Brad Eric Lincoln… 2003 graduate of Brazoswood High School (TX), where he lettered in baseball and was a quarterback on the football team… Named to All-County, All-State and All-District teams in baseball his senior year… Was named to the All-Greater Houston Area team in 2003… Attended the University of Houston… Finished collegiate career with 293 strikeouts, ranking third on the school's all-time list… Captured Conference USA Pitcher of the Year honors as a junior in 2006 and was named to the All-Conference USA First Team as both a pitcher and designated hitter… Was the winner of the Brooks Wallace Award, given to college baseball's top player, and the 20th annual Dick Howser trophy as the 2006 College Baseball Player of the Year… Was a semifinalist for the Roger Clemens Award (College Baseball's Pitcher of the Year)… Hobbies: Hunting and fishing… **Signed by:** Everett Russell.
Shuttled between Buffalo (AAA) and TOR all season... Pitched more than 1.0 inning in 13 of his 22 ML appearances... Did not allow an ER in 9 straight games over 2 separate recalls, 5/30-8/17 (15.1 IP)... Set a career high in relief innings (4.0), 6/8 vs TEX... Averaged 9.9 SO/9.0 IP with Buffalo (29 SO, 26.1 IP)... His final 10 appearances with Buffalo were scoreless (10.1 IP)
Was acquired at the trade deadline on July 31 in a deal with Pittsburgh in exchange for Travis Snider...Combined to go 5-2 with one save and a 3.68 ERA in 52 outings (five starts), between Pittsburgh and Toronto... Struck
out 88 batters in 88.0 innings...Out of the bullpen with the Pirates allowed just two earned runs in 35.2 innings for a 0.50 ERA in 23 games... NL hitters
batted just .176 when he pitched in relief... As a starter was 2-2 with a 6.08 ERA...Was used exclusively as a reliever in Toronto in his 24 appearances... Did not allow a run in his first four outings with Toronto, then allowed eight earned in his next four outings... Allowed runs in just six of his 24 appearances with the Blue Jays...
Of the six, five were multiple run outings including six he allowed in 0.2 innings on Sept. 22 at TB...Allowed 14 home runs in 88.0 innings and six in 28.2 with Toronto.
Pitched a career-high 159.1 innings between Triple-A and the Major
Leagues...Began season with Indianapolis and went 0-3 with a 7.17 ERA (21.1ip/17er) in
his first four starts...Went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA (25.0ip/5er) in his next four starts from
5/3-18...Pitched 7.0 scoreless innings in his 6-1 win vs. Buffalo on 5/18...Was charged
with two earned runs or less in eight of his nine starts with Indy between 5/3 and 6/19,
dropping his season ERA from 7.17 to 3.82...Was recalled by Pittsburgh to start game two
of a doubleheader at Washington on 7/2; gave up two runs in 6.0ip and left the game with a
3-2 lead only to have bullpen give up two runs in the 8th in a 4-3 Bucco loss...Was optioned
back to Triple-A on 7/3 and went 1-1 with a 4.34 ERA (29.0ip/14er) in his last five starts
with Indianapolis...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 8/6 and remained in the big leagues...
Made four relief appearances (5.2ip/5er) before joining starting rotation on 8/22...Pitched
6.0 scoreless frames in a 7-0 blanking of the Cardinals in St. Louis on 8/27 and picked up
his first win...Produced career-high 11.0 consecutive scoreless innings streak from 8/22-27...Suffered first loss in start on 9/1 vs. Los
Angeles (NL)...Grounded out to shortstop as a pinch hitter on 9/2 vs. Chicago...Lost three straight decisions before winning his final start
on 9/24 vs. Cincinnati...Was charged with three earned runs or less in all eight of his starts with the Pirates and two earned runs or less
in six of his eight assignments...Went 1-for-12 with a double and an RBI as a batter with Pittsburgh.
Began season with Indianapolis (AAA)...Was charged with seven runs (five earned) in 3.1ip, but received a nodecision
in first start on 4/9 at Columbus...Tossed 6.0 scoreless innings and won first game in next start on 4/14 at Louisville...Suffered
first loss in third start on 4/19 vs. Toledo (6.0ip/3er)...Gave up one run in 7.0ip while winning second game on 4/25 at Louisville...Gave
up season-high six runs and four walks (6.0ip) in a no-decision on 4/30 at Pawtucket...Won three straight decisions from 4/25 thru
5/12, which included back-to-back wins on 5/6 vs. Buffalo and 5/12 vs. Rochester...Struck out season-high 10 batters in a 3-0 loss at
Toledo on 5/17 (7.0ip/3er)...Dropped ERA to 3.77 after winning a 4-3 decision vs. Gwinnett on 5/22 (8.0ip/3er)...Went 1-0 and pitched
a total of 11.0 scoreless frames in back-to-back starts on 5/28 at Charlotte (5.0ip/1h/7so) and 6/3 at Gwinnett (6.0ip/4h/6so)...Was
recalled by Pittsburgh on 6/9 and received a no-decision in his Major League debut that night in Washington (6.0ip/5er)...Also went 2-
for-3 at the plate, singling off John Lannan in his first at bat and picking up an RBI-single in his third bat off Lannan in the 5th inning...Gave
up five runs in 6.0ip and suffered loss in second start on 6/15 vs. Chicago (NL)...Went 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA (24.0ip/16er) in his first four
starts with the Pirates...Pitched a career-high 7.0 innings and struck out a career-high six batters while winning first big league game
(2-0) on 6/30 at Chicago (NL)...Suffered third loss on 7/6, pitching in front of more than 200 friends and family members in his hometown
of Houston...Left his start on 7/11 at Milwaukee with a 4-3 lead in the 7th inning, but was a victim of a blown save and received a nodecision
in Pittsburgh's 6-5 loss...Took the mound with a 9-0 lead in the 2nd inning on 7/20 vs. Milwaukee, but gave up seven runs in
2.1ip and received a no-decision in an 11-9 Bucco victory...Surrendered six runs in 6.1 innings and suffered fourth loss on 7/25 vs. San
Diego...Was optioned back to Indianapolis on 7/26 and went 1-3 with a 6.66 ERA (25.2ip/19er) in his final six Triple-A starts...Was
recalled by Pittsburgh on 9/7...Made first professional relief appearance on 9/22 vs. St. Louis and gave up three runs (two earned) in
1.0 inning...Struck out all three batters he faced while making second relief appearance on 9/30 at Florida...Went 6-for-15 (.400) with
three RBI as a batter with the Pirates, hitting safely in four of the eight starts in which he received an at bat.
