Minor League Schedule: Holmes and Sandfort Lead Full Slate On Thursday

Indianapolis had their game against Columbus suspended in the 13th inning with the score tied at four runs apiece. The two teams will complete that game prior to Saturday’s meeting in Indianapolis. West Virginia’s game was suspended in the third inning. They will complete that game today, then play their regularly scheduled game, which will now be seven innings. Altoona returns from their All-Star break today. Both DSL teams had their games postponed by rain yesterday. 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.

Sandfort has shown improvements lately with his command, along with a slight increase in velocity.

Sandfort has shown improvements lately with his command, along with a slight increase in velocity.

AAA: Indianapolis (59-34) @ Louisville (47-48) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kris Johnson (8-4, 2.86)
Yesterday’s Result: Columbus 4, Indianapolis 4 in 13 innings- suspended

Kris Johnson will make his 15th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched five times in relief. As a starter, he is 8-3, 2.58 in 83.2 innings. On the year, he has 70 strikeouts, a 1.51 GO/AO ratio and a .244 BAA. In his last start, Johnson went seven innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, no walks and six strikeouts. His previous start was against this same Louisville team. He went seven innings in that game, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk. That game was his only loss in his last ten appearances.

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

Eliecer Navarro will make his fifth start for Altoona tonight. Prior to joining the Curve, he was 1-9, 2.86 in 11 starts and two relief appearances for Bradenton. Between both stops, Navarro has pitched 91.1 innings, allowing 87 hits, seven homers and 24 walks. He has 78 strikeouts, an 0.79 GO/AO ratio and a .243 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks.

High-A: Bradenton (32-55 overall, 6-13 2nd half) @ Palm Beach (41-46) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (1-6, 5.19)
Yesterday’s Result: Palm Beach 4, Bradenton 2

Zack Dodson will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. On the year, he has thrown 60.2 innings, allowing 69 hits, seven homers and 22 walks. Dodson has 28 strikeouts, a 1.08 GO/AO ratio and a .277 BAA. In his last start, he went 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks. He faced this same Palm Beach team in his previous start, going five innings, with five runs allowed on five hits and four walks.

Low-A: West Virginia (46-41 overall, 9-8 2nd half) @ Kannapolis (34-52) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Clay Holmes (2-5, 4.89)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was suspended in the third inning

Clay Holmes will make his 18th start of the season tonight. He has pitched 77.1 innings this year, allowing 72 hits, five homers and 51 walks. He has 49 strikeouts, a 1.68 GO/AO ratio and a .253 BAA. In his last start, Holmes went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks. Despite the high ERA and poor record, he has looked good at times recently, giving up two runs or less in seven of his last ten starts.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (15-8) @ Hudson Valley (13-11) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Chad Kuhl (0-0, 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 8, Hudson Valley 4

No starter has been named for Jamestown tonight. Chad Kuhl started five days ago and is next up in the rotation. If he makes the start, it will be his third of the season. In each of his first two starts, he threw three shutout innings, giving up one walk and one hit in each game.

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

Jon Sandfort will make his second start of the season today. He will actually follow a rehab outing from Jared Hughes, who will likely go one inning. Sandfort has also pitched once in relief. In his lone start five days ago, he 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
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates1 were postponed

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

Recent Transactions

7/10 Brian Bocock acquired from Nationals and assigned to Indianapolis. Ivan De Jesus placed on Bereavement List

7/10 Oscar Tejeda promoted to Indianapolis

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.

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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  • BuccosFanStuckinMD

    IMHO,……Gourley and Harlan have earned promotions up to Bradenton – and Bell should be considered as well (although I would hold him back until later in the month, just to see if he surges…he has seemingly not hit a HR in a long time, although his average is decent and he’s hitting a lot of doubles)….

    I am also beginning to think that Lambo deserves a shot in RF soon – at least as part of a platoon with Tabata, just to see what we have with him….he is hitting just as well at AAA as he did at AA – maybe even better.