Four night games on the schedule for Friday, with two of this season’s better pitchers taking the mound. Casey Sadler goes tonight for Indianapolis, while Adrian Sampson will pitch in Altoona. 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. Click the link on each pitcher’s name for more information.
AAA: Indianapolis (32-21) vs Scranton/WB (27-25) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (6-1, 2.66)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 3, Buffalo 2
Casey Sadler will make his ninth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched twice in relief for the Pittsburgh Pirates. For Indianapolis, he has thrown 50.2 innings, allowing 44 hits, four homers and nine walks. Sadler has 36 strikeouts, a 1.57 GO/AO ratio and a .238 BAA. He gave up four runs over six innings in his last start. Sadler has given up four runs in two of his starts, and three or less in his other six games. He hasn’t pitched as well in the month of May as he did in April. Sadler posted a 1.67 ERA in four April starts and it has risen to 3.80 in four May starts.
AA: Altoona (20-33) vs New Hampshire (18-35) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (3-3, 2.26)
Yesterday’s Result: Richmond 5, Altoona 4 (game one) Richmond 6, Altoona 3 (game two)
Adrian Sampson will get his 11th start of the season tonight. He has thrown a total of 55.2 innings, allowing 47 hits, two homers and 16 walks. He has 43 strikeouts, a 1.14 GO/AO ratio and a .228 BAA. In his last start, Sampson gave up two runs over six innings. Six of his ten starts this year qualify as quality starts. At home this season, he has a 1.14 ERA in four starts and a .198 BAA. Sampson is holding right-handed batters to a .161 average and no homers.
High-A: Bradenton (27-26) vs Tampa (26-26) 6:30pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (3-4, 4.74)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 4, Tampa 0
John Kuchno will make his 11th start of the season today. He has pitched 43.2 innings, allowing 47 hits, one homer and 26 walks. He has 26 strikeouts, an impressive 3.00 GO/AO ratio and a .278 BAA. Kuchno has had control issues all season, keeping him from going at least five innings in four of his starts. He has lasted six innings just once. He has pitched much better at home, posting a 3.24 ERA in Bradenton, versus a 5.67 road ERA. Kuchno had a 4.64 ERA in April and it’s 4.84 May ERA.
Low-A: West Virginia (19-34) @ Greensboro (30-22) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Shane Carle (1-4, 3.25)
Yesterday’s Result: Greensboro 3, West Virginia 1
Shane Carle will get his 11th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 52.2 innings, giving up four homers and five walks. He has 30 strikeouts, a 1.74 GO/AO ratio and a .293 BAA. In his last start, Carle went seven innings for the first time, giving up just one run on five hits and a walk. He hasn’t issues more than one walk in a game this year. Carle faced Greensboro on 5/3, allowing four runs on eight hits over 6.2 innings.
5/29: Francisco Diaz assigned to Jamestown roster.
5/28: Candon Myles activated from the disabled list. Adam Landecker assigned to Jamestown roster.
5/27: Kawika Emsley-Pai assigned from Altoona to West Virginia.
5/26: Ralph Henriquez sent from Indianapolis to Altoona. Cody Eppley assigned to Indianapolis.
5/24: Andy Otamendi assigned to Extended Spring Training. Orlando Castro assigned to Bradenton.
5/23 Tony Sanchez assigned to Indianapolis.
5/23: Josh Wall assigned to Indianapolis roster.
5/22: Edwin Espinal activated from disabled list. Candon Myles placed on disabled list.
5/21: Andy Otamendi added to Bradenton roster. Orlando Castro assigned to Jamestown.
5/20: Omir Santos placed on disabled list. Ralph Henriquez assigned to Indianapolis.
5/19: Jared LaKind added to West Virginia roster. Will Kendall placed on disabled list.
5/19: Brandon Cumpton reassigned to Indianapolis. Ralph Henriquez sent from Indianapolis to Altoona
5/18: West Virginia sends Kawika Emsley-Pai to Altoona. Francisco Diaz added off Jamestown roster.
5/18: Ralph Henriquez sent from Altoona to Indianapolis.
5/16: Edwin Espinal placed on disabled list. Adam Landecker added to West Virginia roster.
5/16: Jaff Decker sent from Pittsburgh to Indianapolis. Cody Eppley transferred to Jamestown roster.
5/13: Activated Zack Dodson from disabled list. Ryan Beckman transferred to Jamestown roster.
5/12: Signed Nathan Sopena.
5/12: Released Christian Santiago, Arquimedes Lorenzo, Ramon Rodriguez and Marcus Beltrez.
5/9: Miguel Rosario added to West Virginia roster. Jerry Mulderig assigned to Jamestown roster.
5/9: Kenn Kasparek assigned to Jamestown roster.
5/8: Harold Ramirez activated from disabled list. Michael Fransoso assigned to Jamestown roster.
5/8: Matt Curry activated from disabled list and assigned to Altoona.
5/7: Andrew Lambo placed on disabled list.
5/6: Jeff Locke assigned to Indianapolis. Phil Irwin promoted to majors.
5/6: Vance Worley added to Indianapolis roster.
5/5: Duke Welker placed on disabled list. Adalberto Santos assigned to Indianapolis roster.
5/5: Jeff Locke promoted to Pirates. Casey Sadler assigned to Indianapolis.
5/4: Jose Osuna placed on disabled list. D.J. Crumlich added to Bradenton roster.
5/4: Kenn Kasparek promoted to Indianapolis.
5/3: Cody Eppley assigned in Indianapolis roster.
5/3: Reese McGuire activated from disabled list. Francisco Diaz assigned to Jamestown roster.
5/2: Benji Gonzalez traded to San Diego Padres.
5/2: Kenn Kasparek activated from Altoona disabled list. Carlos Paulino placed on disabled list.
5/2: Jordan Steranka placed on disabled list. Taylor Lewis added to Bradenton roster.
5/1: Robert Andino activated from Indianapolis disabled list. Adalberto Santos assigned to Jamestown roster.
5/1: Wandy Rodriguez assigned to Altoona roster on rehab.