Three of the four affiliates have gone through the entire rotation now for the first time, so pitchers are now getting their second looks. Andy Oliver had an impressive debut and looks to build on that, hoping to regain his prospect status. Bradenton was off yesterday, so they play their fifth game of the year tonight, where they will look to pick up their first win of the year. 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.
AAA: Indianapolis (3-2) VS Toledo (1-4) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Andy Oliver (0-0, 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 3 Toledo 1
Andy Oliver will make his second start of the season tonight. He pitched the season opener at home against Columbus, throwing six shutout innings. He allowed just two hits, while walking three and striking out six. Oliver spent last year in the Tigers system, where he went 5-9, 4.88 in AAA, making 19 starts and nine relief appearances. He struck out 112 batters in 118 innings. Oliver has had control problems, leading the International League with 88 walks in 2012 and finishing second with 80 in 2011. An Indianapolis team preview can be viewed here.
AA: Altoona (2-3) @ Akron (2-3) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (0-1, 7.20)
Yesterday’s Result: Akron 5 Altoona 3
Brandon Cumpton threw five innings in his debut at Erie, allowing four runs on six hits, two walks and he struck out six batters. Last year for Altoona, Cumpton went 12-11, 3.84 in 27 starts, with 88 strikeouts in 152.1 innings. He had a .261 BAA and a 2.04 GO/AO ratio. He was named to the Eastern League All-Star team last year. An Altoona team preview can be viewed here.
High-A: Bradenton (0-4) @ Charlotte(1-3) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (0-1, 3.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was off
Eliecer Navarro will make his first start of the season tonight. He pitched three innings of relief on Opening Day against Fort Myers. Navarro allowed one run on four hits, no walks and he struck out four batters. Last year for Bradenton, he was 5-8, 3.62 in 13 starts and 18 relief appearances. He threw a total of 112 innings, striking out 88 batters, against just 27 walks. A Bradenton team preview can be viewed here.
Low-A: West Virginia (1-4) VS Charleston (3-2) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (0-1, 3.60)
Yesterday’s Result: Charleston 9 West Virginia 4
Joely Rodriguez will make his second start of the season tonight. He threw five innings on Opening Day against Asheville, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight hitters. Last year for State College, the 21-year-old lefty was 3-4, 4.50 in 14 starts. He had just 32 strikeouts in 64 innings, but kept the ball on the ground and in the ballpark, posting a 1.72 GO/AO ratio while allowing only two home runs. A West Virginia team preview can be viewed here.Pirates Prospects is FREE today in honor of the Wild Card game. You get special access to all of our content, which is typically reserved only for subscribers. We cover the Pirates 365 days a year, with live coverage all throughout the playoffs, and off-season coverage of the minor league players in the Arizona Fall League and Winter Leagues. During the season we average well over 6 articles per day on the Pirates. This is the best stop if you're a hardcore Pirates fan, and the subscription prices are very low.
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