Minor League Schedule: Playoffs Begin Tonight For Indianapolis and West Virginia

The minor league season is done for all but three of the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates. Indianapolis and West Virginia will each start their playoffs tonight, while Jamestown still has one regular season game left and a chance to win the NYPL Wildcard spot by either winning their game or a loss by Lowell. They have a one game lead on Lowell, who owns the tie-breaker between the two clubs. 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.

Tyler Glasnow has faced Hagerstown three times this year. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)

Tyler Glasnow has faced Hagerstown three times this year. (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)

AAA: Indianapolis (80-64) @ Durham (87-57) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (6-7, 3.32)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis was off yesterday

Indianapolis will begin their playoffs today in Durham. Brandon Cumpton will start for Indianapolis tonight. He faced Durham once during the regular season, allowing two runs over seven innings in a no-decision on June 4th. Durham will go with Jake Odorizzi(9-6, 3.33 in 22 starts). It is a best of five series, with the first two games played in Durham. During the regular season, the two teams met eight times, with Durham winning five times. They have not played each other since mid-June. Indianapolis had the best record in the league on June 25th, going 53-27 in their first 80 games. In their last 64 games, they were 27-37 and they finished with the third best record in the league.

AA: Altoona (63-79)
Yesterday’s Result: Season Complete

The Altoona Curve season is over. They finished in last place in their division, 14 games out of first place.  Justin Howard led the team with a .314 BA. Jarek Cunningham led with 19 homers and Alex Dickerson was the leader with 68 RBI’s. Adalberto Santos topped the team with 21 steals and 62 runs scored. On the pitching side, Casey Sadler led with 11 wins. Nick Kingham had the best ERA at 2.70 in 73.1 innings. David Bromberg led with 136 innings pitched and 127 strikeouts. Luis Sanz was first with 16 saves.

High-A: Bradenton (57-77 overall, 31-35 2nd half)
Yesterday’s Result: Season Complete

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)  vs Hagerstown (80-57) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Tyler Glasnow (9-3, 2.18)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was off yesterday

West Virginia will begin their playoffs today at home against Hagerstown. They will play a best-of-three series, with the last two games played in Hagerstown. During the regular season, the two teams met 13 times, with Hagerstown winning eight times. The last time the two teams met was during the first week of July and Hagerstown swept a three game series. Tyler Glasnow gets the start tonight. He made 24 starts during the regular season, pitching a total of 111.1 innings. He allowed 54 hits, nine homers and 61 walks. Glasnow had a league leading 164 strikeouts, a 1.16 GO/AO ratio and a .142 BAA.  He made three starts against Hagerstown this year, allowing three earned runs on six hits over 12.2 innings.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (42-32) vs State College (48-26) 6:05pm
Probable Starter: Chad Kuhl (2-4, 1.97)
Yesterday’s Result: State College 3, Jamestown 1

Chad Kuhl will make his 13th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 50.1 innings, allowing 48 hits, no homers and five walks. He has 33 strikeouts, a 1.09 GO/AO ratio and a .251 BAA. In his last start, which was against State College, he went five innings, allowing one unearned run on seven hits and he struck out seven batters. In his last five starts combined, he has given up three earned runs and no walks over 25 innings.

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

9/2 Alex Dickerson promoted to Indianapolis.

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.

John Dreker

Author: 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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