Cody Dickson hasn't lost since the All-Star break (Photo Credit: Mark Olson)

Minor League Schedule: Cody Dickson Tries to Build Off Best Start of the Season

All eight teams are on the schedule today, with a doubleheader scheduled for Indianapolis. Check out the Prospect Watch from last night. 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.   

Cody Dickson's last outing was his best of the season (Photo Credit: Mark Olson)

Cody Dickson’s last outing was his best of the season (Photo Credit: Mark Olson)


AAA: Indianapolis (51-42) vs Columbus (49-44) 6:05pm DH
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (2-1, 1.91) and Vin Mazzaro (3-2, 1.48)
Yesterday’s Result: Lehigh Valley 7, Indianapolis 4

Nick Kingham will start game one of the doubleheader for Indianapolis tonight. This will be his sixth start for Indianapolis. He has pitched at least six innings in each outing. His last outing was by far his worst. Kingham allowed just one earned run in his first four starts combined. Last week, he gave up six runs on 10 hits in 6.1 innings. He hasn’t allowed a homer in 33 innings with Indianapolis. Vin Mazzaro is scheduled to start game two, his first start since the 2012 season. He has pitched 16 times for Indianapolis this year and five times for the Pirates. Mazzaro went three innings back on June 22nd and he has gone two innings in three other appearances over the last three weeks.

AA: Altoona (35-57) vs Erie (41-49) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Joan Montero (3-3, 4.31)
Yesterday’s Result: Erie 6, Altoona 4

Joan Montero will make his sixth start of the season. He has also pitched 20 times in relief. As a starter, Montero has a 4.18 ERA in 23.2 innings. His last outing was his best of the season. He gave up one run over six innings, his longest outing of the year. Montero hasn’t given up a home run this year in 54.1 innings.

High-A: Bradenton (46-41, 11-7 2nd half) vs St Lucie (52-34) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (4-4, 3.55)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 6, St Lucie 3

Jason Creasy will get his 19th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 91.1 innings, allowing 97 hits, six homers and 13 walks. He has 68 strikeouts, a 1.04 GO/AO ratio and a .275 BAA. In his last start, Creasy gave up four runs(three earned) over seven innings. He struck out eight batters. At home this year, he has a 3.72 ERA in six starts. Bradenton is facing long-time Major League starter John Lannan in this game.

Low-A: West Virginia (30-59, 9-11 2nd half) vs Greensboro (58-33) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Cody Dickson (4-8, 4.59)
Yesterday’s Result: Delmarva 3, West Virginia 2

Cody Dickson will make his 18th start of the year tonight. He has thrown 82.1 innings, surrendering 94 hits, eight homers and 36 walks. He has 64 strikeouts, a 1.06 GO/AO ratio and a .294 BAA. In his last start, which was against Greensboro, Dickson threw seven shutout innings, allowing four hits, one walk and he had seven strikeouts. In his previous outing against Greensboro, he gave up four runs on six hits and three walks in 4.2 innings. Dickson had a 5.16 ERA in six June starts.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (8-17) vs Tri-City (17-9) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Frank Duncan (0-1, 5.40)
Yesterday’s Result: Tri-City 6, Jamestown 5

Frank Duncan will make his fifth career start. He has thrown 16.2 innings, allowing 20 hits, one homer and four walks. Duncan has recorded just three strikeouts this year. Three of his starts have come on the road. In his only home start, he allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk in four innings.

RK: Bristol (4-14) @ Bluefield (10-10) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Bluefield 7, Bristol 2

Check out the Bristol season preview.

GCL: Pirates (9-8) vs Blue Jays (6-10) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 7, Blue Jays 2

Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.

DSL: Pirates (14-20) vs Cubs (22-12) 10:30am 

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 6, Brewers 4

Check out the DSL Pirates fifth week recap.

Recent Transactions

7/10: Shane Carle and Yhonathan Barrios promoted to Bradenton. Robby Rowland and Andy Otamendi assigned to West Virginia.

7/10: Matt Curry promoted to Indianapolis. Ralph Henriquez activated from Altoona disabled list.

7/9: Andrew Lambo assigned to Jamestown on rehab assignment.

7/8: Thomas Harlan promoted to Altoona

7/7: Francisco Liriano assigned to Indianapolis on rehab. Brent Morel activated from disabled list.

7/7: Chris Dickerson traded to Cleveland Indians.

7/7: Justin Howard placed on disabled list. Dan Gamache and Nate Baker assigned to Altoona.

7/7: Mike Fransoso assigned to West Virginia Power. Harold Ramirez placed on disabled list.

7/7: Collin Balester has his rehab assignment transferred from GCL Pirates to Bristol.

7/7: Cristian Mota promoted from DSL Pirates to GCL Pirates. Jhoan Herrera reassigned to DSL Pirates.

7/7: Jake Burnette sent to GCL Pirates on rehab.

7/7: Edgardo Munoz promoted from GCL Pirates to Bristol.

7/5: Tyler Waldron placed on disabled list. John Holdzkom assigned to Indianapolis.

7/5: Dean Anna assigned to Indianapolis.

7/4: Jarek Cunningham placed on DL. Jeff Inman sent to Altoona.

7/3: Justin Maffei and Ashley Ponce promoted to Bradenton.

7/3: Bradenton placed Jonathan Schwind and Taylor Lewis on the disabled list.

7/3: Danny Collins and Francisco Diaz activated from disabled list.

7/3: Clario Perez promoted to West Virginia. Andy Otamendi assigned to Jamestown.

7/3: Austin Meadows assigned to Bristol.

7/1: Andy Otamendi assigned to West Virginia.

7/1: Connor Joe placed on temporary inactive list.

6/30: Austin Meadows, Barrett Barnes and Collin Balester assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.

6/28: Stetson Allie activated from disabled list.

6/28: Omir Santos activated from disabled list. Brent Morel placed on disabled list.

6/28: JaCoby Jones activated from disabled list. Wyatt Mathisen placed on disabled list.

6/28: Nate Baker and Dan Gamache assigned to Jamestown on rehab.

6/28: Pirates release Alexander Gutierrez.

6/27: Jandy Vasquez played on 60-day disabled list.

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: Walker Gourley activated from Bradenton disabled list.

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.

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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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