Steven Brault

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Steven Joseph Brault

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Biographical Information[edit]

Steven Brault made his MLB debut in 2016.

Brault was a pitcher-outfielder in college. He was third-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 2013 and was the first All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference first-team pick at two positions (he hit .397). The Baltimore Orioles took him in the 11th round of the 2013 amateur draft. A vocal performance major, he had played the role of Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees in high school and had been offered an internship with an opera company in Colorado. He continued being a singer in the off-seasons after his baseball career began, performing with the band Street Gypsies. He had previously sung for Off The Water.

In his pro debut, Steven played for the Aberdeen IronBirds, going 1-2 with a 2.09 ERA. Had he qualified, he would have tied for 6th in the New York-Penn League in ERA. He had a sharp 2014 between the Delmarva Shorebirds (9-8, 3.05) and Frederick Keys (2-0, 0.55). He tied Sebastian Vader for second in the Orioles chain in wins (3 behind Tyler Wilson) and he was 4th with 124 K (between Parker Bridwell and Zach Davies). He finished 5th in the South Atlantic League in ERA (between John Gant and Antonio Senzatela), first in WHIP (1.04), tied Luis Ysla for 5th in strikeouts (115) and was second in lowest opponent average (.227). That off-season, he was sent to the Pittsburgh Pirates as the player to be named later in a deal with fellow minor league pitcher Stephen Tarpley for outfielder Travis Snider.

Brault split 2015 between the Bradenton Marauders (4-1, 3.02 in 13 G) and Altoona Curve (9-3, 2.00). He tied Angel Chavez for second in the Pirates chain in wins, behind Austin Coley's 16. His 125 strikeouts were second in the Bucs chain, 11 behind top prospect Tyler Glasnow and he was 5th in ERA. He was 8-0 with a 0.96 ERA in his last 10 starts, the lowest ERA in AA in that span and the most wins in the Eastern League for that period. He allowed six earned runs in 4 2/3 IP in his lone playoff start, though, losing to the Bowie BaySox. Getting to bat for the first time since college, he was 7 for 16 with 3 runs and 2 RBI. Despite only being with Altoona for half the year, he tied Wardell Starling's 9-year-old team record for hits by a pitcher. He had the lowest ERA by a Curve pitcher with 75+ IP since Shane Youman, also 9 years prior. For 2014-2015, his 2.59 ERA was second-lowest among all minor league pitchers with 300+ IP; only Tyler Wagner's 2.05 was better.

In the fall of 2015, he pitched for the Glendale Desert Dogs, with a 4.91 ERA in five games, fanning 16 in 14 2/3 IP. He opened 2016 with the Indianapolis Indians, was sidelined with a sprained left hamstring and got a rehab stint with the West Virginia Black Bears (0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 5 K in 4 IP). He was 2-3 with a 2.57 ERA in 8 games for the Indians, fanning 44 in 35 innings, when he was called up to the Pirates to replace Jameson Taillon, who went on the disabled list. He was the 4th member of the Indianapolis rotation to get the call to the majors for their MLB debut, following Wilfredo Boscan, Taillon and Chad Kuhl.

In his debut on July 5th, he gave up two runs (one earned) in 4 innings of work against the St. Louis Cardinals and ended up with a no-decision; Matt Joyce pinch-hit for him and Juan Nicasio relieved him with a 2-2 tie. He also had a hit in his only at-bat, facing Mike Leake. He was the first major leaguer from Regis University. He was only up for a day as Glasnow then took his spot in the majors, becoming the 5th member of the 2016 Indianapolis rotation to make his MLB debut that summer.

Brault was reported to be the first Pirate to sing the national anthem before a game when he did so in 2018, though Mudcat Grant had done so decades prior.

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Further Reading[edit]

  • Adam Berry: "Brault prepping to make Major League staff", mlb.com, December 21, 2017. [1]

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