If you don’t read Tim’s Daily Prospect Profiles over at Pirates Prospects, you’re missing out. Today, his feature (link) was on Bradenton RHP Brandon Cumpton who was the Pirates’ 9th round pick out of Georgia Tech in the 2010 Draft. Check out the link for an in depth feature on Cumpton.
I wasn’t going to post this until next week, but since Tim featured Cumpton today and Cumpton also had a very solid start last night, I decided I’ll push this up a bit.
I saw Cumpton pitch on July 28th at Clearwater. It was the first time I had seen him in person and he looked very impressive to me. He retired the first 12 batters he faced and he struck out 8 batters in 6 innings. He had excellent placement of his fastball and had a breaking ball that nobody was touching. I broke down Cumpton’s outing over his 6 innings for you all to enjoy.
Cumpton had a 1-2-3 1st inning and recorded his first strikeout to end the inning. I was unable to get the 2nd batter of the inning on video due to my camera wanting to focus on the net, and not the action (that happened one more time in the game. But here are videos of the 1st and 3rd batters. The 2nd batter popped up to shortstop.
In the 2nd inning, Cumpton also retired the side in order. He struck out the 1st batter and got the 2nd and 3rd outs on ground balls.
Once again, Cumpton retired the side in order in the 3rd inning with a strikeout, ground out, and fly out.
Cumpton kept rolling along in the 4th with yet another 1-2-3 frame in which he struck out the 1st and 3rd batters.
Cumpton finally ran into some trouble in the 5th inning. He gave up a single and double to start off the inning. Both of those runs would score thanks to 2 more hits. However, Cumpton did strikeout 2 more batters (3rd and 6th batters) to bring his strikeout total to 7 through 5 innings.
The 6th inning would be Cumpton’s final inning. He did allow a walk, his first of the game and later hit a batter, but did not allow Clearwater to score. He also ended the inning with his 8th strikeout of the night.
I left the game very impressed with what I saw in Cumpton. He demonstrated excellent command of his fastball and was able to really bury some breaking balls that would wind up unhittable. He is definitely not a “top” prospect by any means, but is someone who should be followed as he certainly has a chance to contribute down the road if his success continues in the back end of the rotation or in the bullpen.