November 16, 1988 |
|June 15, 2013, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
(through 2014 season)
|Earned run average||4.02|
Brandon Tyler Cumpton (born November 16, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He was selected by the Pirates in the 9th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), where he pitched for the Yellow Jackets.
Cumpton's first call up to the major leagues came on June 15, 2013. He replaced the injured A. J. Burnett. In his major league debut that day, Cumpton pitched five innings (facing three batters in the sixth), allowing three earned runs and seven hits in a no decision against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Despite a strong spring training, Cumpton started the 2014 season pitching for the Indianapolis Indians. On April 23, Cumpton was called up to replace the injured Wandy Rodriguez in the Pirates rotation. Cumpton made his first start of the 2014 season on April 24, giving up two earned runs on four hits in seven innings, earning the loss after receiving only one run of support in a 2–1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Cumpton recorded his first career hit on May 26, 2014, during an away game against the New York Mets. On May 31, Cumpton faced the team he made his Major League debut against, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Cumpton, ultimately, had his worst start to date, allowing ten earned runs in 3 2/3 innings pitched. His next two starts resulted in wins on June 6 and June 11 against the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs, respectively.
Cumpton suffered a torn UCL during 2015 spring training, which necessitated Tommy John surgery. He officially underwent the procedure on March 10, 2015 and was unable to participate for the entire 2015 season. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews.