Chad Michael Kuhl (pronounced Cool)...Is a 2010 graduate of Middleton (DE) High School...Attended the University of Delaware, where he went 10-2 with a 3.75 ERA (105.2ip/44er) and 76 strikeouts in 2013 as a junior...Was named a second-team Colonial Athletic Association selected in 2013; (was the first pitcher from the University of Delaware to win 10- plus games since 2002)...Signed by Pirates scout Brian Selman.
:Spent entire season in the starting rotation and pitched a professional season-high 157.1 innings...Went 6-5 with a 4.46 ERA in 16 starts at home and 2-6 with a 4.23 ERA in 15 starts on the road...Posted a 2.50 ERA in 10 starts during the afternoon...Tied for the ninth-lowest HR/per 9.0ip ratio (0.97) among N.L. pitchers with at least 150.0ip....Picked up the win in his first start on 4/8 vs. Atlanta despite walking a career-high six batters...Walked as a pinch hitter on 4/16 at Chicago (NL)... Gave up a career-high nine runs in 1.2ip while losing his second decision on 4/24 vs. Chicago...Left his start on 4/30 at Miami after being struck by a batted ball on the right knee in the fifth inning (right knee contusion)...Was charged with two earned runs or less in five of his first six starts thru 5/5...Pitched 3.0 scoreless frames on 5/5 vs. Milwaukee before a rain delay of 2:27...Gave up a career-high 10 hits in an 8-4 loss on 5/16 vs. Washington (4.0ip/6er)...Snapped his six-game losing streak with a win on 6/20 at Milwaukee...Tossed a career-high 7.0 innings on 7/6 at Philadelphia...Made an emergency start on 7/9 at Chicago in place of Jameson Taillon (flu-like symptoms) on just two days rest; the first Pirates pitcher to start on two days rest since Rick Rhoden did so on June 18 and June 21, 1983 ...Snapped an 0-for-26 streak at the plate with a single off Milwaukee's Brent Suter on 7/17 - was his first hit since 9/26/16...Tossed 7.0 scoreless innings while winning his second game at PNC Park and first since 4/8 on 8/3 vs. Cincinnati... Tallied his first two career RBI with a two-run single off Detroit's Matthew Boyd on 8/8...Doubled off Michael Wacha for his first career extra-base hit on 8/19...Grounded out as a pinch hitter in the 12th inning on 8/21 vs. Los Angeles...Picked a runner off first base on 8/24 vs. LA...Had a career-high eight strikeouts on 9/4 vs. Chicago (NL) while pitching 7.0 scoreless innings... Surrendered four solo home runs in a 4-2 loss on 9/15 at Cincinnati; first Pirates starter to surrender four home runs in a game since righthander Edinson Volquez did so May 17, 2014... Went 5-1 with a 2.36 ERA (45.2ip/12er) in his last eight starts at PNC Park...Surrendered seven home runs in his 78.2ip at PNC Park and just one long ball in his last eight starts at home (39.2ip)...Went 5-for-48 (.104) with two doubles, three RBI, one walk and three sacrifice bunts at the plate.
Began season with Triple-A Indianapolis...Tossed 5.0 scoreless innings and recorded his first win on 4/20 vs. Toledo...Finished the month of April with a 2-0 record and a 1.31 ERA (20.2ip/3er)...Pitched 6.0 scoreless frames on 5/11 at Syracuse and followed that up with 7.0 scoreless innings and one hit allowed on 5/16 vs. Columbus...Produced a 19.0-inning scoreless streak from 5/11-21...Gave up four runs (one earned) and suffered first loss on 5/21 vs. Scranton/WB...Threw a season-high 104 pitches in 5.1ip on 5/31 vs. Rochester...Was charged with two earned runs or less in each of his first 10 starts thru 5/31...Went 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA (18.2ip/14er) in four starts with Indy during the month of June...Was selected by Pittsburgh and made his Major League debut on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball on 6/26; opposed Clayton Kershaw and won a 4-3 decision (5.0ip/3er) for his first big league win...Became the first University of Delaware pitcher to start a big league game since Dallas Green did so for the Washington Senators on May 7, 1965... Singled off Chicago's Jon Lester for first Major League hit on 7/9 at PNC Park...Gave up just one hit and tossed 6.0 scoreless innings while out-dueling Max Scherzer on 7/17 at Washington; was in line for a 1-0 win before the Nationals tied the game in the bottom of the ninth...Was optioned to Indianapolis on 7/19...Left his start after the first inning on 7/23 with right triceps discomfort...Gave up one unearned run in 6.0ip and lost a 1-0 decision at Columbus on 8/1...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 8/9 and started that night vs. San Diego; won a 6-4 decision over Luis Perdomo (6.0ip/2er)...Improved to 3-0 after winning his sixth start on 8/14 at Los Angeles (6.0ip/2er); the Pirates were victorious in each of his first six starts; the first time since 1970 that the Pirates won each of the first six starts of a pitcher (Jim Nelson)...Suffered his first big league loss on 8/20 vs. Miami (6.0ip/3r/2er); a 3-1 setback to David Phelps...Pitched a career-high 6.1 innings on 8/25 at Milwaukee... Threw 58 pitches in 2.0 innings and gave up three runs while losing his third decision on 9/5 vs. St. Louis...Was the winning pitcher (6.0ip/2er) while pitching in front of about 100 friends and family members on 9/15 at Philadelphia (Delaware native)... Gave up one run in 6.0ip while winning his final decision on 9/21 at Milwaukee...Was charged with two earned runs or less in eight of his last 11 starts with the Pirates and in nine of his 14 big league starts overall...Went 2-for-23 (.087) with two sacrifice bunts as a batter in the big league.