Minor League Schedule: Rodriguez Looks To Continue Recent Hot Streak

Stolmy Pimentel will start tonight for Altoona in place of Luis Sanz. Light day on the schedule for prospects as three veteran pitchers take the mound, but down for West Virginia, 21-year-old lefty Joely Rodriguez has been pitching well of late. He has an ERA of 1.00 in May, with a 2/16 BB/K ratio in 18 innings. Despite the one-sided loss yesterday, Indianapolis still has the best record in the International League. 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.

Rodriguez already has more strikeouts this year than he amassed last year

Rodriguez already has more strikeouts this year than he amassed last year

AAA: Indianapolis (31-14) @ Pawtucket (26-18) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Brooks Brown (2-0, 3.66)
Yesterday’s Result: Pawtucket 11, Indianapolis 3

Brooks Brown will get his fifth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched six times in relief. Brown has a 4.76 ERA in 17 innings as a starter, 2.40 in 15 innings of relief. He has a 1.79 GO/AO ratio and a .224 BAA. He has been particularly tough on righties, holding them to a .193 BAA. A majority of his innings have come at home this year, though he has pitched nine scoreless innings on the road.

AA: Altoona (19-23) @ Reading (15-26) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Luis Sanz (2-1, 3.63) Stolmy Pimentel (2-1, 2.89)
Yesterday’s Result: Richmond 3, Altoona 0

Stolmy Pimentel will start tonight, making his ninth start of the season. He has hit a recent rough streak, allowing 16 hits, six walks and 12 runs in his last 10.1 innings, covering two starts. In the month of April, he was 2-0, 0.30 in five starts. His May ERA is 7.71 in three games. In 46 innings, he has given up 40 hits, three homers,  22 walks and 37 strikeouts.

High-A: Bradenton (17-26) vs Tampa (17-24) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (0-7, 3.89)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 8, St Lucie 1

Eliecer Navarro will make his eighth start of the season. He also has one relief appearance. He leads the organization in losses. On the year, Navarro has pitched 41.2 innings, giving up 46 hits, four homers and eight walks, while striking out 38 batters. In his last outing, he allowed four runs on eight hits and one walk in 6.1 innings. Despite the winless record, Navarro hadn’t allowed more than three earned runs in a game until his last start. At home this year, he has a 2.35 ERA in 15.1 innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (21-22) @ Kannapolis (15-24) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (2-3, 3.14)
Yesterday’s Result:  Lexington 12, West Virginia 5

Joely Rodriguez will make his ninth start of the season tonight. He has pitched great recently, giving up just two earned runs in his last four starts combined. On the year, he has pitched a total of 43 innings, allowing 44 hits, three homers, 12 walks and he has struck out 36 batters. Rodriguez has a 2.19 GO/AO ratio and a .268 BAA, which includes a .211 mark from left-handed batters. On the road this year, he is 1-1, 3.12 in three starts.

Recent Transactions

5/19 Chase d’Arnaud assigned to Altoona roster.

5/18 Jeff Karstens added to Altoona roster.

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.

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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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