Split season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis
and went 7-7 with a 3.37 ERA (136.1ip/51er) in 25 total starts...Ranked third among Pittsburgh
farmhands with 107 strikeouts and second in ERA...Represented the United States at the MLB
Futures Game in St. Louis on 7/12 (0.1ip/2h/1r/1er/1bb/1 so)...Also played for Gold-Medal
winning Team USA in the World Cup tournament in Europe from 9/2-27 and went 3-0 with a
2.70 ERA in four games/three starts (23.1ip/23h/7r/7er/6bb/12so)...Was the winning pitcher
in Championship Game against Cuba on 9/27...Began season with Altoona and received a nodecision
in first Double-A start on 4/9 at Erie (4.0ip/3er/6so)...Suffered loss in Curve's Home
Opener on 4/16 vs. Erie (5.0ip/1r/0er)...Lost three straight decisions from 4/16 thru
5/10...Struck out minor league career-high eight batters on 5/3 vs. Erie...Picked up lone
Double-A victory after tossing a two-hit shutout on 5/21 at Bowie - was the 14th two-hitter in
franchise history and the first since Tom Gorzelanny accomplished the feat on 9/9/05 in the
Eastern League playoffs vs. Akron...Did not allow a run in 20.1 innings of work from the 5th
inning on 5/15 to the 2nd inning on 6/1; streak fell just short of franchise record 23.0 scoreless innings set by Franklin Perez in 2006...Went 1-1 with a 0.80 ERA (33.2ip/3er),
29 strikeouts and only six walks in five starts during the month of May...Tied career high with eight strikeouts on 6/6 vs. Akron...Lost his last two starts with Altoona...Was
promoted to Indianapolis on 6/23...Gave up one run in 6.2ip and picked up victory in first Triple-A start on 6/24 at Lehigh Valley...Suffered first of two losses in third start
on 7/6 vs. Louisville...Won second game on 7/28 at Norfolk and lost second game on 8/9 vs. Charlotte...Went 4-0 with a 2.57 ERA (21.0ip/6er) in his last four starts with
Indianapolis...Did not allow a run in his last two starts on 8/24 vs. Columbus (5.0ip/2h/0r/0bb/5so) and 8/29 at Toledo (6.0ip/3h/0r/0bb/6so).
Split season between Hickory (A) and Lynchburg (A) and went 6-9 with a 4.69 ERA (103.2ip/54er) in 19 starts with the two clubs...Was victorious in his first
start on 5/18 vs. Rome (5.0ip/1er) after missing entire 2007 season due to "Tommy John" surgery...Also won his second start on 5/23 vs. Columbus (5.0ip/1er)...Went
3-1 with a 2.01 ERA (22.1ip/5er) in his first four starts and 4-2 with a 2.97 ERA (39.1ip/13er) in his first seven starts thru 6/21...Lost three straight starts and compiled
a 10.69 ERA (16.0ip/19er) from 6/26 thru 7/7...Tossed 6.2 scoreless innings in final start with Hickory on 7/12 at Hagerstown...Was promoted to Lynchburg on 7/16 and
suffered loss in first start on 7/18 at Potomac (4.0ip/5er)...His only victory with the Hillcats came in a 5.0-inning, rain-shortened game vs. Wilmington on 7/23 - his first
professional complete game...Posted a 3.71 ERA (26.2ip/11er) in five starts during the month of August, but went 0-3...Gave up a total of three runs in his final two starts
Missed entire season after undergoing reconstructive surgery to repair ligament damage in right elbow on 4/3 (surgery performed
by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, AL).
Began professional career with GCL Pirates after being selected by Pittsburgh in the the first round of the First-Year Player
Draft...Made debut on 7/8 vs. GCL Red Sox and tossed 3.2 scoreless innings (3h/0bb/4so)...Made second and final start with GCL Bucs
on 7/14 (4.0ip/3h/1r/0er/1bb/5so)...Was promoted to Hickory on 7/17...Suffered loss in first start with Crawdads on 7/19 vs. Lake County
(4.2ip/7er)...Picked up first professional victory on 7/25 at Columbus (5.0ip/2er)...Surrendered six runs (three earned) in 5.1ip and
suffered second loss on 7/30 at Rome...Received a no-decision in final start on 8/6 vs. Savannah (1.0ip/3h/0r) - left the game with a
strained left oblique...Went 1-2 with a 4.56 ERA (23.2ip/12er) in six total starts.