Robby Rowland looks to shutdown Charlotte tonight

Minor League Schedule: Dickson Makes Pro Debut Tonight

West Virginia returns from their All-Star break tonight. Indianapolis plays an early afternoon game today. 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.

Robby Rowland looks to shutdown Charlotte tonight

Robby Rowland looks to shutdown Charlotte tonight

AAA: Indianapolis (49-25) @ Norfolk (38-35) 12:05pm
Probable starter: Kris Johnson (5-3, 3.07)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 8, Norfolk 1 (game one) Indianapolis 5, Norfolk 3 in 10 innings (game two)

Kris Johnson will get his 11th start of the season this afternoon. He has also made five relief appearances. As a starter, he is 5-2, 2.70 in 56.2 innings. On the year, Johnson has pitched 67.1 innings, allowing 64 hits, three homers, 25 walks and he has 49 strikeouts, with a 1.31 GO/AO ratio and a .254 BAA. In his last start, he allowed one run on nine hits and no walks over six innings. He faced Norfolk in relief twice last time these teams met, throwing a total of 4.2 scoreless innings.

AA: Altoona (32-37) vs New Hampshire (33-38) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (7-4, 2.98)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 5, New Hampshire 2

Casey Sadler will make his 15th start of the season tonight. He has pitched 87.2 innings this year, the most in the organization. Sadler has allowed 77 hits, seven homers and 21 walks. He has 51 strikeouts, a 1.76 GO/AO ratio and a .241 BAA. In his last start, he threw six shutout innings, giving up three hits and a walk. At home this year, Sadler is 2-4, 3.56 in seven starts. He has gone at least six innings in eight of his last nine starts. The other outing was 5.2 innings.

High-A: Bradenton (26-42) vs Charlotte (29-38) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (3-4, 4.34)
Yesterday’s Result: Jupiter 3, Bradenton 2

Robby Rowland will make his 14th start of the season tonight.  He has thrown 64.1 innings, allowing 59 hits, six homers and 24 walks. Rowland has 34 strikeouts, a 1.29 GO/AO ratio and a .247 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, allowing four runs(all unearned) on two hits and four walks. In his last nine starts combined, Rowland has picked up just 19 strikeouts. He faced Charlotte on 5/10, giving up three runs(two earned) on six hits and two walks, without recording a strikeout.

Low-A: West Virginia (37-33) vs Lakewood (26-41) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Clay Holmes (2-5, 4.95)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia is on their All-Star break.

Clay Holmes will make his 14th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 60 innings, allowing 57 hits and five homers, while walking 40 and striking out 40 batters. He has a 1.91 GO/AO ratio, one of the best in the organization. In three June starts, he has a 3.00 ERA and a .218 BAA in 15 innings. Holmes faced Lakewood on 6/1, throwing five shutout innings, allowing just one hit, though he did walk five batters. He has a 6.06 ERA in eight home starts.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (2-1) vs Williamsport (1-2) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Cody Dickson (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Mahoning Valley 7, Jamestown 6

Cody Dickson will make his professional debut tonight. 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. For a preview of the Jamestown roster, check out our article here.

DSL: Pirates1 (6-10) vs Rangers (14-2) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Rockies 8, Pirates1 1

DSL: Pirates2 (8-7) vs Brewers (3-13) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 6, Orioles2 2

Recent Transactions

6/19 Stetson Allie and Orlando Castro promoted to Bradenton

6/19 Luis Heredia and Clario Perez added to West Virginia roster

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.

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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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