Two pitchers who have been nearly unhittable this year, will take the mound tonight. Andy Oliver for Indianapolis and Tyler Glasnow for West Virginia have both had control problems at times, but each of them has been as good as anyone else in the organization when they are throwing strikes. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. We have added a Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full recap of yesterday’s action can be found here.
AAA: Indianapolis (21-10) @ Scranton Wilkes-Barre (17-11) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Andy Oliver (1-1, 3.34)
Yesterday’s Result: Lehigh Valley 5, Indianapolis 4
Andy Oliver will make his seventh start of the season tonight. In 32.1 innings this year, he has given up 23 hits, two homers and 19 walks. He has 39 strikeouts, a 1.20 GO/AO ratio and a .202 BAA. Oliver has a 4.35 ERA in his two road starts, though he has recorded 18 strikeouts in just 10.1 innings. On 4/19, he threw six shutout innings and recorded a season high 10 strikeouts. He is tied for first in the International League in strikeouts and tied for third in walks.
AA: Altoona (11-19) @ Harrisburg (14-16) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (3-2, 3.50)
Yesterday’s Result: Erie 2, Altoona 1
Casey Sadler will make his seventh start of the year tonight. He pitched well through his first four starts, but has hit a cold streak recently. In his last two starts, he has allowed nine runs on 17 hits and four walks in 11 innings. On the year, he has pitched a total of 36 innings, recording 19 strikeouts, while walking nine batters. Sadler has a .277 BAA and a 2.15 GO/AO ratio. He has faced Harrisburg twice already this year, allowing four runs over 13 innings.
High-A: Bradenton (11-19) @ Dunedin (18-11) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (0-0, 5.16)
Yesterday’s Result: Dunedin 6, Bradenton 5
Adrian Sampson will make his sixth start of the season today. In 22.2 innings, he has allowed 28 hits, two homers and eight walks, while striking out 15 batters. He has made four of his starts at home this season, with his only road start being his best game of the year. At St Lucie on 4/25, he allowed one run over 4.2 innings. Sampson has had significant trouble against left-handed batters this year, allowing them to hit .379, while posting a 0.17 GO/AO ratio.
Low-A: West Virginia (13-16) VS Greenville (10-19) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Tyler Glasnow (1-0, 1.80)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 6, Greenville 3
Tyler Glasnow will get his sixth start of the season tonight. He has given up four hits or less in all five starts this year. Glasnow has a .145 BAA and is tough to hit from both sides of the plate, with lefties hitting .160 and right-handed batters are hitting .136 against him. In his last outing, he threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits, two walks and he struck out seven batters. He has yet to allow an earned run at home in two starts.
5/5 Zack Dodson added to Bradenton roster. Junior Sosa sent to West Virginia
5/4 Jeff Larish added to Indianapolis roster
5/4 Barrett Barnes put on West Virginia disabled list
5/3 Jordy Mercer promoted to majors. Charlie Morton added to Indianapolis roster.
5/3 Jose Contreras promoted to majors. Jared Hughes sent to Indianapolis.
5/3 Pirates sign Jeff Gibbs
4/30 Altoona activated Adalberto Santos from DL
4/30 Placed Zack Von Rosenberg on the DL. Added Jhondaniel Medina to Bradenton roster