Kuchno is one of the best ground ball pitchers in the Pirates system

Minor League Schedule: John Kuchno is Getting Better as the Season Moves Along

All eight teams on the schedule today, including a doubleheader for Bristol. 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.     

Kuchno is one of the best ground ball pitchers in the Pirates system

Kuchno is one of the best ground ball pitchers in the Pirates system


AAA: Indianapolis (56-52) @ Rochester (58-48) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Rafael Perez (0-0, 0.73)
Yesterday’s Result: Rochester 5, Indianapolis 3

Rafael Perez will make his second start for Indianapolis. He has also pitched twice in relief since the Pirates signed him as a minor league free agent. Perez went six innings in his only start, allowing two runs(one earned) on seven hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. On July 21st, he threw 5.1 innings in relief, giving up one unearned run on eight hits and a walk. Perez has a 2.50 GO/AO ratio and has given up three walks in 12.1 innings

AA: Altoona (42-65) @ Bowie (54-52) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (2-7, 5.72)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 3, Bowie 1

Zack Dodson will make his 17th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. Dodson has thrown 78.2 innings, giving up 101 hits, eight homers and 33 walks. He has 48 strikeouts, a 1.53 GO/AO ratio and a .321 BAA. In his last start, he gave up four runs on seven hits and seven walks over 5.1 innings. Last time he faced Bowie, Dodson allowed three runs on three hits and four walks in 3.2 innings.

High-A: Bradenton (56-46, 21-12 2nd half) @ Lakeland (50-50) 6:00pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (5-8, 3.68)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 6, Lakeland 2

John Kuchno will make his 21st start of the season. He has thrown a total of 110 innings, giving up 102 hits, three homers and 44 walks. He has 53 strikeouts, a 2.55 GO/AO ratio and a .251 BAA. In his last start, Kuchno went seven innings, allowing one earned run on four hits and three walks. He has lowered his ERA each month this season, from a high of 4.64 in April, down to 3.08 in four starts this month.

Low-A: West Virginia (36-67, 16-19 2nd half) @ Rome (37-68) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Cody Dickson (5-8, 4.23)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 6, Hickory 1

Cody Dickson will make his 21st start of the season tonight. He has thrown 95.2 innings, surrendering 105 hits, eight homers and 42 walks. He has 73 strikeouts, a 1.06 GO/AO ratio and a .287 BAA. In his last start, Dickson gave up five runs(one earned) on four hits and two walks in 2.2 innings. In his four previous starts combined, he allowed three runs over 22.2 innings.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (16-25) vs Batavia (20-21) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Frank Duncan (1-2, 4.55)
Yesterday’s Result: Batavia 7, Jamestown 2

Frank Duncan will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has thrown 29.2 innings, allowing 37 hits, one homer and five walks. He has 15 strikeouts, an 0.76 GO/AO ratio and a .316 BAA. In his last start, Duncan allowed two runs on five hits and a walk in three innings. It was his shortest outing since his pro debut.

RK: Bristol (10-22) @ Greenville (16-18) 6:00pm DH
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Greenville 9, Bristol 4

Check out the Bristol season preview.

GCL: Pirates (11-18) vs Blue Jays (10-20) 10:00am
Probable Starter:  TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Blue Jays 3, Pirates 1 in 11 innings

Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.

DSL: Pirates (22-25) vs Blue Jays (21-25) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 7, Blue Jays 3

Check out the DSL Pirates seventh week recap.

Recent Transactions

7/25: Matt Curry activated from disabled list.

7/25: Pat Ludwig assigned to Altoona. Joan Montero assigned to Bradenton.

7/24: Orlando Castro placed on disabled list. Matt Benedict assigned to Altoona.

7/23: Barrett Barnes placed on disabled list. Justin Howard activated from disabled list and assigned to Bradenton.

7/23: West Virginia places Danny Collins, Chris Diaz and Justin Topa on disabled list. Maximo Rivera, Jared LaKind and Francisco Aponte assigned to West Virginia.

7/23: Nathan Sopena promoted to Jamestown. Jose Salazar promoted to Bristol.

7/21: Tyler Sample assigned to Bradenton.

7/18: Pirates release Jason Townsend.

7/17: Josh Bell promoted to Altoona. Ralph Henriquez placed on DL.

7/17: Andrew Lambo activated from DL. Matt Curry placed on DL. Jhonathan Ramos assigned to Altoona.

7/14: Pirates release Duke Welker.

7/12: Pirates sign Rafael Perez. Perez assigned to Indianapolis.

7/11: Pirates release Jorge Mendoza.

7/11: Pat Ludwig assigned to Bradenton. Zack Dodson assigned to Altoona.

7/11: Austin Meadows assigned to West Virginia. Elvis Escobar assigned to Jamestown.

7/11: Barrett Barnes promoted to Bradenton.

7/11: Orlando Castro promoted to Altoona. Pirates release Yao-Hsun Yang.

7/11: Jarek Cunningham activated from disabled list. Quinton Miller placed on disabled list.

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.

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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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