Should Pirates Promote Brault?

For most of this season, the Pirates bottom half of their starting pitching rotation has been inconsistent.

Tyler Glasnow was replaced by Trevor Williams, who’s been a pleasant surprise and is locked in as the teams 4th starter. Williams hasn’t been spectacular but is performing the role of a typical 4th or 5th starter.

WILLIAMS STARTS SINCE MAY 13TH:

May 13:  5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K’s
May 19:  5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K’s
May 24:  5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K’s
May 29:  6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K’s
June 4:   7 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K’s
June 10:  4 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 K’s
June 16:  5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K’s
June 21: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K’s
June 27:  7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB,  7 K’s

It’s no coincidence that the Pirates have a winning record in the month of June since Clint Hurdle is getting consistent outings from his top four starters- Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Ivan Nova and now Williams.

The fifth spot in the Bucs rotation remains a problem but they could have an answer waiting in AAA Indianapolis.

Lefty Steven Brault continued his strong 2017 season last night with a dominant performance vs. Durham.

Brault, who earlier in the week was named a AAA All-Star, turned in his best performance of the season by going eight innings, allowing only 4 hits (2 infield singles), 0 walks and nine strikeouts.

For the season, the 25-year old has put up numbers that have to have the Pirates front office considering bringing him to the majors.

BRAULT 2017 SEASON:
Starts:  15
Record:  7-3
ERA:     2.04
Innings: 88.1
Hits:       69
Walks:    30
Strikeouts:  83

Aside from being very unproductive, Kuhl is also hurting the Pirates because they’ve been forced to use the bullpen a lot in each one of his starts. The right-hander hasn’t recorded an out in the sixth innings since April 18th vs. the St. Louis Cardinals. In fact, in his last 12 starts, Kuhl hasn’t made it out of the 5th inning five times.

Kuhl will get his next start tomorrow night vs. San Francisco. Is he pitching to keep his spot in the big leagues?

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