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.
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.