Jonathan Trey Brubaker…Is a 2013 graduate of Tecumseh High School in New Carlisle, OH...Earned three varsity letters in baseball...Was also a two-time first-team All-Central Buckeye Conference and All-Springfield News selection... Pitched collegiately at the University of Akron, where he went 5-4 with a 3.63 ERA (89.1ip/36er) in 15 games (15 starts) as a junior in 2015...Led the Zips in strikeouts (72) and starts (15) while finishing second in wins (five) and innings pitched (89.1); also ranked fourth in appearances (15) for Akron in 2015...His father, Frank Brubaker, spent two seasons as a pitcher in the New York Yankees farm system, playing for Oneonta (New York-Penn League) and in the GCL in 1989 and with Fort Lauderdale (FSL) in 1990...Was signed by Pirates scout Trevor Haley.
Ranked second among National League rookie pitchers in strikeouts (48) behind Milwaukee reliever Devin Williams (53)...Tied for third among N.L. rookies in starts (9) and fourth in innings pitched (47.1)...Posted a 3.54 ERA (20.1ip/8er) in five games on the road and a 6.00 ERA (27.0ip/18er) in six games at PNC Park....Was a member of the Major League Opening Day roster for the first time in his career...Made his big league debut on 7/26 at St. Louis and pitched 2.0 scoreless innings of relief...Also pitched 3.0 scoreless innings of relief while throwing 43 pitches on 8/1 at Chicago (NL)...Did not allow a run in his two relief appearances (5.0ip)...Made his first Major League start on 8/6 vs. Minnesota and gave up three runs in 3.0ip (Miguel Sano hit a three-run homer with two outs in the first inning)... Was in line for his first win on 8/29 at Milwaukee; left the game after the fifth inning with a 4-2 lead before the Brewers took the lead in the eighth...Won his first Major League game on 9/3 vs. Chicago (NL); gave up two runs (one earned) in 5.0ip...Gave up a career-high seven runs on 9/9 vs. Chicago (AL)...Opposed Luis Castillo on 9/16 at Cincinnati and lost a 1-0 decision...Struck out a career-high nine batters while pitching a career-high 6.2 innings on 9/21 vs. Chicago (NL), but Pirates were blanked (5-0) by Jon Lester...Received zero runs of support over his three starts from 9/9-21...Started the final game of the season on 9/27 at Cleveland; left with a 6-5 lead in the sixth inning before the Indians took the lead in the seventh.
Began season with Triple-A Indianapolis...Won his second start on 4/10 at Toledo (6.0ip/1er) and again on 4/15 vs. Toledo (5.1ip/0r)...Suffered loss on 4/24 at Gwinnett (5.0ip/3er)...Was placed on injured list on 4/28 with a right forearm strain...Threw a 2.0-inning, 35-pitch simulated game on 6/12...Began minor league rehab assignment with West Virginia on 6/18...Threw 50 pitches while allowing one run in 2.2 innings on 6/18 vs. Mahoning Valley...Also tossed 4.0 innings (1r) on 6/23 vs. State College...Was shut down for the remainder of the season.
Was named Pittsburgh's Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year after going 10-6 with a 2.81 ERA (154.0ip/48er) and 131 strikeouts in 28 combined starts between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis...Led all Pittsburgh minor league pitchers in ERA and ranked second in strikeouts...Began season with Altoona and was the Opening Day starter on 4/5 vs. Akron; had a no-decision (5.0ip/3r/1er) while recording eight strikeouts...Lost a 2-1 decision (5.0ip/2r) in second start on 5/11 vs. Harrisburg... Gave up three hits over 7.0 scoreless innings while winning his first game on 4/23 vs. Erie...Established a career high with 8.0 innings pitched on 4/30 at Richmond while also winning his second straight start...Tossed 13.2 consecutive scoreless innings from 4/18-30...Went 2-1 with a 1.45 ERA over five starts in April and ranked fifth in the Eastern League in ERA for the month; also led the circuit with 34 strikeouts and tied for the league lead with 31.0 innings pitched...Was promoted to Indianapolis on 5/10...Ranked sixth in the Eastern League in ERA (1.80), eighth with 35 strikeouts and tied for ninth with 35.0 innings pitched and a 1.06 WHIP at the time of his promotion...Tossed 6.0 scoreless innings while winning his Triple-A debut on 5/10 at Louisville... Tossed 8.0 scoreless innings while winning a 2-0 decision on 8/4 at Toledo...Went 4-1 with a 1.92 ERA (51.2ip/11er) over his final nine starts from 7/19 to 9/2...Went hitless in 14 at-bats between Altoona and Indianapolis.