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

Minor League Schedule: John Kuchno Looks to Repeat Success Against Tampa

Six games on the schedule today. Indianapolis is on their All-Star break, while West Virginia has an off day. Altoona has a noon start time. 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 (53-46) @ Columbus (53-46) 7:05pm 7/17
Probable starter:  TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Columbus 9, Indianapolis 5

Indianapolis is on their All-Star break until Thursday. When they resume play, they will take on Columbus, who they are tied with for first place.

AA: Altoona (37-60) @ Harrisburg (38-57) 12:00pm
Probable starter: Thomas Harlan (0-0, 1.80)
Yesterday’s Result: Harrisburg 9, Altoona 5

Thomas Harlan will make his second start for Altoona today. In his first game with the Curve, he went five innings, giving up two runs(one earned) on seven hits and one walk. With Bradenton, Harlan had a 2.49 ERA in 21 relief appearances. In 50.2 innings, he allowed 52 hits, one homer and nine walks. He had 41 strikeouts, a 1.26 GO/AO ratio and a .255 BAA.

High-A: Bradenton (47-42, 12-8 2nd half) vs Tampa (45-47) 5:00pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (4-8, 3.98)
Yesterday’s Result: Tampa 4, Bradenton 2

John Kuchno will make his 19th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 95 innings, giving up 94 hits, three homers and 40 walks. He has 47 strikeouts, a 2.36 GO/AO ratio and a .264 BAA. In his last start, Kuchno gave up three runs(two earned) over 6.2 innings. He faced Tampa on 5/30 at home and threw seven shutout innings. He has a 3.43 home ERA and 4.42 on the road.

Low-A: West Virginia (32-61, 12-13 2nd half) @ Hagerstown (60-34) 7:05pm 7/15
Probable starter: Justin Topa (3-6, 6.03)
Yesterday’s Result: Greensboro 6, West Virginia 3

West Virginia is off today. The Power are in sixth place in their division, four games back in the race for the second half title.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (11-18) vs Vermont (11-19) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Montana DuRapau (0-0, 1.50)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 6, Vermont 2

Montana DuRapau will make his fourth start of the season. He has also pitched three times in relief. DuRapau has thrown 18 innings, giving up 18 hits, one homer and two walks. He has 15 strikeouts, a 1.05 GO/AO ratio and a .257 BAA. In his last start, he gave up one unearned run on five hits and a walk in 3.2 innings.

RK: Bristol (7-15) vs Kingsport (10-14) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: Billy Roth (0-4, 6.06)
Yesterday’s Result: Bristol 8, Kingston 2

Billy Roth will make his fifth start of the season. He has thrown 16.1 innings, allowing 18 hits, three homers and nine walks. He has 15 strikeouts, a 2.09 GO/AO ratio and a .273 BAA. In his last start, Roth gave up five runs(four earned) on six hits and two walks in 4.2 innings. He has picked up the loss in all four of his appearances. Check out the Bristol season preview.

GCL: Pirates (10-10) vs Astros (10-10) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Gerardo Navarro (1-1, 5.63)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off yesterday

Gerardo Navarro will make his fifth start of the season. Twice he has given up one run over five innings and twice he has struggled. Navarro has a 1.00 GO/AO ratio and a .242 BAA. You can watch video highlights of Navarro’s last start here. Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.

DSL: Pirates (15-21) vs Blue Jays (16-19) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off yesterday

Check out the DSL Pirates sixth week recap.

Recent Transactions

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

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.

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.

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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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