Kyle Landon McPherson...Is a 2004 graduate of St. Paul's Episcopal High School in Mobile, AL...Attended the University of Mobile (AL), where he hit .302 with three doubles, one triple, one homer and 16 RBI as an infielder during his junior season; also went 1-7 with a 6.07 ERA in 14 games (nine starts)...Signed by Pirates scout Darren Mazeroski.
Began season with Triple-A Indianapolis and made starts on 4/6 vs. Columbus (3.0 IP/3 ER) and 4/12 at Columbus (1.2 IP/7 ER)...Was placed on the 7-day minor league disabled list on 4/13 and was shut down for two weeks due to discomfort near his right elbow...Saw Dr. Patrick DeMeo in Pittsburgh on 4/15 and received an injection meant to reduce the inflammation...Underwent ulnar collateral ligament replacement (Tommy John) surgery on 7/10 (Dr. James Andrews)...Was recalled by Pittsburgh and placed on the 60-day D.L. on 8/27...Was reinstated from the D.L. on 11/1 and was designated for assignment on 11/25.
Began season on the Triple-A disabled list with right shoulder inflammation...Made first start with Double-A Altoona on
6/16 and allowed one run in 5.0 innings while winning at Binghamton...Lost his next four starts from 6/21 thru 7/13...Won back-to-back
starts with Altoona on 7/18 (5.0ip/3er) and 7/23 (5.0ip/1er)...Did not walk a batter in his final four Double-A starts (20.0ip) and issued
a total of five free passes in 48.2ip while pitching with Altoona...Returned to Triple-A and received a no-decision in his first start with
Indianapolis on 8/8 (6.0ip/1er)...Suffered lone loss with Indy on 8/14 at Rochester (5.1ip/2r/1er)...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 8/20 and
made Major League debut that night in San Diego; tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief...Was optioned back to Triple-A on 8/21 and made
final start with Indianapolis on 8/25...Was charged with just two earned runs in his three Triple-A games (18.1ip) and went 3-6 with a
2.48 ERA (67.0ip/24er) and just nine walks in 12 minor league starts overall...Was recalled by Pittsburgh a second time on 8/31...Gave up
a run in 1.2ip on 8/31 at Milwaukee, but then made three straight scoreless appearances (5.0ip)...Made first Major League start on 9/19
vs. Milwaukee and suffered a 3-1 loss (4.1ip/2er)...Gave up four runs in 4.1ip and lost his second start on 9/24 at New York...Pitched 6.0
scoreless innings and received a no-decision in his final start on 9/29 vs. Cincinnati...Recorded a 1.17 ERA (15.1ip/2er) in five games (two
starts) at PNC Park...Had a 1.54 ERA (11.2ip/2er) in his seven relief appearances with Pittsburgh and a 3.68 ERA (14.2ip/6er) in his three
starts...Went 0-for-5 with a walk as a batter in the big leagues.
Went 12-6 with a 2.96 ERA (161.0ip/53er) in 28 minor league starts between High-A Bradenton and Double-A
Altoona and was named Pittsburgh's Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year...Ranked first in the system with 142 strikeouts, second in wins
and second in ERA...Also issued 27 walks, which included just six free passes in 71.2 innings of work with Bradenton...Was named to the
Florida State League mid-season All-Star team...Went 1-0 with a 1.14 ERA (23.2ip/3er) and did not walk a batter in his first four starts
with the Marauders...Suffered lone loss with Bradenton on 5/2 at Palm Beach...Won his last three Florida State League decisions and
was charged with just a total of three earned runs in his last three starts (18.0ip - 1.50 ERA)...Took a no-hitter into the 9th inning in his
complete game victory vs. Brevard County on 5/31 (surrendered a one-out homer to Sean McCraw in the 4-1 victory)...Made final start with
Bradenton on 6/5 and was promoted to Altoona on 6/9...Was a strike away from completing 6.0 scoreless innings in his Double-A debut on
6/10 at Reading, but surrendered back-to-back home runs and suffered 4-0 loss...Picked up first win with Altoona in second start on 6/16
vs. New Britain (6.0ip/1r)...Walked a career-high four batters on 6/28 vs. Reading...Struck out New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter on
three pitches while he was rehabbing with Trenton on 7/3...Went 4-1 with a 2.60 ERA (34.2ip/10er) in six starts during the month of July
which included a one-hit, no-run outing in 6.0 innings of work on 7/20 at Akron...Whiffed a season-high 10 batters on 7/30 at Portland...
