Minor League Schedule: Holmes Tries Again In West Virginia

West Virginia was rained out last night. They will make the game up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday. Clay Holmes was activated from the disabled list yesterday. He has had control problems all year and in his last four starts, he has also had trouble getting strikeouts, picking up a total of four in 17 combined innings. 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.

Clay Holmes has struggled with his control all season

Clay Holmes has struggled with his control all season

AAA: Indianapolis (29-13) VS Buffalo (24-15) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (3-2, 3.31)
Yesterday’s Result:  Buffalo 6, Indianapolis 4

Brandon Cumpton will make his sixth start for Indianapolis tonight. He has also started twice for Altoona and pitched once in relief for Indianapolis. He has pitched a total of 45 innings this year, allowing 41 hits, two homers, 16 walks and he has 39 strikeouts. Cumpton has an impressive 2.65 GO/AO ratio and a .240 BAA. In his last start, he went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks. In his previous start, he tied his season high with eight strikeouts. He has pitched twice at home, his last start and on 4/26, Cumpton threw seven scoreless innings against Lehigh Valley.

AA: Altoona (18-22) @ Richmond (19-19) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (4-3, 3.18)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 6, Trenton 2

Casey Sadler will make his ninth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 51 innings, allowing 47 hits, five homers, 13 walks and he has struck out 27 batters. He has a 2.22 GO/AO ratio and a .250 BAA. Sadler made his last start against this same Richmond team, going seven innings and allowing four earned runs on seven hits and two walks. He has walked either one or two batters in every start this season. Sadler has gone at least seven innings in five of his last six starts.

High-A: Bradenton (15-25) vs St Lucie (23-15) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (0-1, 4.09)
Yesterday’s Result: Clearwater 6, Bradenton 3

Zack Dodson will make his third start of the season tonight. He missed the beginning of the season serving out the rest of his 50 game suspension from late last year. In his first start, Dodson went five innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out four batters. In his last start, he allowed two runs on six hits and a walk in six innings. He has allowed a homer in each start.

Low-A: West Virginia (19-20) VS Lexington (20-19) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Clay Holmes (1-3, 6.10)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was rained out

Clay Holmes returned from the DL yesterday and will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 31 innings, allowing 33 hits, 25 walks, three homers and he has 17 strikeouts, with a 2.04 GO/AO ratio and a .277 BAA.  At home, he is 0-2, 7.84 in five starts. In his last start, he went four innings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks. He was out for eight days, after suffering a minor ankle injury.

Recent Transactions

5/16 Clay Holmes activated from DL. Josh Smith assigned to Jamestown roster.

5/16 Chase d’Arnaud assigned to Bradenton on rehab.

5/16 Cesar Lopez sent to Extended Spring Training. Kurt Yacko assigned to Bradenton roster

5/13 Jake Burnette added to West Virginia roster. Clay Holmes placed on DL.

5/13 Jeff Karstens added to Bradenton roster.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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