Minor League Schedule: Kingham Goes For Altoona Tonight

Minor League Schedule: Kingham Goes For Altoona Tonight
John Dreker

Nick Kingham will get the start tonight for Altoona, coming off his last outing, which was cut short by rain. The Jamestown game was suspended in the third inning with the Jammers up 1-0 over Auburn. The game will be completed before the start of today’s regularly scheduled game. 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.

Nick Kingham gets his fourth start for Altoona tonight

Nick Kingham gets his fourth start for Altoona tonight

AAA: Indianapolis (58-32) @ Toledo (36-54) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Atahualpa Severino (0-0, 2.87)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 4, Toledo 2

Atahualpa Severino will get the start for Indianapolis tonight. This will be his first start since 2007, when he was in the GCL, playing in the Nationals organization. He has made 11 appearances for Indianapolis this year, throwing 15.2 innings. Severino has allowed 19 hits, three homers, seven walks and he has 16 strikeouts. His longest outing was his last appearance six days ago, when he threw 3.2 innings.

AA: Altoona (39-47) vs Erie (43-42) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-1, 3.38)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 7, Erie 6

Nick Kingham will get his fourth start for Altoona tonight. He also pitched in relief once, finishing the end of a game that was suspended by rain. His last start was interrupted by rain. Five days ago, he pitched to two batters, before his day came to an end. He has 19 strikeouts and a .221 BAA in 18.2 innings for Altoona. With Bradenton, he was 6-3, 3.09 in 13 starts. Kingham pitched 70 innings there, allowing 55 hits, six homers and 14 walks. At the time of his promotion, he was leading the Florida State League with 75 strikeouts. He has 94 strikeouts on the year, third highest total in the organization.

High-A: Bradenton (31-51 overall, 5-9 2nd half) vs Charlotte (38-44) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (1-6, 5.07)
Yesterday’s Result: Ft Myers 7, Bradenton 3

Zack Dodson will make his 11th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. On the year, he has thrown a total of 55 innings, allowing 63 hits, seven homers and 20 walks. Dodson has 25 strikeouts, a 1.06 GO/AO ratio and a .279 BAA. In his last start, he allowed five runs over five innings, though two were unearned. He has had a tough time striking batters out recently, compiling just nine in his last seven starts combined.

Low-A: West Virginia (45-41 overall, 8-8 2nd half) vs Lexington (44-40) 7:05pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (3-4, 5.10)
Yesterday’s Result: Lexington 4, West Virginia 2

John Kuchno will make his 14th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched twice in relief. On the year, he has thrown 72.1 innings, allowing 84 hits, four homers and 30 walks. Kuchno has 51 strikeouts, a 2.16 GO/AO ratio and a .297 BAA. In his last start, he went six innings, allowing five runs on 11 hits against Hagerstown. He faced Lexington in back-to-back starts in early May, giving up six runs over eight innings the first time, followed by 4.2 shutout innings seven days later.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (10-6) @ Auburn (6-10) 6:05pm
Probable Starter: Jackson Lodge (1-0, 4.50)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown was suspended

Jackson Lodge will get his third start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. In his last start, he went five shutout innings, allowing six hits, no walks and he had two strikeouts. In his first start, Lodge gave up two runs on four hits and no walks over five innings. He threw four innings of relief in his season debut, allowing five runs on six hits, two were home runs. Lodge has some of the best control in the system, allowing a combined seven walks over three seasons, a total of 81.1 innings.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (6-6) vs GCL Braves (4-5) 10:00am
Probable Starter: Adrian Grullon (0-0, 2.45)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 4, Braves 3 in 7 innings

Adrian Grullon will make his third start of the season this morning. In his first outing, he threw four shutout innings, allowing two hits, walking none and he struck out seven batters. In his last start, he allowed just one hit over 3.1 innings, but gave up two walks that led to two runs. In 7.1 innings, he has nine strikeouts and ten outs on groundballs.

DSL: Pirates1 (16-13) vs Rangers (22-8) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Rockies 8, Pirates1 2

DSL: Pirates2 (15-13) vs Nationals (15-13) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Orioles2 5, Pirates2 2

Recent Transactions

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.

6/29 Bradenton places Zack Von Rosenberg and Alen Hanson on disabled list. Kirk Singer added to roster.

6/28 Zack Thornton sent to Altoona and Ali Solis sent to Altoona. Duke Welker, Oscar Tejeda and Tony Sanchez sent to Indianapolis.

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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