Francisco Liriano will make his season debut today for Bradenton, beginning his minor league rehab assignment. Liriano will be followed by Jose Contreras, who will also make his rehab debut. Brandon Cumpton has been promoted to AAA and will get his first start for Indianapolis, while David Bromberg will start for Altoona in his place. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. A full recap of yesterday’s action can be found here.
Brandon Cumpton will make his first start for Indianapolis today. He has made two starts for Altoona this year and had troubles in each of them. In his opener, he went five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks, while picking up six strikeouts. In his second outing, he lasted 4.2 innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits and three walks. He recorded just one strikeout, but got 11 outs on ground balls. Cumpton pitched all of last season with Altoona, going 12-11, 3.84 in 27 starts.
AA: Altoona (4-6) VS Richmond (4-7) 6:30pm
Probable starter: David Bromberg (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Harrisburg 4, Altoona 2
David Bromberg will make his first start of the season tonight. He has been in Extended Spring Training. Bromberg spent seven seasons in the Twins system, making it as high as AAA twice, 2010 and 2012. He spent time in three different levels last year, going a combined 4-4, 3.84 in 11 starts and 24 relief appearances. He has averaged nearly a strikeout per inning in his career, 664 strikeouts in 699.1 innings.
Francisco Liriano will get his first start of the season, beginning his minor league rehab assignment. Last season, splitting the year between the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox, he went 6-12, 5.34 in 28 starts and six relief appearances. The Pirates officially signed him in early February and he has missed the beginning of the year due to a broken arm(non-throwing).
Low-A: West Virginia (4-7) @ Greenville (6-5) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Clay Holmes (0-0, 4.15)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 12, Asheville 7
Clay Holmes will get his third start of the season tonight. His results in his two starts were extremely different, though he did walk four batters in each game. In the opener, he allowed four earned runs over 3.2 innings, giving up five hits, while striking out six batters. In his second start, he threw five shutout innings, allowing just two hits, while striking out three. Last year for State College, Holmes went 5-3, 2.28 in 13 starts, posting a 1.56 GO/AO ratio and a .176 BAA.