Minor League Schedule: Heredia Tries to Keep Power Ahead in Playoff Race

Minor League Schedule: Heredia Tries to Keep Power Ahead in Playoff Race
John Dreker

The West Virginia Power season is winding down and they are just a 1/2 game ahead in the playoff standings. Tonight they will call on Luis Heredia to help them stay ahead of Hickory for that last playoff spot. Bradenton was rained out yesterday. The game will be made up on the road next week when the two teams meet again. The DSL regular season ends tomorrow. 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 hasn't pitched well on the road this year (Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

Heredia hasn’t pitched well on the road this year (Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

AAA: Indianapolis (74-59) @ Rochester (72-61) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (6-7, 3.55)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6, Rochester 1

Brandon Cumpton will get his 18th start for Indianapolis tonight. He has also made four starts for the Pirates, pitched twice in relief for Indianapolis and he made two early season starts for Altoona. For Indianapolis, Cumpton has thrown 111.2 innings, allowing 105 hits, six homers and 40 walks. He has 81 strikeouts, a 2.62 GO/AO ratio and a .253 BAA. In his last start, he went eight innings, allowing just an unearned run on six hits and two walks. This will be his sixth straight road start for Indianapolis.

AA: Altoona (58-70) @ Richmond (66-64) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (10-7, 3.41)
Yesterday’s Result: Richmond 9, Altoona  7 (game story)

Casey Sadler will get his 23rd start of the season tonight. He has thrown 124 innings, allowing 110 hits, 11 homers and 38 walks. He has 65 strikeouts, a 1.74 GO/AO ratio and a .242 BAA. Sadler went seven innings in his last start, allowing three runs(two earned) on four hits and two walks. He got roughed up in his previous outing, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk in four innings.

High-A: Bradenton (52-70 overall, 26-28 2nd half) @ Palm Beach (59-66) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (6-8, 4.80)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was rained out

Zack Dodson will get his 19th start for Bradenton tonight. He has pitched once in relief and also made a spot start for Altoona. For Bradenton, he has thrown 99.1 innings, surrendering 104 hits, 11 homers and 35 walks. He has 46 strikeouts, a 1.22 GO/AO ratio and a .262 BAA. In his last start, Dodson went five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk. In his prior outing, he threw seven no-hit innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (73-56 overall, 36-23 2nd half) @ Savannah (71-54) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Luis Heredia (4-3, 3.42)
Yesterday’s Result: Charleston 5, West Virginia 4

Luis Heredia will make his 12th appearance for West Virginia tonight. He has thrown 50 innings, allowing 38 hits, five homers and 29 walks. Heredia has 40 strikeouts, an 0.67 GO/AO ratio and a .215 BAA. In his last start, he allowed three runs on four hits and two walks in 4.2 innings. He struck out a season-high six batters in that game. Heredia has pitched much better at home this season, going 3-0, 1.82 in five starts, as opposed to 1-3, 4.97 on the road.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (37-24) @ Williamsport (29-31) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (4-3, 4.02)
Yesterday’s Result: Mahoning Valley 3, Jamestown 2

Dovydas Neverauskas will make his 13th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 47 innings, allowing 42 hits, five homers and 14 walks. He has 29 strikeouts, a 1.47 GO/AO ratio and a .240 BAA. In his last start, he went 5.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits and a walk. It was his longest outing of the season. In his previous outing, he lasted just one inning, giving up six runs. Neverauskas faced Williamsport on 7/26, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks in four innings.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (28-26) vs GCL Yankees1 (26-28) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Jonathan Sandfort (2-2, 4.68)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 7, Tigers 5

Jonathan Sandfort will make his ninth start of the season. He has also pitched once in relief. He has thrown a total of 32.2 innings, allowing 33 hits, three homers and 13 walks. Sandfort has 32 strikeouts, a 2.26 GO/AO ratio and a .268 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks. His worst outing this season came against today’s opponent. On 7/24, he allowed four runs on six hits in two innings against the Yankees1.

DSL: Pirates1 (39-30) vs Rockies (31-36) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates1 2, Mets2 1

DSL: Pirates2 (45-24) vs Orioles2 (31-37) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 12, Rojos 2

Recent Transactions

8/20 John Kuchno added to West Virginia roster from Jamestown. Francisco Aponte sent to Jamestown.

8/19 James McDonald assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.

8/19 Travis Snider assigned to Altoona on rehab.

8/19 Wyatt Mathisen assigned to Jamestown on rehab.

8/17 Candon Myles promoted to Jamestown.

8/16 Eric Wood placed on disabled list. Francisco Aponte promoted to West Virginia. Adam Landecker promoted to Jamestown.

8/15 Ali Solis sent to Altoona from Indianapolis.

8/15 John Kuchno sent to Jamestown. Jimmy Rider added to West Virginia roster.

8/15 Tyler Waldron promoted to Altoona. Kirk Singer added to Bradenton roster

8/11 Francisco Aponte activated from Jamestown disabled list.

8/11 Kenn Kasparek activated from Altoona disabled list. Ethan Hollingsworth placed on disabled list.

8/8 Kurt Yacko placed on disabled list.

8/7 Zack Dodson returned to Bradenton roster.

8/6 Zack Dodson promoted to Altoona. Kenn Kasparek placed on disabled list.

8/5 Jameson Taillon promoted to Indianapolis. Ethan Hollingsworth sent to Altoona.

8/3 Vic Black sent to Indianapolis. David Bromberg sent to Altoona

8/3 Robert Andino added to Indianapolis roster. Jeff Larish released

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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