Steven Joseph Brault...Is a 2010 graduate of Grossmont High School in El Cajon, CA, where he played four years of baseball and two years of football...Current teammate Joe Musgrove also attended the same high school...Attended Regis University in Denver, CO, where he was a three-year starter as both a pitcher and outfielder... Was named a third-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 2013, becoming the first student-athlete in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball history to be named a first-team All-RMAC at two positions...Is the lead singer for the San Diego-based band, Street Gypsies (@streetgypsyband)... Sang the National Anthem prior to the game at PNC Park on 6/19 vs. Milwaukee...Co-hosts a podcast with teammate Trevor Williams (@PodcastIMHO)...Hosted training clinics in New Zealand for some of the country's aspiring young players during this past offseason.
Spent majority of the season pitching in relief for the Pirates...Pitched 2.0 innings of relief or more 20 times with Pittsburgh and posted a 2.19 ERA (49.1IP/12ER)...Allowed just one of his 18 inherited runners to score; stranded the bases loaded twice...Led the team in walks (57) and tied for second in wild pitches (nine)...Went 5-2 with a 4.25 ERA (65.2IP/31ER) and 67 strikeouts in 40 relief appearances...Went 1-1 with a 5.54 ERA (26.0IP/16ER) in five starts; made last big league start on 4/27 vs. St. Louis...Tossed 3.0 scoreless innings on Opening Day (3/30) at Detroit and recorded the win in Pittsburgh's 13-10, 13-inning victory...Went 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA (11.2IP/4ER) and 18 strikeouts in eight outings in May...Struck out for the first time in his career on 6/12 at Arizona (Silvino Bracho), snapping a streak of 34 straight plate appearances without a strikeout to begin his big league career...Sang the National Anthem prior to the game at PNC Park on 6/19 vs. Milwaukee...Walked a career-high five batters while giving up two runs in 3.0IP on 8/1 vs. Chicago (NL)...Was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on 8/3...Posted a 3.38 ERA (5.1IP/2ER) in his five Triple-A outings; was scored upon in just one appearance...Was recalled by the Pirates on 8/20 and pitched 2.0 scoreless innings that night vs. Atlanta... Pitched 4.0 hitless innings on 8/24 at Milwaukee...Tossed 3.1 scoreless frames and struck out six batters on 8/28 at St. Louis; became the first Pirates left-handed reliever to strike out six batters in a game since Ron Villone on May 13, 2002, vs. Arizona...Produced a 3.63 ERA (22.1IP/9ER) in 14 appearances after being recalled on 8/20...Pitched a career-high 13.1 consecutive scoreless innings between 8/1 and 9/2...Surrendered his first career home run to a left-handed batter (KC's Taylor O'Hearn) on 9/17 (his first allowed in 185 plate appearances against lefties)...Gave up a homer to left-handed hitting Mike Moustakas in his next outing on 9/21... Did not allow a run in his last four games (5.1IP) after being scored upon in four straight (3.1IP/8R)...Went 3-for-20 (.150) with a double and a walk as a batter with the Pirates; grounded out as a pinch hitter vs. Cincinnati on 4/7 (his second career pinch-hitting appearance).
