Minor League Schedule: Dickson and Holmes Headline Sunday’s Games

Minor League Schedule: Dickson and Holmes Headline Sunday’s Games
John Dreker

Five teams on the schedule today, four of the games are early afternoon starts. The GCL Pirates and both Dominican Summer League affiliates are off today. They will all resume play tomorrow. 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.

Kris Johnson has been great at home this year

Kris Johnson has been great at home this year

AAA: Indianapolis (55-29) vs Louisville (40-43) 1:35pm
Probable starter:   Kris Johnson (7-3, 2.80)
Yesterday’s Result:  Indianapolis 5, Louisville 3

Kris Johnson will make his 13th start of the season today. He has also pitched five times in relief. He has pitched 80.1 innings, giving up 71 hits, four homers and 29 walks. Johnson has 58 strikeouts, a 1.46 GO/AO ratio and a .239 BAA. In his last start, he threw seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks. At home he is 3-1, 1.88 in 38.1 innings.

AA: Altoona (35-45) @ Akron (38-42) 2:05pm
Probable starter:  Casey Sadler (7-5, 3.28)
Yesterday’s Result: Akron 7, Altoona 6 (game one) Altoona 7, Akron 0 (game two)

Casey Sadler will make his 17th start of the season today. In 96 innings, he has given up 89 hits, eight homers and 25 walks. He has 54 strikeouts, a 1.73 GO/AO ratio and a .251 BAA. He lasted just two innings in his last start, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk. The game was suspended after two innings due to rain. Sadler is 2-2, 3.81 in five June starts. On the road, he is 5-0, 2.42 in seven starts.

High-A: Bradenton (31-47 overall, 5-5 2nd half) vs Palm Beach (35-43) 5:00pm
Probable starter:   Zack Dodson (1-5, 5.04)
Yesterday’s Result: Palm Beach 5, Bradenton 0

Zack Dodson will make his tenth start of the season today. He has also pitched once in relief. He went six innings in his last outing, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks. Dodson has had trouble striking out batters recently, picking up just eight strikeouts in his last six outings combined. At home this year in five starts, he is 1-2, 5.13 in 26.1 innings. He had a 3.45 ERA in May and in five June games, he has a 7.17 ERA.

Low-A: West Virginia (44-36 overall, 7-3 2nd half) @ Lakewood (29-48) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Clay Holmes (2-5, 5.08)
Yesterday’s Result: Lakewood 3, West Virginia 0 (Game Report)

Clay Holmes will make his 16th start of the season today. He has pitched 67.1 innings this year, giving up 64 hits, five homers and 47 walks. Holmes has 44 strikeouts, a 1.79 GO/AO ratio and a .257 BAA. He has had two recent starts against Lakewood this month, with vastly different results. In the first game in Lakewood, he threw five shutout innings, giving up just one hit. In the second meeting last week, he gave up four runs on five hits and three walks in 3.1 innings. On the road this year, Holmes is 2-1, 3.33 in five starts.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (6-5) vs Auburn (5-7) 1:05pm
Probable Starter:  Cody Dickson (0-0, 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Auburn 8, Jamestown 5

Cody Dickson will make the third start of his pro career. In his first game, he threw three no-hit innings, allowing one walk, while striking out six batters. His next outing was cut short by rain and the game doesn’t count yet in the official stats. Dickson gave up two runs in the first, the only inning he pitched. He was the fourth round pick in the 2013 amateur draft for the Pirates. Dickson is a 21-year-old 6’3″ lefty, who went 9-5, 4.26 in 95 innings for Sam Houston State this season. He held batters to a .185 BAA and struck out 91, but also issued 51 walks.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (4-4) vs GCL Yankees2 (3-4) 12:00pm 7/1
Probable Starter: Cesilio Pimentel (0-0, 3.38)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 6, Astros 2

The GCL Pirates are off today. They resume play on Monday with a two game series against the Yankees2. For a preview of the GCL roster, check out our article here.

DSL: Pirates1 (13-12) vs Yankees2 (6-19) 10:30am 7/1
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates1 4, Yankees2 2

DSL: Pirates2 (12-12) vs Cubs (16-9) 10:30am 7/1
Yesterday’s Result: Cubs 8, Pirates2 7

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.

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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