Minor League Schedule: West Virginia Could Clinch Playoff Spot Tonight

Minor League Schedule: West Virginia Could Clinch Playoff Spot Tonight
John Dreker

A busy day on the schedule as both Bradenton and Jamestown will complete an earlier suspended game before they start their regularly scheduled game today. Jamestown has a huge series against the Pirates NYPL affiliate from last year, State College. The GCL season ends today and the Pirates affiliate will go on to the playoffs which begin on Saturday. The DSL Pirates2 saw their season end yesterday. A recap of the game can be found below. 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.

Haynes has pitched great at home this year

Haynes has pitched great at home this year

AAA: Indianapolis (78-61) vs Toledo (59-80) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Andy Oliver (5-4, 4.20)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 1, Toledo 0 in 10 innings

Andy Oliver will make his 23rd start of the season and third since returning to the starting role. He has pitched five times in relief. On the year, he has thrown a total of 115.2 innings, allowing 94 hits, five homers and a league leading 107 walks. He has 123 strikeouts, a 1.24 GO/AO ratio and a .225 BAA. In his last start, he went three innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks. The lefty Oliver has an odd split, holding righties to a .207 average, while left-handed batters are hitting .292 against him.

AA: Altoona (61-76) @ Harrisburg (74-63) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (11-7, 3.31)  Zack Thornton (1-1, 2.32)
Yesterday’s Result: Harrisburg 2, Altoona 0

Casey Sadler will get his 24th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 130.1 innings, allowing 116 hits, 11 homers and 42 walks. He has 67 strikeouts, a 1.74 GO/AO ratio and a .242 BAA. In his last start, he went 6.1 innings, giving up one run on six hits and four walks. On the road this season, he is 8-1, 2.61 in 12 starts, with a .206 BAA. In his only loss on the road, he gave up just two earned runs over seven innings.

High-A: Bradenton (55-74 overall, 29-32 2nd half) vs Ft Myers (76-54) 5:00pm DH
Probable starter: Emmanuel De Leon (3-2, 3.64)
Yesterday’s Result: Jupiter 5, Bradenton 4 in 10 innings

No starter has been named for today’s regularly schedule game yet, or the completion of the suspended game. We will update this article when a starter is announced.

Low-A: West Virginia (78-57 overall, 41-24 2nd half) vs Asheville (61-71) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kyle Haynes (1-4, 2.09)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 7, Asheville 1

Kyle Haynes will make his eighth start of the season. He has also pitched 33 times in relief. As a starter, he is 0-3, 1.31 in 34.1 innings, with 36 strikeouts and a .159 BAA. In his last start, Haynes went five innings, allowing three runs(all unearned) on three hits and five walks. His first start was on July 15th against Asheville. He went three innings, giving up one unearned run and striking out seven batters. He has a 1.24 ERA at home this season in 36.1 innings.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (41-26) @ State College (42-25) 6:00pm DH
Probable Starter: Jackson Lodge (4-3, 4.56)
Yesterday’s Result: Mahoning Valley 2, Jamestown 1

No starter has been named yet for today’s regularly scheduled game. Jamestown and State College are separated by one game in their division for first place. They will play each three times, then after a brief two game series, they will play three more times in Jamestown to end the season.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (32-27) vs GCL Phillies (30-29) 10:00am
Probable Starter: Jonathan Sandfort  (2-2, 4.95) Miguel Rosario (1-1, 3.61)
Yesterday’s Result: Phillies 7, Pirates 4

Jonathan Sandfort will make his tenth start today. He has also pitched once in relief. Sandfort has thrown a total of 36.1 innings, allowing 39 hits, three homers and 14 walks. He has 35 strikeouts, a 1.69 GO/AO ratio and a .281 BAA. In his last start, he went 3.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and one walk. He faced the Phillies on July 12th, giving up four runs over four innings.

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

DSL: Pirates2 (46-26)  
Yesterday’s Result: Tigers 2, Pirates 0 (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.

  • So much for getting to see Kingham start in Hbg. Sigh………..

    • John Dreker

      Kingham wasn’t sharp his last time out and his innings are getting up there, so they went with Sadler on normal rest and I assume Kingham pushed back a day for his last start of the season. They don’t have starters listed after today’s game.

      • John Dreker

        Man, hope you weren’t set on seeing Sadler. No idea where the Zack Thornton sighting came from, but he sure did pitch lights out tonight!

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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