Adrian Sampson has been a breakout pitcher in Altoona this year, after working to improve his changeup in Bradenton last season.

Minor League Schedule: A Busy Saturday For The System

Altoona had the second game of their doubleheader rained out last night. They will try to play two again tonight. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the 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.

Adrian Sampson pitched well last time out

Adrian Sampson pitched well last time out

AAA: Indianapolis (54-29) vs Louisville (40-42) 7:05pm
Probable starter:   Andy Oliver (4-2, 3.27)
Yesterday’s Result:  Indianapolis 4, Rochester 2

Andy Oliver will make his 17th start of the season tonight. In 82.2 innings, he has surrendered 60 hits, four homers and 71 walks. He has 92 strikeouts, a 1.16 GO/AO ratio and a .205 BAA. He leads the International League in both walks and strikeouts, with a commanding lead in walks, 22 more than the next highest pitcher. In his last start, Oliver allowed three runs on five hits and four walks in seven innings. At home this year, he is 2-1, 3.55 in nine starts.

AA: Altoona (34-44) @ Akron (37-41) 5:35pm  DH
Probable starter:  Ethan Hollingsworth (4-3, 3.47) and Eliecer Navarro (0-1, 5.25)
Yesterday’s Result: Akron 4, Altoona 1 (game one) game two was rained out

Ethan Hollingsworth and Eliecer Navarro will get the starts today for Altoona. For Navarro, it will be his third start since joining Altoona. He went six innings in each previous game, though the outcomes were totally different. In his opener, he allowed one earned run  on four hits and two walks. In his next outing, he gave up six earned runs. With Bradenton prior to his promotion, Navarro went 1-9, 2.86 in 11 starts and two relief appearances. He has 72 strikeouts this year in 81.1 innings. Hollingsworth will make his fourth start and 19th overall appearance. This month, he is 3-0, 0.90 in 20 innings. His last start was six shutout innings on Monday. He has a 1.91 home ERA as opposed to a 5.57 ERA on the road.

High-A: Bradenton (31-46 overall, 5-4 2nd half) vs Palm Beach (34-43) 6:30pm
Probable starter:   Adrian Sampson (3-3, 5.15)
Yesterday’s Result: Charlotte 9, Bradenton 8 (game one) Bradenton 3, Charlotte 2 (game two)

Adrian Sampson will get his 14th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. In 73.1 innings, he has allowed 91 hits, 12 homers and 12 walks. He has 41 strikeouts, a 1.18 GO/AO ratio and a .303 BAA. In his last start, Sampson went seven innings, allowing one earned run on four hits and no walks. He is 1-1, 2.77 in four June starts. At home this year, he is 1-2, 5.87 in nine starts.

Low-A: West Virginia (44-35 overall, 7-2 2nd half) @ Lakewood (28-48) 7:05pm
Probable starterJason Creasy (2-0, 3.54)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 8, Lakewood 6 (Game Report)

Jason Creasy will make his fourth start of the season tonight. He has pitched 18 times in relief. On the year, he has thrown 48.1 innings, allowing 56 hits, six homers and 11 walks. He has 45 strikeouts, a 1.18 GO/AO ratio and a .281 BAA. In his last start five days ago, he threw 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing four hits, two walks and he struck out three batters. In his previous start, he gave up three runs on seven hits in three innings.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (6-4) vs Auburn (4-7) 7:05pm
Probable Starter:    Dovydas Neverauskas (0-1, 4.76)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 6, Auburn 5

Dovydas Neverauskas will get his third start of the season tonight.  In his first game, he went five innings, allowing one run on four hits, no walks and three strikeouts. Neverauskas got two outs in his second game before being pulled. He allowed four runs(two earned) on two hits and a walk. He spent most of last season in the Gulf Coast League, where he made nine starts and one relief appearance. He also had a late season outing for State College in which he allowed one run on two hits and two walks in four innings, with four strikeouts. In the GCL, Neverauskas went 1-1, 4.08 in 35.1 innings, with 29 strikeouts and a .268 BAA.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (3-4) vs GCL Astros (5-2) 11:00am
Probable Starter: Adrian Grullon (0-0, 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Astros 6, Pirates 5

Adrian Grullon will make his second start of the season this morning. In his first outing, he went four shutout innings, giving up two hits, no walks and he struck out seven batters. He spent last year in the DSL, where he went  1-4, 4.23 in eight starts and a relief appearance. In 27.2 innings, he gave up 23 hits, no homers, 13 walks, while picking up 22 strikeouts. Grullon had a 1.46 GO/AO ratio and a .225 BAA. He made his pro debut in 2011, throwing five innings over three outings. For a preview of the GCL roster, check out our article here.

DSL: Pirates1 (12-12) vs Yankees2 (6-18) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Angels 17, Pirates1 10

DSL: Pirates2 (12-11) vs Cubs (15-9) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Yankees 6, Pirates2 0

Recent Transactions

6/28 Zack Thornton sent to Altoona and Ali Solis sent to Altoona. Duke Welker, Oscar Tejeda and Tony Sanchez sent to Indianapolis.

6/27 John Kuchno sent to Jamestown. Lance Breedlove added to West Virginia roster.

6/25 Mel Rojas Jr placed on disabled list.

6/25 Chad Kuhl placed on disabled list. Jared LaKind activated and added to Jamestown roster.

6/24 Vic Black activated from Indianapolis DL. Oscar Tejeda sent to Altoona

6/23 Wandy Rodriguez added to Indianapolis roster on rehab.

6/21 Jose Tabata added to Indianapolis roster on rehab. Ali Solis promoted to Indianapolis

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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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