Minor League Schedule: Eight Teams and Nine Games For Friday

Nine games on the schedule, including the completion of a game that was suspended due to weather. Altoona will finish a game from June 11th before playing their regularly scheduled game. The GCL Pirates start their season today, the eighth team on the schedule. 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.    

Adrian Grullon starts game two for Bristol

Adrian Grullon starts game two for Bristol

AAA: Indianapolis (43-30) @ Norfolk (29-44) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jake Brigham (2-4, 3.32)
Yesterday’s Result:  Indianapolis was off yesterday

Jake Brigham was activated off the disabled list and he will make his 11th start of the season. He has also pitched once in relief. Brigham has thrown a total of 62.1 innings, allowing 54 hits, three homers and 22 walks. He has 52 strikeouts, an 0.69 GO/AO ratio and .231 BAA. Brigham last started on June 3rd, when he gave up three runs on five hits and four walks in six innings.

AA: Altoona (26-43) @ Portland (45-25) 5:30pm DH
Probable starter: Kenn Kasparek (1-0, 2.08)
Yesterday’s Result: New Hampshire 7, Altoona 6

Kenn Kasparek will make his first start of the season tonight. He has pitched five times in relief for Indianapolis and four times for Altoona. Kasparek has a 3.29 ERA this season in 13.2 innings, surrendering 19 hits, no homers and three walks. He has nine strikeouts, an 0.65 GO/AO ratio and a .322 BAA. Kasparek made one start last season for Altoona. Joan Montero will be on the mound when the suspended game starts.

High-A: Bradenton (36-34, 1-0 2nd half) @ Jupiter (27-43) 5:35pm
Probable starter: Orlando Castro (3-4, 3.99)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 1, Jupiter 0

Orlando Castro will make his 13th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. Castro has thrown a total of 70 innings, allowing 69 hits, four homers and ten walks. He has 53 strikeouts, a 1.38 GO/AO ratio and a .262 BAA. In his last start, he went 3.2 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks. Castro had a rough time in his previous start as well, giving up six runs on 12 hits in 4.2 innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (21-48, 1-0 2nd half) @ Lakewood (27-43) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Cody Dickson (2-8, 5.58)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 2, Lakewood 1

Cody Dickson will make his 14th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 59.2 innings, giving up 71 hits, eight homers and 29 walks. He has 47 strikeouts, an 0.98 GO/AO ratio and a .301 BAA. In three starts this month, Dickson has a 7.71 ERA in 14 innings.  He has a 4.38 road ERA in eight starts. He faced Lakewood on 5/22 and gave up nine runs in just 1.1 innings.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (2-5) vs State College (4-3) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Tyler Eppler (0-0, 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Williamsport 4,  Jamestown 2

Tyler Eppler will make his second start as a pro. In his debut, he threw three perfect innings, striking out two batters. He is a 21-year-old right-hander, who pitched at Sam Houston State this year. Eppler was taken in the sixth round of the 2014 draft. You can read more about him on his player page, which is linked under his name above. Check out the Jamestown Jammers season preview.

RK: Bristol (0-1) @ Princeton (1-0) 7:05pm
Today’s Probable: Adrian Grullon (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Princeton 5, Bristol 2

Adrian Grullon will make his first start of the season tonight. He pitched last year in the GCL, making five starts and two relief appearances. Grullon pitched 17.2 innings in 2013, giving up 20 hits, one homer and six walks. He had 20 strikeouts, a 2.56 GO/AO ratio and a .282 BAA. Check out the Bristol Pirates season preview.

GCL: Pirates (0-0) vs Yankees1 (0-0) 12pm

The GCL Pirates get their season started this afternoon. They play a 60 game schedule that runs through the end of August.

DSL: Pirates (6-11) vs  Cubs (12-5) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Cubs 12, Pirates 6

Check out the DSL Pirates second week recap.

Recent Transactions

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: Mel Rojas Jr. promoted to Indianapolis. Chris Dickerson placed on disabled list.

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.

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.

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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