Indianapolis was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader today, as Jeanmar Gomez will try again to get his second rehab start. West Virginia is still on their All-Star break. Jamestown opened their season Monday. Check below for a preview of their roster. 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.
Jeanmar Gomez will make his second rehab start for Indianapolis tonight. In his first outing, on a limited pitch count, he went three innings. Gomez allowed two runs(one earned) on three hits, three walks and three strikeouts. He is scheduled to go either five innings or 75 pitches today, whichever comes first. With the Pirates this season, he was 2-0, 3.07 in seven starts and five relief appearances. Andy Oliver should get the start in the second game. He has made 14 starts this season. Oliver has pitched a total of 71 innings, allowing 51 hits, three homers and 60 walks. He has 79 strikeouts, a 1.13 GO/AO ratio and a .202 BAA. He pitched well in his last start, though he needed a lot of pitches to get through his five shutout innings. Oliver gave up four hits, three walks and he struck out seven batters. Prior to that game, he had walked six batters in five of his last six starts. He is second in the International League in strikeouts and leads the league by a wide margin in walks.
AA: Altoona (31-37) vs New Hampshire (33-37) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 5, New Hampshire 4 in 10 innings
Eliecer Navarro will likely make his Altoona debut tonight. He spent the start of the season in Bradenton, where he went 1-9, 2.86 in 11 starts and two relief outings. Navarro pitched 69.1 innings, allowing 62 hits, four homers and 13 walks. He picked up 62 strikeouts, while holding batters to a .235 BAA. He was especially tough against lefties, holding them to a .194 average, with no homers. Navarro also pitched well at home, posting a 1.78 ERA in 30.1 innings.
High-A: Bradenton (26-41) @ Jupiter (35-32) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (0-6, 5.55)
Yesterday’s Result: Jupiter 11, Bradenton 5
Matt Benedict will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched six times in relief. As a starter he is 0-4, 5.85 in 32.1 innings, with a .357 BAA. In 48.2 total innings this season, he has given up 72 hits, four homers, 14 walks and has recorded 29 strikeouts. Benedict has a 1.46 GO/AO ratio. He has been shelled on the road this season, allowing 22 runs in 14 innings. He has done well against Jupiter this year, throwing two shutout innings in relief in one outing and giving up one run over six innings in a late April start.
Low-A: West Virginia (37-33) vs Lakewood (26-41) 7:05pm 6/20
Probable starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia is on their All-Star break.
West Virginia is off today. They are on their All-Star break and won’t return until tomorrow. They finished the first half of the season in third place, 2.5 games behind Hagerstown. The Power will open the second half with seven home games, four against Lakewood and three against Hagerstown. West Virginia sent six players to the South Atlantic All-Star Game last night. which was won 2-1 by the Northern Division.
Dovydas Neverauskas will make his first start of the season tonight. 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. For a preview of the Jamestown roster, check out our article here.
DSL: Pirates1 (6-9) vs Rockies(8-7) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Rockies 5, Pirates1 2
DSL: Pirates2 (7-7) vs Orioles2 (8-7) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Orioles2 3, Pirates2 2
6/19 Jerry Sands placed on disabled list. Oscar Tejeda promoted to Indianapolis.
6/19 Taylor Lewis placed on disabled list. Daniel Grovatt activated from DL and added to Bradenton roster
6/19 Kelson Brown placed on disabled list.
6/19 Chris Diaz added to West Virginia roster.
6/17 Joely Rodriguez promoted to Bradenton. Jordan Steranka added to West Virginia roster.
6/17 Eliecer Navarro promoted to Altoona.
6/15 Stolmy Pimentel promoted to Indianapolis.
6/13 Jeanmar Gomez added to Indianapolis roster on rehab assignment.
6/13 Pirates announce signings of ten draft picks.
6/13 Gregory Polanco promoted to Altoona.
6/12 Oscar Tejeda promoted to Indianapolis
6/11 Kirk Singer added to Bradenton roster.
6/10 Nick Kingham promoted to Altoona.