Jon Sandfort has the potential for a mid-90s fastball with movement and good command, along with a great curve and a good changeup.

Minor League Schedule: Kingham and Pimentel Take the Hill Tonight

Friday night will see a couple quality pitchers at the top of the organization go in road starts, with Stolmy Pimentel and Nick Kingham taking the mound. Jason Creasy goes for West Virginia, trying to continue his recent hot streak. The GCL Pirates had their game rained out yesterday. It will be made up at a later date. 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 will try again today to make his second start

AAA: Indianapolis (59-35) @ Louisville (48-48) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Stolmy Pimentel (1-1, 3.48)
Yesterday’s Result: Louisville 3, Indianapolis 2

Stolmy Pimentel will make his sixth start for Indianapolis. He has pitched well three times and had two poor outings. In his last start, he gave up four runs on nine hits in six innings. He faced Louisville in his previous outing, allowing one run on two hits in seven innings. Pimentel was 4-3, 3.61 in 13 starts for Altoona before being promoted to AAA. Between both stops, he has pitched a total of 108.1 innings, allowing 99 hits, 11 homers and 45 walks. He has 86 strikeouts, a 1.17 GO/AO ratio and a .243 BAA.

AA: Altoona (40-50) @ Akron (44-47) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-2, 3.86)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 7, Akron 0

Nick Kingham will make his fifth start for Altoona tonight. He has one game suspended early due to rain, plus pitched in relief during the completion of another suspended game. Kingham made 13 starts for Bradenton before being promoted to AA, posting a 6-3, 3.09 record. On the year, he has thrown 95.2 innings, allowing 76 hits, five homers and 20 walks. He has 99 strikeouts, a 0.93 GO/AO ratio and a .215 BAA. In his last start, Kingham went seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out five batters.

High-A: Bradenton (32-56 overall, 6-14 2nd half) @ Tampa (36-49) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (3-6, 4.61)
Yesterday’s Result: Palm Beach 5, Bradenton 0

Robby Rowland will make his 16th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched twice in relief. On the year, he has thrown 80 innings, allowing 79 hits, seven homers and 33 walks. He has 39 strikeouts, a 1.41 GO/AO ratio and a .262 BAA. In his last game, which came in relief, he threw six innings, giving up one earned run on two hits and two walks. He has not struck out more than four batters in any of his last ten appearances. Rowland faced Tampa on 5/21, allowing five runs(four earned) in five innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (48-41 overall, 11-8 2nd half) @ Asheville (47-40) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (2-1, 3.09)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 4, Kannapolis 0 (game one) West Virginia 4, Kannapolis 3 (game two)

Jason Creasy will get his 6th start of the season. He has also pitched 18 times in relief. As a starter, he is 0-1, 2.61 in 20.2 innings. In his last 14.2 innings(three starts), he has given up just one run on 11 hits. On the road this season, Creasy is 1-0, 3.65 in 24.2 innings. On the year, he has struck out 53 batters in 58.1 innings, holding hitters to a .269 BAA and posting a 1.23 GO/AO ratio.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (16-8) @ Hudson Valley (13-12) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Jackson Lodge (2-0, 4.05)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 5, Hudson Valley 2

No starter has been named for Jamestown tonight. Jackson Lodge is next up in the rotation. If he makes the start, it will be his fourth of the season. He has also pitched once in relief.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (8-8) vs GCL Phillies (4-11) 12:00pm
Probable Starter:  Jon Sandfort (1-0, 1.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were rained out

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 (17-16) vs Marlins (13-21) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Marlins 4, Pirates1 2

DSL: Pirates2 (16-16) vs Mets1 (16-17) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2  4, Mets1 2

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.

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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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