The two top pitchers in the Pirates minor league system will take the mound tonight. Jameson Taillon will take the mound for Indianapolis for the third time, while Tyler Glasnow gets the start for West Virginia. Zack Dodson also goes for the first time since his seven no-hit innings last week. 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.
AAA: Indianapolis (72-55) vs Columbus (60-66) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (0-1, 5.25)
Yesterday’s Result: Columbus 4, Indianapolis 2
Jameson Taillon will make his third start for Indianapolis tonight. He went five innings in his AAA debut, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks. In his second outing, he lasted seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks. In his 12 innings, he has 13 strikeouts. With Altoona, he went 4-7, 3.67 in 20 games. While there, he threw 110.1 innings, allowing 112 hits, eight homers and 36 walks. Taillon had 106 strikeouts, a 1.38 GO/AO ratio and a .257 BAA.
AA: Altoona (56-64) @ Erie (64-57) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (3-1, 5.86)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 2, Portland 0
Nate Baker will get his fourth start of the season. He has also made 31 relief appearances. As a starter, Baker has gone 1-0, 3.63 in 17.1 innings. He gave up three runs over six innings in his last start, though he did walk six batters after allowing just two walks total over his previous 20.1 innings. On the year, Baker has a .261 BAA and has picked up 50 strikeouts in 58.1 innings.
High-A: Bradenton (48-70 overall, 22-28 2nd half) vs Ft Myers (70-47) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (5-8, 4.67)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 4, Palm Beach 1
Zack Dodson will make his 18th start for Bradenton this season. He has also pitched once in relief and made a spot start for Altoona last week. He gave up six runs on eight hits and four walks in four innings with the Curve. In his return game to Bradenton, Dodson threw seven no-hit innings, allowing three walks and he had five strikeouts. This season, he has thrown a total of 98.1 innings, allowing 105 hits, ten homers and 38 walks. He has 46 strikeouts, a 1.22 GO/AO ratio and a .269 BAA.
Low-A: West Virginia (70-52 overall, 33-19 2nd half) vs Hickory (68-54) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Tyler Glasnow (8-3, 2.50)
Yesterday’s Result: Greensboro 1, West Virginia 0
Tyler Glasnow will get his 22nd start of the season. He has thrown 97.1 innings, allowing 53 hits, nine homers and 51 walks. He has a West Virginia Power single season record of 140 strikeouts, while posting a 1.19 GO/AO ratio and a .157 BAA. In his last start, he had 12 strikeouts in five innings. Glasnow is being limited now in his innings, with just one start in the last 16 days. At home, he is 5-1, 1.89 in 11 starts.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (33-21) vs State College (31-22) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Shane Carle (1-0, 2.50)
Yesterday’s Result: Batavia 4, Jamestown 2
Shane Carle will make his third start of his career. He has also pitched ten times in relief. He went five innings in his last start, allowing one unearned run on four hits. In his first start, Carle allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk in four innings. On the year, he has thrown 39.2 innings, giving up 39 hits, two homers and three walks. He has 35 strikeouts, a 2.11 GO/AO ratio and a .253 BAA.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (23-25) vs GCL Astros (23-25) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Neil Kozikowski (0-1, 1.50)
Yesterday’s Result: Phillies 4, Pirates 3
Neil Kozikowski will make his fifth start of his pro career. He has thrown a total of 12 innings, allowing 11 hits, one homer and no walks. He has seven strikeouts, a 1.55 GO/AO ratio and a .239 BAA. In his last start, Kozikowski went four shutout innings, giving up two hits. He threw three shutout innings in his previous start.
DSL: Pirates1 (35-29) vs Angels (32-31) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates1 6, Marlins 1
DSL: Pirates2 (39-23) vs Braves (26-35) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 11, Mets1 10
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