Pirates Option Steven Brault to Triple-A

DENVER, CO - JULY 22: Pitcher Steven Brault
DENVER, CO - JULY 22: Pitcher Steven Brault /
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Left-handed pitcher Steven Brault is returning to Triple-A Indianapolis

Yesterday, news broke that the Pittsburgh Pirates are promoting outfielder Jordan Luplow to the Major Leagues. This led to speculation about what the corresponding move would be. This corresponding move is now known.

Left-handed pitcher Steven Brault will be optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. Brault had only been in the Major Leagues for a few days, as he was promoted last Saturday. He will now return to Indianapolis to make room for Jordan Luplow.

In two appearances for the Pirates this season, Brault pitched 4 innings. He allowed 4 hits, 2 runs, he walked 2 batters, and he struck out a pair.

For most of the season at Triple-A, Brault was in the Indians’ starting rotation. In 18 games, 17 starts, at Triple-A this season Brault owns a 2.06 ERA and a 3.21 FIP in 100 1/3 innings pitched. He has generated a 51.5 percent ground ball rate, averaged 3.23 BB/9, allowed 4 home runs, and his 95 strikeouts lead the International League.

Moving forward, it will be curious to see if Steven Brault is in the starting rotation or the bullpen for Indianapolis. If the Pirates see Brault as someone who can help the Pirate bullpen during their pennant chase the next two months, then, odds are, he will pitch out of the bullpen for Indianapolis.

On the other hand, the Pirates still need starting pitching depth. While Clay Holmes, Nick Kingham, Tyler Eppler, and Tyler Glasnow could all provide this depth as well, the Bucs view Brault as the best number six option right now.

Next: A Deeper Look at Jordan Luplow

In my opinion, optioning Steven Brault to Triple-A was the wrong move. Instead, the Pirates should have designated fellow left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc for assignment. Since the middle of May, LeBlanc has been horrible for the Pirates.

In his last 26 2/3 innings pitched Wade LeBlanc has allowed 34 hits, 5 home runs, and he owns a 7.09 ERA and a 4.88 FIP.