Minor League Schedule: Heredia Tries to Push West Virginia Closer to Playoff Spot

West Virginia will send Luis Heredia to the mound tonight with six games left in their season and a four game lead for the final playoff spot. The GCL Pirates won their division yesterday. The GCL regular season ends Thursday. The DSL regular season ended Saturday and their playoffs began Monday. The Pirates2 need to win today to move on to the second round. 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 threw five shutout innings last time out (Photo Credit: Robin Black)

Heredia threw five shutout innings last time out (Photo Credit: Robin Black)

AAA: Indianapolis (77-61) vs Toledo (59-79) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (6-7, 3.52)
Yesterday’s Result: Toledo 6, Indianapolis 2

Brandon Cumpton will make his 19th start for Indianapolis tonight. He has also pitched twice in relief. Cumpton has also started four times for the Pirates and twice for Altoona. For Indianapolis, he has thrown 115 innings, allowing 113 hits, six homers and 42 walks. He has 84 strikeouts, a 2.56 GO/AO ratio and a .261 BAA. In his last start, he went 3.1 innings, allowing two runs(one earned) on eight hits and two walks. He faced Toledo on August 11th, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks.

AA: Altoona (60-75) @ Harrisburg (73-63) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Quinton Miller (1-4, 4.07)
Yesterday’s Result: Harrisburg 6, Altoona 3

Quinton Miller will get his second start of the season. He has pitched 28 times in relief for Altoona and another ten for Bradenton. Miller went four innings in his only start, allowing one run on four hits and a walk. He has pitched 48.2 innings for Altoona, allowing 44 hits, three homers and 31 walks. Miller has 39 strikeouts, a 1.22 GO/AO ratio and a .250 BAA. Since the All-Star break, he has a 3.04 ERA.

High-A: Bradenton (55-73 overall, 29-31 2nd half) @ Jupiter (66-67) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (6-8, 4.61)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 3, Jupiter 2

Zack Dodson will get his 20th start of the season for Bradenton tonight. He has also pitched once in relief and he made a spot start for Altoona. Dodson has pitched 105.1 innings for Bradenton, allowing 108 hits, 11 homers and 36 walks. He has 47 strikeouts, a 1.25 GO/AO ratio and a .260 BAA. In his last start, Dodson went six innings, giving up one run on four hits and a walk. Three starts ago, he threw seven no-hit innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (77-57 overall, 40-24 2nd half) vs Asheville (61-70) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Luis Heredia (5-3, 3.11)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 5, Asheville 2

Luis Heredia will make his 13th appearance tonight. He has thrown 55 innings, allowing 41 hits, five homers and 31 walks. Heredia has 46 strikeouts, an 0.78 GO/AO ratio and a .212 BAA. In his last start, he threw five shutout innings. He has thrown five shutout innings in three of his last four starts. Heredia’s worst outing of the year was his only relief outing, which came against Asheville. Starting the completion of a suspended game, he allowed eight runs on seven hits and four walks in 3.2 innings. In his 11 starts, he has a 1.93 ERA.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (41-25) vs Mahoning Valley (25-41) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (4-4, 4.53)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 8, Mahoning Valley 0 (game one) Jamestown 1, Mahoning Valley 0 (game two)

Dovydas Neverauskas will get his 14th start of the year. He has pitched 51.2 innings, giving up 47 hits, seven homers and 19 walks. He has 31 strikeouts, a 1.49 GO/AO ratio and a .245 BAA. In his last start, Neverauskas surrendered five runs on five hits and five walks in 4.2 innings. He has a 2.42 ERA at home and 6.14 on the road.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (32-26) vs GCL Phillies (29-29) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Neil Kozikowski  (1-1, 1.35)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5, Blue Jays 2

Neil Kozikowski will get the start today for the Pirates. He has pitched six games, five as a starter. In 20 innings, he has allowed 17 hits, one homer and three walks. Kozikowski has 11 strikeouts, a 1.33 GO/AO ratio and a .221 BAA. In his last start, he threw four shutout innings. It was his third straight appearance in which he threw shutout ball. His last game came in relief of James McDonald making a rehab start. Kozikowski pitched four innings, allowing three runs(one earned) on five hits and a walk. On July 30th, he allowed one run over three innings against the Phillies.

DSL: Pirates1 (40-31)
Yesterday’s Result: Season Complete

DSL: Pirates2 (46-26) @ Tigers (49-22) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 6, Tigers 5 (game recap)

Recent Transactions

8/24 Wyatt Mathisen activated from disabled list and added to Jamestown roster.

8/24 Kurt Yacko activated from disabled list. Kevin Kleis and David Valesente placed on disabled list

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. Jeff Roy placed on disabled list.

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.

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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