Minor League Schedule: Sadler and Sampson Look To Continue Strong Start To Season

Two starters going tonight have looked strong through three starts. Both Casey Sadler and Adrian Sampson have been the best pitchers for their team so far. Check out the Prospect Watch from last night. For a look at possible starters down the line, check out our Probable Starter Chart. All minor league transactions over the last month can be found at the bottom of the page.

Sadler has made three quality starts so far this year

Sadler has made three quality starts so far this year

AAA: Indianapolis (12-5) @ Toledo (7-11) 6:30pm 
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (2-0, 2.25)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6, Louisville 5 in 11 innings

Casey Sadler will make his fourth start of the season tonight. He has made three quality starts already this year. All three of his starts have come on the road. Sadler faced Louisville in his last game, giving up two runs over seven innings. In 20 innings this year, he has allowed 13 hits, four walks and one homer. Sadler has ten strikeouts, a 1.47 GO/AO ratio and a .191 BAA.

AA: Altoona (6-9) vs Harrisburg (4-11) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (2-1, 1.59)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 10, Harrisburg 1

Adrian Sampson will make his fourth start of the season tonight. He threw six shutout innings in his last start, allowing three hits and three walks. Sampson had six strikeouts in the game, tying his season high and it was one less than his career high. He has pitched a total of 17 innings this year, giving up 11 hits, five walks and he has 16 strikeouts. Sampson has a 1.13 GO/AO ratio and a .183 BAA. Right-handed batters are hitting .143 against Sampson.

High-A: Bradenton (12-5) vs Charlotte (5-12) 6:30pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (2-1, 3.68)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 2, Charlotte 1

John Kuchno will make his fourth start of the season tonight. He has had two great starts and one poor one. Kuchno threw five no-hit innings in his debut against Charlotte. In his last game, he threw six shutout innings, giving up two hits and three walks. The middle start was the rough one for Kuchno. He gave up seven runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings. In 14.2 innings, he has allowed 11 hits and seven walks. He has seven strikeouts, an outstanding 5.00 GO/AO ratio and a .204 BAA.

Low-A: West Virginia (7-9) vs Kannapolis (7-9) 7:05pm  
Probable starterShane Carle (0-0, 3.09)
Yesterday’s Result: Kannapolis 11, West Virginia 4

Shane Carle is the scheduled starter for West Virginia tonight. He was originally listed as Monday’s starter, but Dovydas Neverauskas made the start. Carle has made three starts, pitching a total of 11.2 innings, with 14 hits, two homers and one walk. He has 12 strikeouts, a 2.43 GO/AO ratio and a .280 BAA. In his last start, Carle gave up one run on four hits and a walk over 4.2 innings.

Recent Transactions

4/20: Carlos Paulino assigned from Indianapolis to Altoona roster.

4/19: Chris Stewart activated from disabled list. Tony Sanchez sent to Indianapolis.

4/18: Quinton Miller added to Altoona roster. Kelson Brown placed on disabled list.

4/17: Jovany Lopez loaned to Rojos del Aguila of the Veracruz League(Mexico)

4/17: Eric Wood activated from disabled list and added to Bradenton roster. D.J. Crumlich reassigned to minor league camp.

4/16: Collin Balester activated from disabled list and assigned to Bradenton.

4/16: Adalberto Santos assigned to Indianapolis. Jay Jackson transferred to Jamestown roster.

4/14: Luis Heredia placed on disabled list. Brett McKinney added to West Virginia roster.

4/13: Adalberto Santos transferred from Indianapolis to Jamestown roster.

4/12: Vin Mazzaro assigned to Indianapolis. Josh Kinney transferred to Jamestown roster.

4/11: Chris Stewart transferred from Bradenton to Indianapolis.

4/11: Jeff Locke activated from disabled list. Assigned to Indianapolis.

4/7: Barrett Barnes and Harold Ramirez placed on disabled list. Adam Landecker and Justin Maffei added to West Virginia roster.

4/6: Chris Stewart assigned to Bradenton on rehab.

4/5: Robert Andino placed on disabled list. Blake Davis added to Indianapolis roster.

4/4: Stetson Allie added to Altoona roster. Junior Sosa transferred to Jamestown roster.

4:4 Kenn Kasparek and Quinton Miller placed on disabled list. Brandon Mann added to Altoona roster.

3/29: Quincy Latimore and Erick Fernandez released.

3/27: Traded a player to be named later in exchange for Keon Broxton.

3/25: Acquired Vance Worley in exchange for cash.

3/22: Six minor league players released. Carlos Mesa, Cesar Lopez, Axel Diaz, Elvin Ramirez, Kirk Singer and Eliecer Navarro.

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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  • johndw28

    Question for John- Sampson putting up some great numbers so far if I remember his scouting report he was drafted with what a lot viewed as plus curve ball? What is his velocity on his fastball now and do you think he could be this year’s Nick Kingham who sort of ascends onto the back end of some people’s top 100 prospect lists by the end of the year?

    • John Dreker

      There is a video on Altoona’s website from his last start and he showed a couple plus curve balls. I’m not sure he could ever enter Kingham territory, because Kingham throws harder and can pick up strikeouts when he needs them. Sampson has never had more than seven in a game and he had some low totals last year. He pitches more to contact, which would put him more in line with Casey Sadler at his peak. Sampson hits 94 on a good day, but he works a little lower, in the 90-91 range. Sampson projects(ceiling) to be a back-end starter. I think three games is a little too early to change the scouting report on him, but his progress is worth following

      • johndw28

        Thanks John, appreciate the response- will keep on eye on him.