Billy Roth makes his first start of 2014 today.

Minor League Schedule: Pimentel Gets Start Tonight in Indianapolis

The minor league season is winding down and there is a chance that five Pirates affiliates could make the playoffs. The DSL Pirates2 made the playoffs on Friday, Indianapolis clinched Saturday night and the other three still have some work to do. Bradenton has a doubleheader today. West Virginia is off today. The GCL Pirates had off yesterday. The DSL regular season ended Saturday and their playoffs begin today. 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.

 Roth hasn't allowed more than one run in a start

Roth hasn’t allowed more than one run in a start

AAA: Indianapolis (77-59) vs Toledo (57-79) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Stolmy Pimentel (2-5, 3.03)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 8, Rochester 5 in 10 innings

Stolmy Pimentel will get his 14th start for Indianapolis tonight. He also made 13 starts for Altoona earlier in the season, going 4-3, 3.61 in 77.1 innings. With Indianapolis, he has thrown 163.1 innings, giving up 140 hits, 14 homers and 55 walks. Pimentel has 122 strikeouts, a 1.16 GO/AO ratio and a .231 BAA. In his last start, he threw seven shutout innings, giving up four hits and a walk, while striking out six batters.

AA: Altoona (60-73) @ Harrisburg (71-63) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (3-3, 6.59)
Yesterday’s Result: Richmond 3, Altoona 0 (game recap)

Nate Baker will get his sixth start of the season. He has also pitched 31 times in relief. As a starter, he is 1-2, 6.26 in 27.1 innings. Baker has thrown a total of 68.1 innings this year, allowing 79 hits, eight homers and 41 walks. He has 58 strikeouts, a 1.04 GO/AO ratio and a .294 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, allowing seven runs on 11 hits and three walks.

High-A: Bradenton (53-72 overall, 27-30 2nd half) @ Jupiter (65-65) 5:05pm DH
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (4-10, 4.94) and Joan Montero (3-6, 3.39)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 2, Palm Beach 1 in 11 innings

Robby Rowland will get the start today, his 23rd of the year. He has also pitched three times in relief. Rowland has thrown a total of 116.2 innings, allowing 120 hits, ten homers and 45 walks. He has 61 strikeouts, a 1.25 GO/AO ratio and a .268 BAA. He last outing was a relief appearance in which he threw a scoreless inning. In his last start, Rowland gave up one unearned run in 6.2 innings. Joan Montero will get the start in game two, his second start of the season. In his first start, he threw five shutout innings, allowing just two hits and no walks. He has thrown 58.1 innings on the season, walking 32, striking out 45, posting a 1.89 GO/AO ratio and he has a .253 BAA.

Low-A: West Virginia (76-57 overall, 39-24 2nd half) vs Asheville (61-69) 7:05pm 8/27
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (4-4, 2.80)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 4, Savannah  3

West Virginia has off today. They are currently tied for first place in the chase for the second half title. They could also win a playoff spot by finishing second in the overall standings. They are 2.5 games ahead of Hickory for second place.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (39-25) vs Mahoning Valley (25-39) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Isaac Sanchez (1-1, 3.60)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 4, Williamsport 1

Isaac Sanchez will get the start tonight for Jamestown. In 12 games(11 starts), he has pitched 50 innings, allowing 45 hits, four homers and 20 walks. He has 43 strikeouts, a 1.93 GO/AO ratio and a .238 BAA. In his last start, he went four innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. Sanchez pitched three shutout innings out of the bullpen on Thursday.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (29-26) vs GCL Blue Jays (27-29) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Billy Roth (0-1, 1.13)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off yesterday

Billy Roth will make his sixth start of the season today. He has thrown a total of 16 innings, allowing ten hits, no homers and six walks. Roth has eight strikeouts and a .189 BAA. In his last start, he threw four shutout innings for the second straight outing. Roth faced the Blue Jays in his pro debut and threw two shutout innings.

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

DSL: Pirates2 (46-26) @ Tigers (49-22) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 were off yesterday

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 Valestene 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.

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

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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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