Jul 2, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Brandon Cumpton (58) delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourtt inning at PNC Park. The Philadelphia Phillies won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Pirates' Brandon Cumpton is worth adding


When the Pittsburgh Pirates take the field to play the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday afternoon, right-hander Brandon Cumpton will be called up from Triple-A to get the ball in place of the injured Wandy Rodriguez.

Sep 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Brandon Cumpton (58) pitches during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

You should look to pick up Cumpton now if you are in deep leagues or NL-only formats.

Cumpton is a wise choice. After showing that he could pitch at the MLB level in a brief look last season, going 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA in five starts (six appearances), Cumpton is off to a very strong 2014 start.

In three starts with the Indians, Cumpton has gone 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in 19 innings of work.

In those 19 innings, Cumpton has struck out 11 and walked only three, but has allowed a total of 20 base runners. But he has allowed only three runs this season in Triple-A despite the base runners.

He’s a quality arm in a deep Pirates system that could be around for a while in Pittsburgh.

He should have made the team out of spring training but will make his case to stay beginning Thursday afternoon.

Cumpton should have success, especially in the pitcher friendly PNC Park due to the fact that he keeps the ball down, changes speeds, works the ball in and out and throws strikes regularly.

He is ranked the 12th-best prospect in the Pirates’ system.

 

 

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