INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Indians right-hander Brandon Cumpton has been named the International League’s Pitcher of the Week for the period of July 14-20. The 25-year-old tossed eight shutout innings to help the Tribe outlast division rival Columbus Clippers in a 1-0, three-hit shutout win last Thursday.
Working his second Triple-A start since his return from the big leagues, Cumpton faced just three above the minimum 24 in his eight shutout innings. The right-hander stumbled early by loading the bases on his first three batters of the game, but he craftily escaped the jam with an infield popout and inning-ending doubleplay. Trouble avoided, Cumpton settled into a groove to retire 21 of the final 24 batters to set the stage for his fifth win in six decisions.
The Indians’ starter then capped his gem with just two base hits, four walks and three strikeouts on 108 pitches (63 strikes). The outing also gave Cumpton a quality start in each of his eight Triple-A appearances, and improved his line on the road to one earned run over five starts and 36 innings (0.25 ERA) away from Victory Field.
Cumpton is the third Tribe pitcher to win the award this season and first since lefty Adam Wilk took home the honors on July 7. In addition, Cumpton’s accolade also gives the Tribe an IL-best five weekly awards this season (Gregory Polanco, April 7-13, May 12-18; Morris, June 9-15; Wilk, July 1-6).