Was named Pittsburgh's Minor League Pitcher-of-the-Year...Was selected to the International League mid-season All-Star team and was named the League's Most Valuable Pitcher and starting pitcher on the postseason All-Star squad...Led International League in ERA (1.94) and held opponents to a .199 batting average; the second-lowest mark in the league...Also ranked third with a 1.07 WHIP...Lost his first three Triple-A decisions before winning first game on 5/11 vs. Norfolk...Was named the International League Pitcher-of-the-Week for the week of 5/15-21 after posting a 0.69 ERA (13.0ip/1er) and limiting opponents to a .114 average (5-for-44) in two starts...Posted a 1.26 ERA (28.2ip/4er) in five starts during the month of May...Made his only relief appearance with Indianapolis on 6/11 vs. Columbus and tossed a scoreless inning (18 pitches)...Gave up a total of 10 runs over a 10-start stretch between 5/6 and 7/4 (65.2ip - 1.37 ERA)...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 7/22...Gave up two runs in 1.0 inning of relief on 7/22 at Colorado and pitched 3.0 scoreless frames on 7/25 at San Francisco; also went 1-for-2 at the plate on 7/25...Was optioned back to Indianapolis on 7/26...Was named International League Pitcher-of-the-Week a second time on 8/14 after going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (14.0ip) in two starts during the week of 8/7-13; pitched 7.0 scoreless innings on 8/7 vs. Buffalo and 7.0 scoreless frames in his final Triple-A start on 8/12 vs. Syracuse...Was recalled a second time by Pittsburgh on 8/18 and threw 64 pitches in 4.0 innings of work that night vs. St. Louis...Was optioned back to Indy on 8/19...Was recalled three days later on 8/22 when George Kontos went on the disabled list...Gave up one run in 2.2 innings of work on 8/24 vs. Los Angeles; went 0-for-1 at the plate...Gave up a total of seven runs (four earned) in back-to-back outings at Wrigley Field on 8/28 and 8/30...Made his first start with the Pirates on 9/5 and received a no-decision against the Cubs (5.0ip/3er)...Allowed just one hit while tossing 6.0 scoreless innings and winning his first Major League game on 9/11 at Milwaukee...Collected his first big league RBI while going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI at the plate on 9/11 - the first Bucco LHP with two hits and two RBI since Paul Maholm on 9/12/08...Pitched 3.0 scoreless innings and picked up his first professional save on 9/26 vs. Baltimore... Started the final game of the season (2.0ip/4er) and received a no-decision in Pittsburgh's 11-8 win on 10/1 at Washington ...Went 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA (18.0ip/9er) in his four starts with Pittsburgh (the Pirates went 4-0)...Went 3-for-13 (.231) with a double and two RBI as a batter.
Began season with Indianapolis and won his first Triple-A decision in third start on 4/22 at Louisville...Went back-to-back starts without being charged with an earned run on 4/22 (5.0ip) and 4/27 (6.0)...Posted a 1.83 ERA (19.2ip/4er) in four starts during the month of April...Strained his left hamstring while running to first base on 5/8 and was placed on the disabled list...Made one rehab start with Short-Season West Virginia on 6/20...Was reinstated from the D.L. at Indy on 6/25...Pitched 5.0 scoreless innings in an 11-1 win at Toledo...Did not allow an extra-base hit to a left-handed hitter during his first nine minor league starts thru 6/30...Was selected by Pittsburgh on 7/5 and made his Major League debut that night in St. Louis; received a no-decision in Pittsburgh's 5-2 win (4.0ip/4h/2r/1er/2bb/5so)...Singled off Mike Leake in his first big league plate appearance...Was optioned back to Triple-A on 7/6...Made lone relief appearance with Indy (52 pitches) on 7/10 at Columbus (3.1ip/3h/2r/2er/1bb/6so)...Pitched 6.0 hitless innings, but received a no-decision on 7/16 at Louisville...Struck out a season-high nine batters and pitched 6.0 scoreless innings on 7/22 vs. Charlotte, but received another no-decision...Went 0-1 with a 1.17 ERA (15.1ip/2er) in three games with Indianapolis during the month of July...Was recalled a second time by Pittsburgh on 7/29 and made the start that night at Milwaukee; gave up three runs in 6.0ip and lost a 3-1 decision to Junior Guerra...Was optioned back to Indianapolis on 7/31...Gave up five runs (four earned) in 2.1ip on 8/4 at Columbus...Allowed just one run in 7.0 innings of work on 8/14 at Lehigh Valley, but lost a 1-0 decision...Surrendered a season-high seven runs (six earned) in 4.1ip on 8/20 at Louisville (no-decision)...Went 0-3 with an 8.14 ERA (21.0ip/20r/19er) in five starts with Indianapolis during the month of August...Was recalled by Pittsburgh on 8/29 and opposed Jake Arrieta that night in Chicago; received a no-decision (4.0ip/5h/3r/2er/2bb/4so)...Went 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA (23.1ip/21r/14er) in six games (five starts) with the Pirates after his final recall on 8/29...Suffered losses on 9/4 vs. Milwaukee (5.0ip/1er) and 9/14 at Philadelphia (3.2ip/5r/3er)...Made lone relief appearance with Pittsburgh on 9/26 vs. Chicago (1.2ip/6h/7r/3er/3bb/3so)...Went 2-for-8 (.250) with a sac bunt and one run scored as a batter in the big leagues.