Heredia has struggled against Hickory this year(Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

Minor League Schedule: Sadler Looks to Stay Perfect on the Road

Luis Heredia goes today for West Virginia, coming off back-to-back shutout performances. Casey Sadler goes this afternoon in Erie. He hasn’t lost on the road or during the day this season. The GCL Pirates and both DSL affiliates are off today. 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.

Heredia has pitched shutout ball in each of his last two games (Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

Heredia has pitched shutout ball in each of his last two games (Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

AAA: Indianapolis (73-56) @ Syracuse (59-70) 5:00pm
Probable starter: Andy Oliver (5-4, 4.10)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 3, Syracuse 1

Kris Johnson was originally schedule to make this start, but has since been called up to the majors. Andy Oliver will rejoin the rotation for today, making his 21st start. He has also pitched five times in relief. Oliver has pitched 107.2 innings, allowing 84 hits, five homers and 103 walks. He has 118 strikeouts, a 1.17 GO/AO ratio and a .217 BAA. In his last start(July 18th), he was knocked out after 1.2 innings, giving up nine runs on five hits and five walks.

AA: Altoona (57-66) @ Erie (66-58) 1:35pm
Probable starter:  Casey Sadler (10-6, 3.46)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 7, Erie 0 (game one) Erie 4, Altoona 1 (game two)

Casey Sadler will make his 22nd start of the season this afternoon. He has thrown 117 innings, allowing 106 hits, 11 homers and 32 walks. He has 63 strikeouts, a 1.71 GO/AO ratio and a .246 BAA. In his last start, Sadler went four innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and a walk. In his three previous starts combined, he gave up four runs on eight hits in 17 innings. Sadler is a perfect 7-0 in his ten road starts. He is also 3-0 in five day games.

High-A: Bradenton (50-70 overall, 24-28 2nd half) vs Ft Myers (70-49) 5:00pm
Probable starter:  Adrian Sampson (4-7, 5.53)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 3, Ft Myers 2 in 12 innings

Adrian Sampson will get the start today for Bradenton. He has started 22 times and pitched once in relief, throwing a total of 123.2 innings. Sampson has allowed 162 hits, 17 homers and 21 walks. He has 78 strikeouts, a 1.11 GO/AO ratio and a .320 BAA. In his last start, he took the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings. He has shown excellent control all season, though his last two games have seen him issue five of those 21 walks he’s allowed.

Low-A: West Virginia (71-53 overall, 34-20 2nd half) vs Hickory (70-55) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Luis Heredia (4-3, 3.18)
Yesterday’s Result: Hickory 4, West Virginia 1

Luis Heredia will make his 11th appearance of the season for West Virginia. He has pitched 45.1 innings, allowing 34 hits, four homers and 27 walks. He has 34 strikeouts, an 0.61 GO/AO ratio and a .214 BAA. Heredia has pitched well in nine of his ten games, with the one poor game being the time he completed a suspended game and allowed eight runs in 3.2 innings. In his other nine games, he is 4-2, 1.73 in 41.2 innings, with a .191 BAA. In each of his last two starts, he threw five shutout innings. Heredia’s last outing was the first time this year that he didn’t walk a batter.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (33-22) vs Auburn (20-36) 4:05pm
Probable Starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (3-3, 4.32)
Yesterday’s Result: State College 5, Jamestown 3

Dovydas Neverauskas will make his 12th start of the season. He has pitched 41.2 innings, allowing 39 hits, five homers and 13 walks. He has 27 strikeouts, a 1.30 GO/AO ratio and a .250 BAA. In his last start, he lasted just one inning, giving up six runs on five hits and two walks. Prior to that, Neverauskas made seven straight starts without a loss. He has faced Auburn twice this season, allowing a total of seven runs on ten hits and four walks in nine innings.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (24-26) vs GCL Yankees2 (31-18) 12:00pm 8/19
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Astros 3, Pirates 2

The GCL Pirates are off today. They are currently one game behind the Phillies for first place in their division. The Pirates have ten games left, with the last two games coming against those first place Phillies.

DSL: Pirates1 (37-29) vs Yankees2 (14-51) 10:30am 8/19
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates1 3, Angels 1

DSL: Pirates2 (41-23) vs Cubs (44-19) 10:30am 8/19
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 12, Braves 5

Recent Transactions

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

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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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