Minor League Schedule: Dickson Tries To Follow Up Stellar Performance

There are four lefties among the probables today, including 2013 4th round draft pick Cody Dickson, who threw five no-hit innings his last time out. Kris Johnson, who is quietly having a big season, will be on the mound in Indianapolis. 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. The latest Dominican Summer League recap can be found here.

Johnson has allowed one run in his last 19 innings (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Johnson has allowed one run in his last 19 innings (Photo Credit: David Hague)

AAA: Indianapolis (65-48) vs Scranton/WB (54-57) 7:05pm
Probable starter:  Kris Johnson (9-4, 2.44)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 3, Scranton/WB 1

Kris Johnson will make his 18th start of the season. He has also pitched five times in relief. As a starter, he is 9-3, 2.17 in 103.2 innings, with 71 strikeouts, a 1.79 GO/AO ratio and a .221 BAA. He has made eight straight quality starts, allowing a total of nine runs in 53 innings(1.53 ERA) during those starts. At home this season, he is 3-2, 2.06 in seven starts and four relief outings. In his last game, he gave up one run over season innings.

AA: Altoona (51-57) vs Binghamton (67-42) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (3-4, 4.50)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 3, Binghamton 2

Eliecer Navarro will make his ninth start for Altoona tonight. Before joining the Curve, he made 11 starts and two relief appearances for Bradenton, going 1-9, 2.86 in 69.1 innings. On the season, he has pitched a total of 113.1 innings, giving up 104 hits, ten homers and 29 walks. He has 86 strikeouts, an 0.74 GO/AO ratio and a .237 BAA. In his last start, Navarro went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. He has recorded just one strikeout in his last two games combined.

High-A: Bradenton (41-65 overall, 15-23 2nd half) vs Dunedin (50-52) 6:30pm 
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (4-7, 4.97)
Yesterday’s Result:  Bradenton 5, Dunedin 2

Zack Dodson will make his 16th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. On the year, he has thrown 83.1 innings, allowing 89 hits, ten homers and 30 walks. Dodson has 37 strikeouts, a 1.17 GO/AO ratio and a .266 BAA. In his last start, he went 6.1 innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk. At home, he is 3-3, 4.96 in nine starts. Dodson has just 19 total strikeouts over his last ten games.

Low-A: West Virginia (59-47 overall, 22-14 2nd half) vs Lakewood (44-62) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kyle Haynes (1-1, 2.36)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 4, Delmarva 3

Kyle Haynes will make his third start of the season tonight. He has pitched 33 times in relief this year. In his first start on 7/15, he went three innings, giving up one unearned run on one hit and two walks. He struck out seven batters in that game. In his last start on Saturday, he threw 3.2 scoreless innings, giving up two hits, two walks and he struck out five batters. Haynes hasn’t given up an earned run in his last six appearances, covering 12 innings.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (26-15) vs Staten Island (18-24) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Cody Dickson (1-0, 3.09)
Yesterday’s Result: , Staten Island 6, Jamestown 0

Cody Dickson will make his eighth start of the season. He has pitched a total of 23.1 innings, allowing 15 hits, one homer and 11 walks. He has 28 strikeouts, an 0.76 GO/AO ratio and a .188 BAA. In his last start, he threw five no-hit innings. Dickson issued one walk and faced the minimum. In his previous outing, he threw four shutout innings. He struck out a season-high six batters in his pro debut, when he threw three no-hit innings.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (17-18) vs GCL Astros (17-16) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Blake Taylor (0-1, 1.13)
Yesterday’s Result: Astros 18, Pirates 6 in 5 innings

Blake Taylor will make his fourth pro start today. He has pitched eight innings, giving up just two hits, two walks and one run, while striking out four batters. Taylor was the Pirates second round draft pick this year.

DSL: Pirates1 (29-22) vs Angels (24-27) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates1 5, Angels 4

DSL: Pirates2 (28-22) vs Yankees1 (28-21) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result:  Yankees1 6, Pirates2 4(game one) Yankees1 4, Pirates2 2 (game two)

Recent Transactions

7/29 Justin Maffei promoted to Jamestown. Henrry Rosario moved from DSL to GCL.

7/29 Gift Ngoepe activated from Temporary Inactive List and added to Bradenton roster.

7/28 Tony Sanchez promoted to majors. Ali Solis promoted to Indianapolis.

7/28 Casey Sadler activated from Altoona disabled list.

7/27 David Bromberg and Ethan Hollingsworth promoted to Indianapolis. Ali Solis and Zack Thornton assigned to Altoona.

7/27 Thomas Harlan assigned to West Virginia roster. Matt Benedict activated from disabled list.

7/27 Andy Otamendi added to Jamestown roster.

7/26 Orlando Castro activated from disabled list.

7/25 Tyler Waldron added to Bradenton roster on rehab.

7/25 Barrett Barnes placed on disabled list.

7/24 Chase d’Arnaud activated from disabled list. Jeff Larish placed on Indianapolis disabled list.

7/24 Ali Solis promoted to Indianapolis. Miguel Perez activated from Altoona disabled list.

7/20 Dan Cervette assigned to Bradenton roster. Andy Otamendi sent to GCL Pirates.

7/19 Neil Walker assigned to Indianapolis on rehab assignment.

7/19 Beau Wallace assigned to GCL Pirates.

7/18 Pirates release Jose Contreras. Atahualpa Severino activated from Temporary Inactive List

7/17 Andy Otamendi assigned to Bradenton. Matt Benedict placed on disabled list.

7/17 Ryan Beckman promoted to Altoona. Oderman Rocha assigned to Bradenton roster

7/17 Luis Urena promoted to West Virginia. Jimmy Rider assigned to Jamestown.

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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