Heredia has struggled against Hickory this year(Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

Minor League Schedule: Heredia Looks To Continue Strong Start To Season

Luis Heredia will take the mound for the fourth time this season, looking to pick up his second win. Indianapolis has an early afternoon start today. Altoona is now on their All-Star break. They will resume play on Thursday.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.

Heredia threw five shutout innings in his season debut (Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

Heredia threw five shutout innings in his season debut (Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

AAA: Indianapolis (59-34) @ Columbus (41-51) 12:05pm
Probable starter: Andy Oliver (5-2, 3.12)
Yesterday’s Result: Columbus 4, Indianapolis 0

Andy Oliver will make his 19th start of the season this afternoon. He has pitched a total of 95.1 innings, allowing 69 hits, four homers and 81 walks. Oliver has struck out 101 batters, while posting a 1.19 GO/AO ratio and a .205 BAA. In his last start, he threw 6.2 shutout innings, giving up four hits, four walks and he had six strikeouts. Oliver leads the International League in walks with 24 more than the second worst total. He also leads the league in strikeouts, five more than the second best total.

AA: Altoona (39-50) @ Akron (44-46) 7:05pm 7/11
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (1-2, 6.14)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was off

Altoona is currently on their All-Star break. They resume play on Thursday. The Curve are in last place in their division, trailing first place Harrisburg by ten games.

High-A: Bradenton (32-54 overall, 6-12 2nd half) @ Palm Beach (40-46) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (3-5, 5.75)
Yesterday’s Result: Palm Beach 6, Bradenton 2

Adrian Sampson will make his 16th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. Sampson has pitched a total of 83 innings, allowing 110 hits, which is the highest total in the organization. He has given up 16 homers, which is also the highest total among Pirates pitchers. Sampson has 14 walks, 49 strikeouts, a 1.16 GO/AO ratio and a .318 BAA. He lasted just four innings in his last start, giving up six runs on nine hits, three were home runs. Sampson’s previous start was against Palm Beach. He went 5.2 innings, allowing five runs on ten hits.

Low-A: West Virginia (46-41 overall, 9-8 2nd half) @ Kannapolis (34-52) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Luis Heredia (1-1, 1.93)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 3, Kannapolis 1

Luis Heredia will make his fourth start of the season tonight. In his first outing, he threw five shutout innings, allowing one hit and four walks, while striking out five batters. In his second outing, Heredia gave up two runs over four innings. A recap of that game can be found here. In his last outing, he allowed one run over five innings, giving up three hits and three walks, while striking out two batters. He has an 0.75 GO/AO ratio and a .208 BAA.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (14-8) @ Hudson Valley (13-10) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Cody Dickson (0-0, 4.91)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 5, Batavia 2

Cody Dickson will make his fifth start tonight. He had a start that was suspended due to rain on 6/25 and the stats from that game don’t officially count yet. In his other three starts, he has pitched 7.1 innings, allowing seven hits, no homers, three walks and he has 14 strikeouts. In his last start, he threw two shutout innings before rain suspended that game until the next day.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (8-8) vs GCL Blue Jays (8-7) 12:00pm 7/11
Probable Starter:  Jon Sandfort (1-0, 1.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 9, Blue Jays 8

Jon Sandfort will make his second start of the season tomorrow. He has also pitched once in relief. In his lone start five days ago, Sandfort threw four innings without allowing a hit or walk and he struck out six batters. He hit one batter in that game. In his season opener, which came out of the bullpen, he threw three scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, no walks and struck out three batters. Sandfort was a third round draft last year. He pitched 15 innings in the GCL last season, allowing 11 hits, ten walks and he struck out seven batters. He had an 0-1, 4.80 record.

DSL: Pirates1 (17-15) vs Marlins (12-21) 10:30am 7/11
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates1 were postponed

DSL: Pirates2 (15-16) vs Mets1 (16-16) 10:30am 7/11
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2  were postponed

Recent Transactions

7/8 Chase d’Arnaud and Brett Carroll placed on Indianapolis DL. Jerry Sands activated from DL.

7/4 Released Eric Avila, Yhonathan Herrand, Chris Lashmet, Jesus Vasquez and Jodaneli Carvajal

7/4 DJ Crumlich, Ashley Ponce promoted to Bradenton. Jimmy Rider promoted to West Virginia.

7/4 Chris Diaz activated from West Virginia disabled list.

7/1 Casey Sadler placed on disabled list. Mel Rojas activated from Altoona disabled list.

7/1 John Kuchno added to West Virginia roster. Pat Ludwig promoted to Bradenton.

7/1 Colten Brewer placed on disabled list.

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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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