Luis Heredia will pitch winter ball in Mexico this year. (Photo Credit: Nick Scala)

Minor League Schedule: Luis Heredia Goes For Third Straight Shutout

Half of the Pirates eight affiliates have now seen their season end with Bradenton playing their last game on Sunday afternoon. Three more teams will see their regular season end today, with only Jamestown having more games left. Indianapolis and West Virginia will each start their playoffs on Wednesday, while Jamestown still has a chance to win the NYPL Wildcard spot. 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. Three links on the Dominican Summer League season recap can be found here.

Heredia threw five shutout innings in each of the last two times out (Photo Credit: Robin Black)

Heredia threw five shutout innings in each of the last two times out (Photo Credit: Robin Black)

AAA: Indianapolis (80-63) vs Louisville (68-75) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Andy Oliver (5-4, 4.18)
Yesterday’s Result: Louisville 3, Indianapolis 0

Andy Oliver will make his 24th start of the season. He has also pitched five times in relief. Oliver will be going on short rest, so his pitch count might be limited. He has thrown a total of 120.2 innings, allowing 97 hits, six homers and 111 walks. Oliver has 131 strikeouts, a 1.26 GO/AO ratio and a .222 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out eight batters.

AA: Altoona (63-78) vs Akron (67-72) 12:00pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (4-7, 4.34)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 8, Akron 3

Eliecer Navarro will get his 15th start for Altoona today. He also made 11 starts and two relief appearances for Bradenton. On the year, he has thrown a total of 144 innings, giving up 136 hits, 12 homers and 37 walks. He has 117 strikeouts, an 0.69 GO/AO ratio and a .243 BAA. In his last start, he went 5.2 innings, giving up four runs(two earned) on ten hits and two walks. Since the All-Star break, he has a 3.59 ERA in ten starts.

High-A: Bradenton (57-77 overall, 31-35 2nd half)
Yesterday’s Result: Ft Myers 3, Bradenton 2 in 10 innings

The Bradenton Marauders season is over. They finished seven games back for the second half title and 21.5 games back in the overall standings. Alen Hanson led the team with a .281 batting average among regulars. Willy Garcia led the team with 16 homers and 60 RBI’s. Benji Gonzalez led with 27 steals. Hanson and Gregory Polanco each had 24 stolen bases. Nick Kingham and Zack Dodson led with six wins among pitchers. Adrian Sampson led with 85 strikeouts and 140 innings pitched.

Low-A: West Virginia (81-58 overall, 44-25 2nd half) @ Lexington (68-69) 12:05pm
Probable starter: Luis Heredia (6-3, 2.85)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 4, Lexington 3 (game one) West Virginia 1, Lexington 0 (game two)

Luis Heredia will make his 14th appearance of the season. He has thrown 60 innings, allowing 46 hits, five homers and 34 walks. He has 50 strikeouts, an 0.83 GO/AO ratio and a .217 BAA. In his last start, he went five shutout innings, allowing five hits and three walks. Heredia has thrown five shutout innings in four of his last five games. He faced Lexington on July 28th, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks in 4.2 innings.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (42-30) vs State College (46-26) 4:05pm
Probable Starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (4-4, 4.29)
Yesterday’s Result: Williamsport 3, Jamestown 2 in 10 innings

Dovydas Neverauskas will make his 15th start of the season tonight. He has pitched 56.2 innings, allowing 52 hits, eight homers and 20 walks. He has 36 strikeouts, a 1.47 GO/AO ratio and a .246 BAA. In his last start, he allowed one run on five hits and a walk in five innings. Neverauskas has a 2.30 ERA at home and 6.14 on the road.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (32-27)
Yesterday’s Result: Season Complete

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

DSL: Pirates2 (46-26)  
Yesterday’s Result: Season Complete

Recent Transactions

9/1 Jerry Mulderig added to Jamestown roster. Kurt Yacko assigned to GCL roster.

8/31 Gregory Polanco promoted to Indianapolis.

8/31 Devin Ivany assigned to Bradenton. Dan Cevette assigned to Altoona.

8/30 Reese McGuire and Austin Meadows promoted to Jamestown. Wyatt Mathisen and Justin Maffei assigned to GCL roster.

8/30 Casey Sadler promoted to Indianapolis.

8/28 Carlos Paulino promoted to Indianapolis.

8/28 Eric Wood activated from disabled list.

8/28 Oderman Rocha assigned to Jamestown.

8/27 Joely Rodriguez placed on disabled list. Zack Von Rosenberg activated from disabled list.

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.

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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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