Minor League Schedule: Rodriguez Looks For First Win With Bradenton

West Virginia was rained out last night. They play Savannah again in late August and will make up the game then. Both DSL affiliates are off for the next two days while the league breaks for it’s All-Star game on Sunday. 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.

Brandon Cumpton

Brandon Cumpton hasn’t won since late May

AAA: Indianapolis (61-40) @ Gwinnett (43-57) 7:05pm
Probable starter:  Brandon Cumpton (4-5, 3.53)
Yesterday’s Result: Gwinnett 4, Indianapolis 3

Brandon Cumpton will make his 19th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief for Indianapolis. Cumpton has started 13 times for Indianapolis, three times for the Pirates and twice for Altoona. In AAA, he has thrown 81.2 innings, allowing 78 hits, four homers and 29 walks. He has 62 strikeouts, a 2.62 GO/AO ratio and a .255 BAA. In his last start, he gave up one run over six innings, allowing five hits and two walks.

AA: Altoona (45-53) vs Erie (49-48) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Ethan Hollingsworth (6-4, 3.19)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 7, Erie 4

Ethan Hollingsworth will get his seventh start of the season tonight. He has also pitched 15 times in relief. As a starter, he is 3-2, 2.62 in 34.1 innings, with a .185 BAA. In his last ten appearances, Hollingsworth has a 1.59 ERA in 39.2 innings, with a .148 BAA. In his last start, he went seven innings, giving up four runs(three earned) on five hits and two walks.

High-A: Bradenton (34-61 overall, 8-19 2nd half) vs Clearwater (47-45) 6:30pm 
Probable starter:  Joely Rodriguez (0-3, 2.86)
Yesterday’s Result: Clearwater 4, Bradenton 3 (game one) Bradenton 10, Clearwater 1 (game two)

Joely Rodriguez will make his sixth start for Bradenton tonight. He began the season with West Virginia, where he went 5-5, 2.72 in 14 starts. On the season, he has pitched a total of 101 innings, allowing 106 hits, five homers and 29 walks. Rodriguez has 69 strikeouts, a 2.23 GO/AO ratio and a .275 BAA. In his last start, he went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks. Three of his five starts with Bradenton have come against Charlotte.

Low-A: West Virginia (51-44 overall, 14-11 2nd half) vs Kannapolis (39-57) 7:05pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (4-4, 4.65)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was rained out

John Kuchno will get his 15th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched twice in relief. Kuchno has thrown a total of 79.1 innings, allowing 88 hits, four homers and 31 walks. He has 55 strikeouts, a 2.21 GO/AO ratio and a .288 BAA. In his last start, he threw seven shutout innings, giving up four hits, one walk and he struck out four batters. Kuchno has a 6.10 ERA in 38.1 innings at home this year. On the road, his ERA is 3.29 in 41 innings.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (19-12) vs Aberdeen (16-14) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (2-2, 3.65)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 10, Connecticut 9 in 10 innings

Dovydas Neverauskas will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has pitched 24.2 innings, allowing 22 hits, two homers, seven walks. He has 13 walks, a 1.19 GO/AO ratio and a .242 BAA. In his last start, he threw five shutout innings,  giving up three hits and one walk, while striking out four batters. At home, Neverauskas is 1-1, 5.00 in two starts.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (12-12) vs GCL Tigers (15-8) 10:00am
Probable Starter: Cesilio Pimentel (0-1, 4.97)
Yesterday’s Result: Tigers 4, Pirates 1

Cesilio Pimentel will get the start today for the GCL Pirates, his fifth start of the season. He gave up five runs on five hits and a walk in three innings on Monday. Prior to that start, he had allowed just two earned runs over his first 9.2 innings. In 12.2 innings, he has 12 strikeouts and a .232 BAA.

DSL: Pirates1 (25-16) vs Rockies (21-19) 10:30am 7/22
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates1 3, Mets2 2 in 11 innings

DSL: Pirates2 (21-19) vs Orioles2 (16-23) 10:30am 7/22
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 7, Rojos 1

Recent Transactions

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.

7/17  Jared Hughes assigned to Altoona on rehab.

7/14 Atahualpa Severino placed on Temporary Inactive List

7/14 Zack Thornton promoted to Indianapolis. Oscar Tejeda assigned to Altoona.

7/14 Thomas Harlan promoted to Bradenton. Cesar Lopez added to West Virginia roster.

7/12 Russ Canzler acquired in trade for Tim Alderson. Canzler assigned to Indianapolis.

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.

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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