After going 11-3 with a 2.86 ERA and 139 strike outs in 15 appearances with Ball State, the future appeared very bright for the 21-year old Bullington. The Pirates selected the right-hander with the first overall pick, and through his first two seasons he appeared to be a blooming young pitcher.
By the end of the 2005 season, Bullington was 29-15 with a 3.33 ERA. However, he never seemed able to cut it at the major league level and has waded between Triple-A and the occasional appearance in the majors for the past five seasons.
Now with his fourth organization, Bullington was called on to replace pitcher Brian Bannister in the rotation, who has been demoted to the bullpen to work on his mechanics. Bullington hurled eight shutout innings today versus the Yankees, surrendering just two hits and striking out five. He will certainly get more of a look after shutting down the Yankees, one of the best teams in baseball.
Before today's win, he was 0-7 in 19 career appearances.