Derek Shelton has announced that JT Brubaker will be the Pirates opening day starter on April 7th against the St. Louis Cardinals. This is Brubaker’s first-ever opening day start. Brubaker was drafted in 2015 in the 6th round out of the University of Akron.
JT Brubaker is our Opening Day starter! pic.twitter.com/66KgAYQ6HB
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 3, 2022
So far this spring, Brubaker has pitched 8.0 innings with eight strikeouts and a 4.50 ERA. With the way the starting rotation was looking, most expected Jose Quintana to be the opening starter.
The 28-year-old Brubaker has been with the big league club since 2020 and has amassed 171 innings pitched with a 5.24 ERA in 35 games. Now we wait to hear the rest of the opening day lineup, which is expected to be announced very soon.