Eight games on the schedule today, with two of the better starters from this season, taking their turn on the mound. Adrian Sampson goes for Altoona, while Casey Sadler gets the road start for Indianapolis. 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 (46-34) @ Durham (45-37) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (7-1, 2.34)
Yesterday’s Result: Durham 8, Indianapolis 2
Casey Sadler will make his 11th start for Indianapolis tonight. He has also pitched four times in relief for the Pirates. For Indianapolis, Sadler has thrown 61.2 innings, allowing 50 hits, five homers and 13 walks. He has 40 strikeouts, a 1.71 GO/AO ratio and a .227 BAA. In his last start, he allowed one run on two hits and one walk in six innings. Sadler has pitched seven times on the road this year, posting a 2.35 ERA.
AA: Altoona (29-49) vs Binghamton (45-33) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (5-4, 2.39)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 3, Binghamton 1
Adrian Sampson will make his 16th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 86.2 innings, allowing 73 hits, five homers and 19 walks. He has 65 strikeouts, a 1.02 GO/AO ratio and a .230 BAA. In his last start, Sampson went seven innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. He has faced Binghamton twice this year, surrendering four runs on ten hits, with 13 strikeouts in 13 innings. Sampson has a 1.55 ERA at home, 3.13 on the road.
High-A: Bradenton (41-36, 6-2 2nd half) vs Jupiter (27-49) 6:30pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (3-7, 3.94)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 6, Jupiter 4
John Kuchno will make his 16th start of the season tonight. He has pitched 77.2 innings, allowing 73 hits, two homers and 35 walks. He has 42 strikeouts, an impressive 2.70 GO/AO ratio and a .253 BAA. In his last start, Kuchno gave up six runs over seven innings. It was the fourth time in his last five starts that he went seven innings. He has pitched better at home, posting a 2.93 ERA at McKechnie Field, while his road ERA is 4.60 in nine starts.
Low-A: West Virginia (26-50, 5-2 2nd half) vs Lakewood (28-49) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Shane Carle (1-5, 3.73)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 8, Delmarva 7
Shane Carle will make his 13th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched three times in relief. Carle has thrown a total of 72.1 innings, allowing 88 hits, six homers and just seven walks. He has 41 strikeouts, a 1.98 GO/AO ratio and a .303 BAA. In his last start, which was against Lakewood, Carle went six innings, allowing one run on eight hits and a walk. He also faced Lakewood on 5/25, giving up one run over seven innings.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (6-8) @ Mahoning Valley (5-9) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Austin Coley (0-1, 13.50)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 6, Mahoning Valley 4
Austin Coley will make his third start since being drafted in the eighth round this year. Coley faced Williamsport in each of his first two starts, giving up six runs over 1.2 innings the first time, then following that up with one run over three innings.
RK: Bristol (2-6) vs Johnson City (5-3) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Johnson City 7, Bristol 5
No starter has been announced yet for Bristol. Check out the Bristol Pirates season preview.
GCL: Pirates (1-5) vs Astros (4-2) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Nick Hutchings (0-0, 10.12)
Yesterday’s Result: Phillies 6, Pirates 2
Nick Hutchings will make his second start of the season today. He went 2.2 innings in his first outing, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks, while picking up two strikeouts. That start was the pro debut for the 18-year-old righty from Australia. Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (6-17) vs Rangers2 (11-12) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Rangers2 8, Pirates 6
Check out the DSL Pirates third week recap.
6/26: Dan Gamache assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.
6/26: Adalberto Santos traded to San Francisco Giants.
6/26: Danny Collins placed on disabled list. Justin Topa activated from West Virginia disabled list.
6/25: John Holdzkom assigned to Altoona roster.
6/25: A.J. Morris placed on disabled list. Jhonathan Ramos promoted to Indianapolis.
6/24: Nate Baker added to GCL roster on rehab assignment.
6/23: JaCoby Jones and Justin Topa placed on West Virginia disabled list. Zack Von Rosenberg activated from disabled list.
6/23: Jeff Roy and Ashley Ponce sent to West Virginia. Candon Myles sent to Jamestown.
6/23: Ulises Montilla added to 60-day disabled list.
6/21: Jason Townsend assigned to Altoona from Jamestown. Matt Benedict sent to Bradenton.
6/20: Stetson Allie placed on disabled list. Kelson Brown activated from disabled list.
6/20: Carlos Paulino assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.
6/20: Jake Brigham activated from disabled list.
6/19: Jared LaKind assigned to Jamestown
6/18: Pirates release Cody Eppley.
6/17: Jason Townsend sent to Jamestown on rehab assignment.
6/12: Nick Kingham promoted to Indianapolis. Kenn Kasparek added to Altoona roster.
6/12: Pat Ludwig promoted to Altoona. Robby Rowland activated from Bradenton disabled list.
6/10: Gregory Polanco promoted to Majors. Brent Morel activated from disabled list.
6/9: Pirates release Cameron Griffin, Mitch Slauter, Mike Spano and Beau Wallace.
6/8: Walker Gourley placed on disabled list. D.J. Crumlich activated from Bradenton disabled list.
6/6: Stolmy Pimentel assigned to Altoona on rehab.
6/6: A.J. Morris promoted to Indianapolis.
6/6: Chris Dickerson activated from disabled list. Jake Brigham placed on disabled list.
6/5: Vin Mazzaro assigned to Indianapolis.
6/5: Yao-Hsun Yang added to Altoona roster. Tyler Sample placed on disabled list.
6/5: Robby Rowland placed on disabled list. Jeff Inman assigned to Bradenton roster.
6/4: Luis Heredia activated from disabled list. Miguel Rosario assigned to Jamestown roster.
6/3: Jose Osuna and Jordan Steranka activated from Bradenton disabled list. D.J. Crumlich and Ashley Ponce placed on disabled list.
6/3: Wirfin Obispo assigned to Indianapolis.
6/2: Stolmy Pimentel assigned to Bradenton on rehab.
5/31: Brent Morel placed on disabled list.
5/31: Junior Sosa added to Altoona roster.
5/30: Eight players released from DSL roster.
5/30: Brandon Mann released. Ryan Beckman added to Altoona roster.
5/30: Kenn Kasparek added to Indianapolis roster.
5/29: Francisco Diaz assigned to Jamestown roster.
5/28: Candon Myles activated from the disabled list. Adam Landecker assigned to Jamestown roster.