Won four straight decisions from 7/15 thru 8/5...Finished season making back-to-back scoreless appearances, giving up one hit in 5.0ip
on 8/30 at Bowie and two hits in 5.0ip on 9/4 vs. Richmond.
Spent majority of season with Class-A West Virginia; made final two outings with Bradenton...Tied for seventh
in the South Atlantic League in wins and 10th in ERA...Established minor league career high in strikeouts (131) and ranked fourth
among all Pittsburgh farmhands in that department...Also made career-high 28 appearances and tied career highs in wins and
games started...Lost his first two starts with West Virginia...Gave up one run in 7.0ip and picked up first win in fourth start on 4/26
at Kannapolis...Suffered three-game losing streak from 7/4-15...Struck out season-high 11 batters on 7/9 vs. Lexington...Pitched
2.0 scoreless innings while making first relief outing on 7/30 at Lakewood...Went 4-0 with a 1.34 ERA (20.1ip/3er) in his final
seven games (two starts) with West Virginia...Posted a 3-0 record and did not surrender a run in five relief appearances with the
Power...Made last two outings with Bradenton; tossing 1.2 scoreless frames on 9/1 and 2.1 scoreless innings on 9/4.
Split season between West Virginia and State College and went 9-5 with a 3.78 ERA in 26 games (21 starts)...Set career
high with 126.1 innings pitched...Ranked seventh among Bucco farmhands in ERA...Began season with West Virginia, making five
straight relief appearances (13.0ip/8er)...Was victorious in first game on 4/20 at Lexington...Made first start with the Power on 5/10
and won four consecutive decisions between 5/15 and 6/12...Suffered loss in final game with West Virginia on 6/17 vs. Kannapolis.
...Finished season with State College and ranked third among New York-Penn League starters in fewest walks/per 9.0ip
(1.31)...Suffered loss in first start with Spikes on 6/22 and then received thee straight no-decisions before winning first game on
7/12 vs. Jamestown...Did not allow a run in back-to-back starts on 8/21 (6.0ip) and 8/28 (6.0ip) and went 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA
(19.0ip/2er) in his last three outings...Posted a 2.19 ERA (37.0ip/9er) in his final six starts, dropping ERA from 3.76 to 2.99 with
Spent entire season with State College...Went 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA (28.0ip/7er) in eight relief appearances and 1-2 with
a 6.51 ERA (27.2ip/20er) in seven starts...Led New York-Penn League in home runs allowed...Posted a 2.50 ERA (18.0ip/5er) in
his first five games thru 7/16...Pitched 3.0 perfect innings and earned first professional save on 8/6 vs. Williamsport...Surrendered
just two earned runs in his final four appearances (two starts) while posting a 0.86 ERA (21.0ip).
Went 4-3 with a 3.41 ERA (66.0ip/25er) in 15 total games (13 starts) between the GCL Pirates and State College during
first professional season...Led all Pittsburgh farmhands in ERA...Faced 10 batters in his first start on 6/23 at GCL Red Sox and gave
up five runs in 1.0ip...Picked up first pro win in second start on 6/28 vs. GCL Red Sox (5.0ip/1er)...Went 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA
(21.1ip/4r/0er) in his final five games (three starts) in the Gulf Coast League...Ranked ninth in the GCL in ERA...Suffered loss in
first start with State College on 8/24 at Jamestown.