Kris Johnson has been the best pitcher in the system this year.

Minor League Schedule: Kris Johnson Tries to Keep Impressive Streak Alive

In Indianapolis tonight, Kris Johnson will try for his 11th straight quality start. He has been the Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Month in the last two months and seems to be the early front runner for this month as well. Bradenton has a doubleheader today. Jamestown has off today for the NYPL All-Star 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.

Kris Johnson has been the best pitcher in the system this year.

Kris Johnson has been the best pitcher in the system this year.

AAA: Indianapolis (70-54) vs Columbus (59-64) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kris Johnson (10-4, 2.23)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis was off yesterday

Kris Johnson will make his 20th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched five times in relief. Johnson has made ten straight quality starts, always pitching better than the 6IP/3ER minimum. In his last five starts combined, he has allowed two runs over 35 innings. Johnson has pitched a total of 129.1 innings, allowing 108 hits, six homers and 37 walks. He has 90 strikeouts, a 1.83 GO/AO ratio and a .229 BAA.

AA: Altoona (55-64) vs Portland (57-62) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (10-5, 3.19)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was off yesterday

Casey Sadler will make his 21st start of the season tonight. He has pitched three times since returning from a right knee contusion that kept him out for a month. In his last start, he went six innings, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks. In his previous game, Sadler threw six shutout innings. He has thrown a total of 113 innings, allowing 98 hits, 11 homers and 31 walks. He has 62 strikeouts, a 1.74 GO/AO ratio and a .237 BAA. Sadler faced Portland on 6/2, allowing four runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings.

High-A: Bradenton (45-69 overall, 19-27 2nd half) vs Palm Beach (55-60) 5:00pm DH
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (4-6, 5.52) and Joan Montero (2-5, 3.68)
Yesterday’s Result: Charlotte 5, Bradenton 4 in 10 innings

Adrian Sampson will start game one of the doubleheader. Sampson will be making his 22nd start. He has also pitched once in relief. He has thrown a total of 117.1 innings, giving up 154 hits, 17 homers and 18 walks. Sampson has 75 strikeouts, a 1.08 GO/AO ratio and a .320 BAA. In his last start, he allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over five innings. He faced Palm Beach on 7/10, allowing three runs over six innings. Reliever Joan Montero will get a spot start in game two tonight. He has 35 appearances this year, all in relief. He has thrown 51.1 innings, allowing 54 hits, five homers and 27 walks. Montero has 43 strikeouts, a 1.85 GO/AO ratio and a .262 BAA.

Low-A: West Virginia (69-50 overall, 32-17 2nd half) vs Greensboro (54-62) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Luis Heredia (4-3, 3.57)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was off yesterday

Luis Heredia will make his tenth appearance of the season tonight. He has pitched 40.1 innings, allowing 30 hits, four homers and 27 walks. He has 31 strikeouts, an 0.62 GO/AO ratio and a .213 BAA. In his last start, which was covered here, he threw five shutout innings, giving up two hits and two walks. Heredia has just three home starts, going 3-0, 1.20 in 15 innings.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (32-20) @ Batavia (26-23) 7:05pm 8/14
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown was off yesterday

Jamestown is on their All-Star break. They are sending seven players to the All-Star game. Jamestown has the best record in the NYPL and they have a two game lead in their division over the Pirates old affiliate, State College.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (22-23) vs GCL Blue Jays (19-25) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Blake Taylor (0-1, 1.32)
Yesterday’s Result: Blue Jays 2, Pirates 1

Blake Taylor will make his sixth start of the season. He has pitched 13.2 innings, allowing four hits, no homers and five walks. He has six strikeouts, a 2.09 GO/AO ratio and an .093 BAA. In his last start, he went 2.2 innings, allowing three runs(one earned) on one hit and two walks. Taylor faced the Blue Jays on 7/26 and threw three no-hit innings.

DSL: Pirates1 (32-29) vs Phillies (34-27) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Phillies 12, Pirates1 3

DSL: Pirates2 (35-23) vs Cardinals (32-28) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 1, Cardinals 0

Recent Transactions

8/11 Francisco Aponte activated from Jamestown 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

7/29 Justin Maffei promoted to Jamestown. Henrry Rosario moved from DSL to GCL.

7/29 Gift Ngoepe activated from Temporary Inactive List and added to Bradenton roster.

7/28 Tony Sanchez promoted to majors. Ali Solis promoted to Indianapolis.

7/28 Casey Sadler activated from Altoona disabled list.

7/27 David Bromberg and Ethan Hollingsworth promoted to Indianapolis. Ali Solis and Zack Thornton assigned to Altoona.

7/27 Thomas Harlan assigned to West Virginia roster. Matt Benedict activated from disabled list.

7/27 Andy Otamendi added to Jamestown roster.

7/26 Orlando Castro activated from disabled list.

7/25 Tyler Waldron added to Bradenton roster on rehab.

7/25 Barrett Barnes 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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