Minor League Schedule: Vance Worley Has Shown Excellent Command With Indianapolis

Four games on the schedule tonight, all night games. 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.    

Dodson returned last week from an oblique injury that put him on the DL for a month

Dodson returned last week from an oblique injury that put him on the DL for a month

 

AAA: Indianapolis (27-19) @ Charlotte (15-30) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Vance Worley (1-1, 2.84)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 7, Charlotte 5

Vance Worley will make his fourth start of the season tonight. He gave up one run over six innings in his season debut. Worley threw seven innings in his second game, allowing two runs on six hits. In his last outing, he surrendered four runs(three earned) on eight hits in six innings. Worley has 14 strikeouts and he hasn’t walked a batter yet this season.

AA: Altoona (18-27) @ Erie (18-26) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (0-2, 2.89)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 7, Akron 3

Zack Dodson will make his fifth start of the season tonight. He also pitched once in relief. In 18.2 innings, he has given up 24 hits, no homers and seven walks. Dodson has 11 strikeouts, a 1.11 GO/AO ratio and a .338 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, allowing three runs(two earned) on six hits and no walks. He faced Erie in his season debut, throwing one shutout inning of relief work.

High-A: Bradenton (22-25) vs Daytona (16-27) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Chad Kuhl (3-4, 5.01)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 2, Daytona 1

Chad Kuhl will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He has thrown a total of 46.2 innings, giving up 55 hits, five homers and seven walks. Kuhl has 29 strikeouts, a 1.91 GO/AO ratio and a .299 BAA. In his last start, he went 6.1 innings, giving up five runs(four earned) on nine hits and two walks. He has a 6.84 home ERA and 2.91 on the road. Kuhl has walked two hitters in each of his last two starts, a total he reached just once in his first 20 starts as a pro.

Low-A: West Virginia (15-31) vs Lakewood (18-26) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Topa (2-2, 5.05)
Yesterday’s Result: Lakewood 10, West Virginia 9

Justin Topa will make his sixth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched four times in relief. As a starter, he has a 5.40 ERA in 23.1 innings. In his last start, Topa lasted just 2.2 innings, giving up five runs(three earned) on three hits and three walks. He has a 6.23 ERA at home and 3.21 on the road. Topa is holding right-handed batters to a .260 average, while lefties are hitting .344 with three homers.

Recent Transactions

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.

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

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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  • piraddict

    John, NH has discussed Cumpton and Locke as Wandy’s replacements, but Worley hasn’t gotten a mention. I like Cumpton for the call up, but might prefer Worley over Locke based on their recent records. Is this strictly a 40 man roster issue? Or are the statistics deceiving and Locke is really a much better pitcher than Worley? I know Worley’s more crafty than dominating, but he must be doing something right to book 14 SO and 0 walks.

    • Ron Loreski

      Worley needs to prove his isn’t just a hot start. If he can keep pitching well through 10 starts or so, he’ll find his way to Pittsburgh. If Liriano and/or Volquez keep struggling, Worley will probably be called up.

      Putting him on the 40 man shouldn’t be an issue. Brent Morel, Chris McGuiness, Travis Snider, or Clint Barmes could easily get DFA’d.

      • smurph

        Agree with Ron. After a horrible 2013, the Vanimal needs more than 3 games to show he deserves to be up with the Pirates. Hopefully he can keep it going.

    • John Dreker

      It’s too early is the likely reason you hear nothing. He did give up four runs and eight hits in his last start, so that sort of negates the no walks for that game. If he continues pitching well, he will help the Pirates at some point