Minor League Schedule: Oliver And Sampson Start On A Light Day In The System

Four games on the schedule today, though just two among the full-season affiliates. West Virginia and Altoona are both off today. Two new teams are on the daily schedule as the Dominican Summer League season got under way Saturday. For a look at the players to watch on the DSL teams, check out our season preview here. 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.

Andy Oliver has battled control issues all season

Andy Oliver has battled control issues all season

AAA: Indianapolis (39-19) @ Columbus (29-28) 7:05pm
Probable starter:  Andy Oliver (3-2, 3.02)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 13, Columbus 3

Andy Oliver will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 56.2 innings, allowing 38 hits, three homers and 45 walks. He has 62 strikeouts, a 1.17 GO/AO ratio and a .191 BAA. Oliver’s last start was his shortest of the season, going 3.1 innings, with two runs allowed on three hits and six walks. He faced Columbus on 4/14, in what ended up as his second shortest outing so far. The left-hander gave up five runs on six hits and three walks, striking out eight batters in 4.1 innings. Oliver is tied with Ross Ohlendorf for the second most strikeouts in the International League. He leads the league in walks allowed.

AA: Altoona (23-33) vs Reading (20-33) 7:00pm 6/4
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (3-5, 3.26)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 13, Portland 6

Altoona is off today. The Curve are currently in last place in their division, trailing first place Erie by 8.5 games. Altoona is 4-6 in their last ten games and 11-14 at home this year. They have played Reading once this year on the road, losing all three games that were completed. The fourth game was suspended with the score 2-2 in the eighth inning. When the two teams meet up on Tuesday, they will finish the suspended game first, before playing the regularly scheduled contest.

High-A: Bradenton (22-34) vs Daytona (28-26) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (2-2, 6.46)

Yesterday’s Result: Jupiter 12, Bradenton 6 (game one) Bradenton 7, Jupiter 1 (game two)

Adrian Sampson will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. On the year, he has pitched a total of 47.1 innings, allowing 70 hits, nine homers and 11 walks. Sampson has struck out 26 batters this year, including a season high of seven in his third start. He had a 5.16 ERA in April and a 7.66 ERA in 24.2 innings during May. In his last start, Sampson allowed six runs on eight hits in six innings. He has a .348 BAA on the year, which includes a .364 average from left-handed batters.

Low-A: West Virginia (31-26) vs Delmarva (23-31) 7:05pm 6/4
Probable starter: John Kuchno (2-3, 4.91)
Yesterday’s Result:  Lakewood 8, West Virginia 5 (game recap)

West Virginia is off today. They lost their last game to Lakewood, breaking a seven game winning streak against the BlueClaws. West Virginia is currently tied for second place in their division with Hickory, one game behind Hagerstown. The Power are 15-14 at home and 6-4 in their last ten games. This will be their first meeting against Delmarva this season.

DSL: Pirates1 (1-0) vs Rockies (0-1) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates1 were off yesterday

DSL: Pirates2 (0-1) vs Orioles2 (1-0) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 were off yesterday

Recent Transactions

5/31 Added Zack Thornton to Indianapolis roster. Placed Kyle Waldrop on disabled list.

5/31 Acquired Atahualpa Severino. Assigned him to Indianapolis.

5/31 Acquired Graham Godfrey. Assigned him to Indianapolis.

5/31 Activated Chase d’Arnaud from disabled list. Assigned him to Indianapolis.

5/31 Promoted Alex Presley to Pittsburgh Pirates. Assigned Josh Harrison to Indianapolis.

5/28 Alex Dickerson activated from DL. Stefan Welch assigned to Jamestown roster.

5/27 James McDonald added to Altoona roster on rehab.

5/27 John McDonald added to Indianapolis roster on rehab.

5/26 Orlando Castro added to West Virginia roster. Josh Smith placed on DL.

5/26 Wyatt Mathisen placed on DL. Kawika Emsley-Pai added to West Virginia roster.

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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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  • Lee Young

    From the caption under the pic “Andy Oliver has battled control issues all season”

    Try “all his career”…lol

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