Minor League Schedule: Kingham and Glasnow Make Last Regular Season Starts

West Virginia made the playoffs last night, giving the Pirates organization their fourth playoff team. Jamestown still has a chance to make it a fifth team. The GCL Pirates will play a one game playoff today to try to get to the GCL finals. Check out the 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. The latest Dominican Summer League recap can be found here.

Tyler Glasnow will finish as the SAL leader in strikeouts  (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)
Tyler Glasnow will finish as the SAL leader in strikeouts (Photo Credit: Tom Bragg)

AAA: Indianapolis (79-61) vs Louisville (66-74) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Kris Johnson (10-4, 2.39) Casey Sadler (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 3, Toledo 2 in 11 innings

Casey Sadler will get his first start for Indianapolis tonight and his 24th start of the season. He has thrown 130.1 innings, allowing 116 hits, 11 homers and 42 walks. He has 67 strikeouts, a 1.74 GO/AO ratio and a .242 BAA. In his last start, he went 6.1 innings, giving up one run on six hits and four walks.

AA: Altoona (62-76) vs Akron (65-71) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (3-3, 2.98)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 4, Harrisburg 1

Nick Kingham will get his 12th start for Altoona tonight. He has also made two relief appearances and 13 starts for Bradenton earlier in the year. Between both stops, he has thrown 136.1 innings, giving up 120 hits, seven homers and 44 walks. Kingham has 136 strikeouts, an 0.95 GO/AO ratio and a .235 BAA. In his last start, he lasted 4.2 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, five walks and he had eight strikeouts. Since the All-Star break, he has a 2.43 ERA.

High-A: Bradenton (56-75 overall, 30-33 2nd half) vs Ft Myers (77-55) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Pat Ludwig (2-2, 3.75)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 5, Ft Myers 2 (game one) Ft Myers 2, Bradenton 1 (game two)

Pat Ludwig will make his ninth start for Bradenton tonight. He has also pitched four times in relief for the Marauders and he also pitched 24 times for West Virginia, once as a starter. He went 6-0, 3.12 in 49 innings for the Power, recording 44 strikeouts. In 50.1 innings for Bradenton, he has given up 50 hits, one homer and 14 walks. Ludwig has 81 strikeouts on the year, a 1.51 GO/AO ratio and a .240 BAA. In his last start, he went six shutout innings, striking out seven batters. In his last three starts combined, he has given up one run on seven hits in 20 innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (78-58 overall, 41-25 2nd half) @ Lexington (68-66) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Tyler Glasnow (8-3, 2.29)
Yesterday’s Result: Asheville 4, West Virginia 3

Tyler Glasnow will get his 24th and final regular season start. He has pitched a total of 106.1 innings, allowing 54 hits, nine homers and 57 walks. Glasnow has 160 strikeouts, a 1.20 GO/AO ratio and a .148 BAA. In his last start, he threw five no-hit innings, allowing five walks and he struck out 13 batters. In his previous outing, he allowed one hit over four innings and had seven strikeouts, giving him 20 strikeouts in his last nine innings. Glasnow has 19 more strikeouts than the second highest total in the SAL, though he only ranks 29th in the league in innings pitched.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (41-28) @ State College (44-25) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Chad Kuhl (2-4, 2.18)
Yesterday’s Result: State College 9, Jamestown 8 (game one) State College 8, Jamestown 2 (game two)

Chad Kuhl will get the start today, his 12th of the year. He has thrown 45.1 innings, allowing 41 hits, no homers and five walks. Kuhl has 26 strikeouts, a 1.10 GO/AO ratio and a .243 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, surrendering one run on five hits and no walks. He has not allowed an earned run in 24 road innings. Batters are hitting .176 against him in road games, .310 when he pitches in Jamestown.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (32-27) @ Nationals (49-9) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Jonathan Sandfort  (2-2, 4.95)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 1, Phillies 0

Jonathan Sandfort will likely make his tenth start today. He has also pitched once in relief. Sandfort has thrown a total of 36.1 innings, allowing 39 hits, three homers and 14 walks. He has 35 strikeouts, a 1.69 GO/AO ratio and a .281 BAA. In his last start, he went 3.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and one walk. Sandfort was originally scheduled for Thursday’s game, with today being the normal spot for Blake Taylor, so Taylor is a possibility to pitch today.

DSL: Pirates1 (40-31)
Yesterday’s Result: Season Complete

DSL: Pirates2 (46-26)  
Yesterday’s Result: Season Complete

Recent Transactions

8/30 Casey Sadler promoted to Indianapolis.

8/28 Carlos Paulino promoted to Indianapolis.

8/28 Eric Wood activated from disabled list.

8/28 Oderman Rocha assigned to Jamestown.

8/27 Joely Rodriguez placed on disabled list. Zack Von Rosenberg activated from disabled list.

8/24 Wyatt Mathisen activated from disabled list and added to Jamestown roster.

8/24 Kurt Yacko activated from disabled list. Kevin Kleis and David Valesente placed on disabled list

8/20 John Kuchno added to West Virginia roster from Jamestown. Francisco Aponte sent to Jamestown.

8/19 James McDonald assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.

8/19 Travis Snider assigned to Altoona on rehab.

8/19 Wyatt Mathisen assigned to Jamestown on rehab.

8/17 Candon Myles promoted to Jamestown. Jeff Roy placed on disabled list.

8/16 Eric Wood placed on disabled list. Francisco Aponte promoted to West Virginia. Adam Landecker promoted to Jamestown.

8/15 Ali Solis sent to Altoona from Indianapolis.

8/15 John Kuchno sent to Jamestown. Jimmy Rider added to West Virginia roster.

8/15 Tyler Waldron promoted to Altoona. Kirk Singer added to Bradenton roster

8/11 Francisco Aponte activated from Jamestown disabled list.

8/11 Kenn Kasparek activated from Altoona disabled list. Ethan Hollingsworth placed on disabled list.

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I’d like to see Kingham bumped up for the playoffs to potentially get over 150IP this season. IMO next year at this time it’s going to be very important if guys like Taillon and Kingham are reaching their career innings highs now rather than already exceeding them. Many of the potential starters for the AAA playoffs should either come up to Pittsburgh on 9/1 or are organizational depth who should not be given extra opportunities at the expense of a guy like Kingham. My AAA playoff rotation would be Taillon, Kingham, Sadler with guys like Oliver, Johnson, Cumpton and Pimentel in Pittsburgh and guys like Godfrey moving to long relief.

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