Acquired: Via trade from the Orioles on February 20, 2015, as the player to be named later in a January 27, 2015 deal that saw LHP Stephen Tarpley come to the Pirates for OF Travis Snide (PIT). Originally drafted in the 11th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (BAL).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|CURRENT SEASON STATS: 2-3 with a 2.31 ERA in nine starts between West Virginia (Class A) and Indianapolis (Triple-A), striking out 44 and walking 15 while allowing 35 hits in 35 innings.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Indianapolis July 5 when RHP Jameson Taillon was placed on the 15-day DL and C Jacob Stallings was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
MLB Debut Date: 7/5/2016
|July 5, in a 5-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The starting pitcher, he did not qualify for the win, pitching only four innings but allowed two runs, one of them earned, on four hits, walking two and striking out five. He also singled to center field in his first big-league at-bat against Mike Leake. In his first inning of work, the first batter he faced, Matt Carpenter, grounded out to second base. Aledmys Diaz drew a walk but was erased when Matt Holliday lined into an unassisted double play at first base. In the second, Stephen Piscotty reached base on an error in right field and, after Jhonny Peralta struck out looking, scored an unearned run on Jedd Gyorko’s RBI single to left field. After Tommy Pham struck out on a foul tip, Brayan Pena grounded into a force out to end the inning. In the third, opposing pitcher Leake and Carpenter both struck out swinging before Diaz drew another walk, stole second base, and scored on Holliday’s single to center field before Piscotty ended the threat with an infield pop out. In the fourth and final inning of work for Brault before he was removed for a pinch-hitter in the fifth, Matt Adams lined out to left field before Gyorko reached on a pop up to first base that fell for a single. Pham followed with a fly out, though, and after Pena singled to center, Leake struck out swinging to end the threat and Brault’s debut.|
|Brault came into his debut sporting a 2.51 career ERA as he’s stealthily put himself onto the prospect watch scene. Between Altoona (Double-A) and Bradenton (High A) in 2015 he combined to go 13-4 with a 2.43 ERA in 28 starts, striking out 125 while walking 40 and giving up 134 hits in 155.2 IP The previous summer, in the Orioles system, he combined at two Class A stops, Delmarva and Frederick, for an 11-8 record and 2.77 ERA, fanning 124 in 146 .1 IP while walking just 30 and scattering 114 hits. He’d made his pro debut at Aberdeen (Short-Season A) in 2013 where he posted a 2.09 ERA in 12 starts. And in case you’re wondering how he ended up at little-known Regis University, not a baseball powerhouse, it’s because he attended one of the few schools that offered a major in vocal performance — he can not only pitch, he can sing too. Brault was sent back to the minors on July 6.|