STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- With just 36 games left in the long-ago lost 2019 season, the PBC is playing out the string, and there are several Pirates pitchers who are now actively auditioning for roles on the 2020 club.
Just as we did in highlighting a few hitters doing the same, today we'll turn our attention to the mound, pointing out the two most obvious auditions, bringing to light the cases for and against the hurler, summing things up with the "one thing" he'll have to do to nail down his spot on the team's 2020 Opening Day 25-man.
Brault has looked great since returning from injury, but his newfound 2019 effectiveness has stretched long beyond that in reality. In fact, the entire picture that Brault has painted in 2019 of himself as a starter is an intriguing one:
[caption id="attachment_876040" align="aligncenter" width="801"] Click/Tap to enlarge[/caption]
A 3.45 ERA while striking out 8.4 hitters per nine certainly seems to be a solid foundation for a starting pitcher. Does the left-hander have enough in his bag to build upon it?