Jeff Karstens gets his second rehab start tonight and Tyler Glasnow tries to continue his impressive season on a busy Saturday night. West Virginia plays a doubleheader today as a make-up of Thursday night’s rain out. John Kuchno has been named the starter for game two of the doubleheader. All four affiliates(plus the Pirates) won last night. 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 (30-13) @ Pawtucket (25-17) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Kris Johnson (3-3, 3.68)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 2, Buffalo 1
Kris Johnson will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has also appeared twice in relief. As a starter, he has pitched a total of 32.2 innings, allowing 28 hits, three homers, 13 walks and he has 24 strikeouts. Johnson has a .259 BAA and a 1.17 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, he went six innings, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks. He threw five shutout innings in his previous outing. On the road this year, he is 1-2, 5.21 in three starts and one relief appearance.
AA: Altoona (19-22) @ Richmond (19-20) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Jeff Karstens (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 2, Richmond 1
Jeff Karstens will make his second rehab start. He is schedule to throw either 65 pitches or four innings, whichever comes first. He threw 42 pitches in his last start while with Bradenton. He allowed one run on four hits, no walks and he struck out four batters in three innings.
High-A: Bradenton (16-25) vs St Lucie (23-16) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (1-0, 5.85)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 5, St Lucie 4
Adrian Sampson will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has also made one relief appearance, which was his last outing. Sampson threw five innings in that last game, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk. On the year, he has pitched a total of 32.1 innings, allowing 42 hits, five homers and ten walks, while picking up 19 strikeouts. He faced St Lucie on 4/25, going 4.2 innings, with one run, three hits and three walks. At home this year, he is 0-0, 6.00 in four starts. Sampsons has an 0.89 GO/AO ratio and a .321 BAA.
Low-A: West Virginia (20-20) VS Lexington (20-20) 5:00pm DH
Probable starter: Tyler Glasnow (3-0, 1.80) and John Kuchno (1-2, 4.18)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 3, Lexington 1
Tyler Glasnow will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has pitched 30 innings, giving up just 13 hits and no homers, although he has walked 19 batters. Glasnow has 42 strikeouts, including 26 in his last 15 innings. Batters are hitting just .129 against him and lefties are only hitting .108 with 17 strikeouts in 37 AB’s. He leads West Virginia in strikeouts and ranks seventh in the entire South Atlantic League. His season high in hits allowed in a game is four, though it should be noted that it was also the only game in which he didn’t walk any batters. John Kuchno makes his eighth start. In his first two starts combined, he gave up 13 runs. Since then, he has allowed just five runs in 25 innings. He faced Lexington in his last start, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks in 5.1 innings.
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.