week ending 7/20...Lost three straight starts from 7/22 thru 8/1...Made lone relief outing with Indy on 8/10 vs. Rochester and tossed 1.0 scoreless inning...Was recalled a fifth and final time by Pittsburgh on 8/12... Pitched 2.0 innings of relief on 8/14 at Detroit (3r/2er)...Suffered loss in relief on 8/17 at Washington...Pitched a team season-high 5.0 innings of relief (74 pitches) on 8/19 vs. Atlanta...Did not pitch again until tossing 3.0 scoreless frames on 9/2 at St. Louis...Also tossed a scoreless inning on 9/6 at Chicago and made final appearance (1.1ip/2er) on 9/13 vs. Chicago...Gave up just two home runs while pitching with the Pirates and both came to right-handed batters; Hanley Ramirez at Los Angeles on 5/31 and Atlanta's Evan Gattis at PNC Park on 8/19...Went 3-3 with a 4.98 ERA (56.0ip/31er) in his 10 starts with Pittsburgh and 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA (14.0ip/7er) in six relief appearances... Went 2-for-17 with a walk and an RBI at the plate with the Pirates; picked up his first big league RBI with a single off Aaron Harang on 8/19. 2013: Spent
Spent majority of season with Triple-A Indianapolis and ranked seventh in the International League in ERA...Went 6-8 with a 3.62 ERA (131.2ip/53er) and 97 strikeouts in 23 minor league games (21 starts)...Established minor league career high in strikeouts and posted career-low ERA...Began season with Double-A Altoona and went 0-1 with a 7.45 ERA in two starts (9/2ip/9r/8er)...Was promoted to Indianapolis on 4/14 and made Triple-A debut on 4/15 at Toledo (5.1ip/4er)...Pitched 7.0 scoreless innings while winning first game with Indy on 4/26 vs. Lehigh Valley...Tossed 4.0 innings of relief on 5/2 at Lehigh Valley and picked up his second victory...Was selected by Pittsburgh on 6/15 and made Major League debut against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers at PNC Park that afternoon; struck out the first four batters he faced and gave up two runs in 5.0ip+ in a no-decision...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last National League pitcher to start his career with such a streak was Pete Richert of the Dodgers, who fanned his first six batters on April 12, 1962 against the Reds...Made his second start on 6/20 at Cincinnati and received a no-decision (5.0ip/2er) in a 5-3 Bucco victory...Was optioned to Indianapolis on 6/21...Suffered loss vs. Rochester on 6/26 (5.0ip/8h/6r/5er/2bb/6so)...Was recalled on 7/2 and made third big league start that night vs. Philadelphia; suffered 3-1 loss to Jonathan Pettibone (5.2ip/6h/3r/3er/1bb/3so)...Was optioned back to Indy the following day...Went 0-2 with a 3.63 ERA (22.1ip/9er) in four Triple-A starts between 7/8-25...Pitched 5.0 innings of relief on 7/20 at Gwinnett and was credited with a 6.0-inning complete game on 7/25 at Charlotte...Was recalled by Pittsburgh to start the second game of a doubleheader vs. St. Louis on 7/30; tossed 7.0 scoreless innings that night and picked up his first Major League win...Was optioned back to Indy on 7/31 and went 2-0 with a 2.15 ERA (29.1ip/7er) in five starts during the month of August...Tied career high (second time) with 8.0 innings pitched on 8/17 at Syracuse...Was recalled a final time by Pittsburgh on 9/7...Made lone relief appearance with Pirates on 9/22 vs. Cincinnati and pitched 3.0 scoreless innings...Made final outing/start on 9/29 at Cincinnati and won his second decision...Finished season pitching 15.0 consecutive scoreless innings with Pittsburgh...Went 0-for-9 with a walk at the plate with the Pirates.
Spent entire season with Altoona and was named to the Eastern League mid-season All-Star team...Ranked second in the league in wins and ranked second among Pittsburgh farmhands in that department...Set minor league career highs in wins, starts and innings pitched...Picked up first Double-A win on 4/19 vs. Richmond...Won four straight starts from 4/19 to 5/6...Went 4-2 with a 3.47 ERA in six starts during the month of May...Gave up season-high three home runs in 4.2ip on 5/12 at Erie; did not surrender a home run in his next 13 starts (75.1ip) thru 7/27 and just four total in last 20 starts (111.0ip)...Pitched a career-high 8.0 innings on 6/3 vs. Portland...Did not pitch in the Eastern League All-Star Game...Won back-to-back starts on 7/22 and 7/27...Turned in shortest outing of the season on 8/7 vs. Bowie, allowing six runs (three earned), three walks and two hits in 2.0ip...Rebounded with 5.2 frames in a win on 8/12 vs. Trenton...Suffered 10th defeat while allowing a season-high 11 hits and six earned runs on 8/18 at New Hampshire...Gave up 11 hits again on 8/29 vs. Akron, but allowed just one run in 7.0ip in a no-decision...Was victorious in final start on 9/3 at Erie (6.0ip/2h/1er)...Went 0-0 with a 2.57 (14.0ip/4er) in 11 relief appearances during the Arizona Fall League.
Went 10-7 with a 3.98 ERA (133.1ip/59er) and 90 strikeouts in 25 combined starts between Low-A West Virginia and High-A Bradenton...Gave up seven runs in each of his first three appearances (10.2ip/21er); all starts and all losses...Righted the ship with 3.0 perfect innings of relief on 4/25 vs. Hagerstown...Returned to starting rotation and won six straight starts from 5/2-30, dropping his season ERA from 13.83 to 4.53...Went 6-0 with a 1.18 ERA (38.0ip/7r/5er) in six starts during the month of May...Was named South Atlantic League Pitcher-of-the-Week for the period of 5/23-29 after blanking Delmarva on three hits over 6.2 innings pitched while striking out eight batters on 5/25...Gave up six runs in 4.2ip while suffering final loss with West Virginia on 6/4...Did not surrender a run in his final two starts with the Power (10.2ip)..Was promoted to Bradenton on 6/23...Made lone relief appearance with Marauders on 7/1 (6.0ip/2er) and picked up his first win...Allowed two or more earned runs in nine of his first 10 outings with the Marauders, but one or zero in his last three (13.0ip)...Posted a 2.20 ERA (28.2ip/7er) in his final three games.
Began professional career with State College in the New York-Penn League after signing a week before the deadline...Made debut on 8/21 vs. Mahoning Valley and retired all six batters he faced in relief...Made first start on 8/25 at Mahoning Valley and tossed 3.0 scoreless frames...Earned his only decision in a loss on 8/30 at Batavia (2.2ip/3er)...Pitched 3.0 scoreless innings in his final appearance on 9/4 at Williamsport.