The Pittsburgh Pirates have a starting pitcher who performed the National Anthem at PNC Park last season. Since then, he has decided to continue his music career.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have utilized Steven Brault as a swingman over the last few seasons. He has made some starts and has pitched out of the bullpen, being one the Pittsburgh Pirates more important depth pieces. Last season Brault had an ERA of 5.16, with his ERA being under 5.00 as a starter, but still the toughest season of his career.
What Pittsburgh Pirates fans didn’t realize was that the now 27-year-old Brault is a very gifted singer as well. While he may have had a bumpy year on the mound, Brault absolutely nailed his National Anthem performances last season. He sang on June 19th at PNC Park and got such a strong reaction that he did it once more on September 8th.
Apparently Brault has also been working on an album during the offseason. The album is a Broadway album which will feature Brault doing numerous solo acts, but it also features Josh Bell. Brault discussed his album and other music topics with ESPN Staff Writer Brooke Pryor. He told Pryor that he did most of the recording right after last season ended, that way he could focus on prepping for baseball.
Brault was hoping to have a release party on April 3rd but had to cancel it due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, Brault told Pryor an interesting alternative that he is going to do instead. Brault is going to use Instagram live to reach out to who is followers and fans:
"“He’ll take part in an Instagram Live and maybe sing a few songs a cappella from his place in Florida, where he’s been staying since the season’s postponement so that’s he’s close to the team’s physician as he rehabs a shoulder strain.”"
It looks like Brault is having plenty to keep him busy during this time off. He is continuing to workout and train at his rehab facility in Florida. Furthermore, he is launching his début album, which will keep him plenty busy.
It is great to see Brault trying to still reach out and put a smile on fans’ faces during these hard times. Tune in for his release show tomorrow on his Instagram to catch a peak of his album. Hopefully, Pittsburgh Pirates fans will get to see him singing the National Anthem at PNC Park sooner than later as well.