Minor League Schedule: Three Afternoon Games On The Schedule

Altoona is the only night game today. All the other three teams have early afternoon start times. No starter has been named yet for West Virginia, but it is Orlando Castro’s day to pitch. He has to be added back to the roster before he can be announced as the starter. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. We have added a Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full recap of yesterday’s action can be found here.

Rowland had trouble his last time out against St Lucie
Rowland had trouble his last time out against St Lucie

AAA: Indianapolis (34-16) @ Buffalo (27-20) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Brooks Brown (3-0, 3.72)
Yesterday’s Result: Buffalo 2, Indianapolis 1

Brooks Brown will make his sixth start of the season this afternoon. He has also pitched in relief six times. As a starter, he is 2-0, 4.56 in 23.2 innings. Brown has a .241 BAA on the season, .194 against right-handed batters and .284 against lefties. In his last start, he went 6.2 innings without recording a strikeout or walk, giving up three runs on eight hits. His previous outing was against Buffalo on 5/15, when he allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks

AA: Altoona (20-28) vs Richmond (24-23) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Luis Sanz (2-1, 3.65)
Yesterday’s Result: Richmond 12, Altoona 5

Luis Sanz will make his third start of the season tonight. He has also pitched 11 times in relief. In his first start on 5/8, he gave up three runs on four hits and three walks in three innings. In his next start six days later, Sanz allowed two runs on four hits and one walk in 5.2 innings. On the year, he has thrown 24.2 innings, allowing 22 hits, two homers, 18 walks and he has 23 strikeouts. Sanz has a 1.43 GO/AO ratio and a .239 BAA. At home, he has a 3.86 ERA in 11.2 innings.

High-A: Bradenton (20-29) @ St Lucie (27-20) 1:00pm
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (2-3, 4.84)
Yesterday’s Result: St Lucie 1, Bradenton 0

Robby Rowland will make his tenth start of the season today. He has pitched a total of 44.2 innings, giving up 43 hits, four homers and 14 walks. Rowland has 24 strikeouts, a 1.55 GO/AO ratio and a .254 BAA. He has big lefty/righty splits this year, allowing left-handers to hit .357 with three homers, while right-handed batters are hitting .182 in 99 AB’s. Rowland gave up five runs on two hits and four walks over five innings in his last start. He faced St Lucie on 4/27 and allowed five runs on five hits and three walks in four innings. He has recorded just nine strikeouts in his last five starts combined.

Low-A: West Virginia (27-22) vs Lakewood (19-28) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Orlando Castro (4-3, 1.95)
Yesterday’s Result: ¬†West Virginia 2, Lakewood 1

Orlando Castro will get his tenth start of the season today. He has pitched 50.2 innings this season, allowing 40 hits, four homers and just five walks. Castro has 44 strikeouts, a 1.30 GO/AO ratio and a .221 BAA. Surprisingly, lefties are hitting .278 against the southpaw, although he hasn’t allowed a home run or walk to a lefty yet. In his last start, Castro threw six shutout innings, giving up just two hits and a walk, while striking out four batters. At home this year, he is 2-0, 2.08 in three starts.

Recent Transactions

5/24 Chase d’Arnaud added to Indianapolis roster

5/23 Vic Black placed on disabled list.

5/22 Orlando Castro assigned to Jamestown. Josh Smith added to West Virginia roster

5/20 Alex Dickerson placed on DL. Justin Howard added to Altoona roster.

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