Minor League Schedule: Kingham Likely To Make Altoona Debut Tonight

Three teams going today in full-season ball and all three have unscheduled pitchers going due to two promotions and a string of doubleheaders in West Virginia. Bradenton is on their All-Star break. They will resume play on Monday. 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.

Nick Kingham should get his first start for Altoona today.

Nick Kingham should get his first start for Altoona today.

AAA: Indianapolis (46-23) @ Durham (42-26) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kris Johnson (5-3, 3.23)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6, Durham 4 in 10 innings

Kris Johnson will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched in relief five times. As a starter, Johnson is 5-2, 2.84 in 50.2 innings, with a .228 BAA. His last appearance was in relief, four days ago when he threw three no-hit innings. In his last start, he gave up two runs over seven innings on May 30th against Pawtucket. Johnson threw two scoreless innings against Durham ten days ago. He is holding left-handed batters to a .216 average, with no homers this season. He is taking the spot of Brandon Cumpton, who was promoted to the majors.

AA: Altoona (28-37) vs Trenton (33-33) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 8, Trenton 4

Altoona has yet to announce a starter for today’s game, but Nick Kingham will likely make his AA debut today. He still has to be added to the Curve roster. Kingham pitched 13 times for Bradenton, going 6-3, 3.09 in 70 innings, with 55 hits allowed, six homers and 14 walks. He has 75 strikeouts and a .212 BAA. At the time of his promotion, he was the Florida State League leader in strikeouts. In his last start five days ago, he got in just three innings before rained postponed the finish of the game.

High-A: Bradenton (26-39) @ Jupiter (33-32) 6:35pm 6/17
Probable starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton is on their All-Star break

The Marauders are now on their All-Star break. They are in last place in their division, 17.5 games behind first place Fort Myers. When they return to action on Monday, they will play three games on the road against Jupiter, three at home against Charlotte and then go back on the road for six games. They will play 17 straight days without a day off. As of right now, Alen Hanson will be the team’s only representative in the All-Star game. Both Gregory Polanco and Nick Kingham were selected, but they have been promoted to Altoona.

Low-A: West Virginia (36-32) @ Greensboro (32-35) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Pat Ludwig (4-0, 2.17)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 6, Greensboro 3 in 12 innings

Pat Ludwig will make his first professional start today after making 38 straight relief appearances since being drafted last year. This season he has pitched twenty times in relief, throwing a total of 37.1 innings. He has allowed 30 hits, two homers and 12 walks, while striking out 35 batters. Ludwig has a 1.24 GO/AO ratio and a .221 BAA. Left-handed batters are hitting just .181 against him. On May 22nd, he threw four innings and in each of his last two appearances, he has gone three innings.

DSL: Pirates1 (6-6) vs Mets2 (6-6) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result:  Pirates1 5, Yankees2 4

DSL: Pirates2 (6-5) vs Reds (3-9) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 9, Cubs 8

Recent Transactions

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.

6/9 Daniel Grovatt placed on disabled list.

6/7 Andrew Lambo promoted to Indianapolis from Altoona. Ali Solis added to Altoona roster.

6/6 Barrett Barnes activated from DL. Junior Sosa sent to Bradenton

6/6 Zachary Von Roseberg activated from DL. Jhondaniel Medina sent to West Virginia

6/6 Stefan Welch traded to Red Sox organization

John Dreker

Author: 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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  • johnj618

    When is Taillon supposed to pitch again? After he got scratched from his last start 5 days rest would’ve been today yet I haven’t seen anything about him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

    I wished I lived near Trenton. I can’t wait to see Polanco and Kingham.
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    They don’t come to Harrisburg anytime soon, so it looks like a road trip to Altoona is in my footure.