Sampson has been one of the best Pirates minor league pitchers this year

Minor League Schedule: Adrian Sampson Tries to Continue Breakout Season

Adrian Sampson gets the start for Altoona today, trying to continue his strong start to the season. He has shown a great improvement over last year when he pitched for Bradenton and gave up 177 hits, the highest total in the Pirates system. 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.

 Sampson has been one of the best Pirates minor league pitchers this year

Sampson has been one of the best Pirates minor league pitchers this year

AAA: Indianapolis (19-13) @ Scranton/WB (16-15) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Jake Brigham (1-1, 3.81)
Yesterday’s Result Scranton/WB 3, Indianapolis 1

Jake Brigham will get his sixth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 28.1 innings, allowing 24 hits, two homers and 11 walks. He has 29 strikeouts, an 0.74 GO/AO ratio and a .224 BAA. In his last start, Brigham went seven innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks. In three road starts, he has a 1.89 ERA over 19 innings.

AA: Altoona (13-18) @ Akron (20-12) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (3-2, 1.53)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 6, Bowie 5

Adrian Sampson will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has allowed two runs or less in each start, although he has also failed to get through five full innings in each of his last two outings. On the year, Sampson has pitched 29.1 innings, allowing 23 hits, one homer and ten walks. He has 26 strikeouts, a 1.11 GO/AO ratio and a .221 BAA. This will be his third consecutive start against Akron

High-A: Bradenton (17-16) @ Charlotte (16-17) 6:30pm
Probable starter:  John Kuchno (3-2, 4.44)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 6, Ft Myers 5

John Kuchno will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 26.1 innings, allowing 25 hits, no homers and 12 walks. He has 13 strikeouts, an impressive 2.88 GO/AO ratio and a .250 BAA. He has pitched against Charlotte twice already with drastically different results. Kuchno threw five no-hit innings in his first game against Charlotte, then in the second game, he lasted just 1.2 innings. He gave up two runs on four hits and a walk. Kuchno is holding left-handed batters to a .176 average.

Low-A: West Virginia (11-21) vs Savannah (20-9) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (2-1, 5.32)
Yesterday’s Result: Savannah 9, West Virginia 3

Dovydas Neverauskas will make his sixth start of the season tonight. In his last outing, he went five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks. In his previous outing, Neverauskas allowed season-highs in hits with 11 and runs with seven(six earned). He has pitched a total of 22 innings, allowing 33 hits, two homers and ten walks. Neverauskas has 17 strikeouts, a 1.10 GO/AO ratio and a .355 BAA.

Recent Transactions

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.

4/30 Elvis Escobar added to West Virginia roster. Adam Landecker assigned to Jamestown roster.

4/29: Cody Eppley transferred to Jamestown roster.

4/29: Ralph Henriquez added to Altoona roster.

4/27: Reese McGuire placed on disabled list. Kawika Emsley-Pai added to West Virginia roster.

4/27: Casey Sadler promoted to majors. Jared Hughes sent to Indianapolis.

4/27: Tyler Waldron promoted to Indianapolis.

4/27 Omir Santos added to Indianapolis roster.

4/27: Josh Smith assigned to Bradenton roster. Oderman Rocha sent to Extended Spring Training.

4/26: Bryton Trepagnier assigned to Bradenton roster. Andy Otamendi sent to Extended Spring Training.

4/26: Brandon Mann added to Altoona roster. Kenn Kasparek placed on disabled list.

4/25: Tyler Glasnow added to Bradenton roster. Andy Otamendi assigned to Extended Spring Training.

4/24: Oderman Rocha and Andy Otamendi assigned to Bradenton. Bryton Trepagnier and Josh Smith assigned to Extended Spring Training

4/23: Tyler Waldron promoted to Altoona. Brandon Mann sent to Bradenton.

4/22: Zack Dodson placed on DL. Kenn Kasparek added to Altoona roster.

4/22: Brent Morel placed on Bereavement List. Cody Eppley added to Indianapolis roster.

4/21: Jared Hughes recalled to majors. Jay Jackson added to Indianapolis roster.

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

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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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