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.
Rob Biertempfel had some updates on a few of the Pirates’ many injured players today on Twitter:
- Jose Tabata will continue his rehab assignment in AAA-Indianapolis tomorrow. Tabata’s been sidelined since June 26th with a quad injury. Hopefully Tabata is over the injury for good and won’t experience any more setbacks.
- Derrek Lee is out of the starting lineup for the 2nd straight day after being hit in the hand with a pitch on Wednesday. He may, however, be available off the bench if everything goes well in batting practice this afternoon.
- Alex Presley will try to take batting practice tomorrow. If all goes well there, he could begin a rehab assignment shortly.
- Ross Ohlendorf had his 2nd rehab start for Indianapolis last night and 5th rehab start overall. He pitched 6 innings and gave up 3 runs (2 ER). He struck out 3 and walked 3.
When it comes to catching prospects in the Pirates’ system, everyone immediately thinks Tony Sanchez…as they should. However, there is someone who is less well-known who people should also include in the catching conversation. That guy is Ramon Cabrera.
Cabrera was signed as an International free agent in 2008 out of Venezuela and has held his own and then some at every level he has been at since. So far this year as a 21 year old in the Florida State League, he is hitting at a very impressive .352/.423/.465 clip. The power is still lacking as he has just 1 homer, but he’s hit 17 doubles, which matches a career high and squared the ball up better than anyone else I saw for Bradenton in the game I watched.
He went 2 for 4 with a double with his double coming in his 1st AB and a single coming in his 3rd AB. Here are all 4 AB’s:
Adalberto Santos was the Pirates’ 22nd round pick out of Oregon State in last year’s draft. He signed quickly and was sent to State College to begin his professional career. There, he hit the ball extremely well, which should be expected from a 22-year old college draftee. In 63 games for the Spikes, Santos hit .319/.406/.479 with 3 homers and 7 triples to go along with 17 stolen bases in 24 attempts.
The Pirates were pretty aggressive with Santos this year as they sent him to High-A Bradenton to start the year. Santos has been a pleasant surprise thus far and is hitting .313/.395/.468 with 4 homers, 6 triples, and 20 stolen bases. It’s been a big year for Santos as he has really propelled himself into “prospect” status as he is putting up very solid numbers as a 2B/OF and is now at more of an age appropriate level. However, being 23, he really can not afford to suffer any setbacks or his prospect status will really drop. But so far, so good for Santos. Hopefully he will finish off the season strong and make a successful jump to AA-Altoona next year.
Unfortunately for me, and for all of you, Santos went 0 for 4 in the game I attended. However, you can still get a chance to see each of his at-bats here: