Down in the lower levels today, two lefties are going that were high draft picks of the Pirates this year. Fourth round pick Cody Dickson and second round pick Blake Taylor are both scheduled for the lower level clubs. Altoona has a doubleheader today. Bradenton has off today. The GCL Pirates and both DSL affiliates were off yesterday. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. 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.
AAA: Indianapolis (73-57) @ Syracuse (60-70) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Graham Godfrey (9-7, 4.10)
Yesterday’s Result: Syracuse 3, Indianapolis 2
Graham Godfrey will get his 11th start for Indianapolis tonight. He has also made four relief appearances. Prior to joining Indianapolis, he went 4-3, 3.83 in four starts and nine relief outings for Pawtucket. On the season, Godfrey has thrown a total of 105.1 innings, allowing 110 hits, 15 homers and 29 walks. He has 64 strikeouts, an 0.57 GO/AO ratio and a .264 BAA. In his last start, he went seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits, one walk and he had seven strikeouts. Godfrey threw six shutout innings in each of his two previous outings.
AA: Altoona (57-67) vs Reading (52-73) 5:30pm DH
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (3-3, 3.02) and Quinton Miller (1-4, 4.30)
Yesterday’s Result: Erie 3, Altoona 1
Nick Kingham will make his tenth start for Altoona. He has also pitched twice in relief. Kingham has thrown 56.2 innings, allowing 53 hits, one homer and 24 walks. He has 46 strikeouts, an 0.89 GO/AO ratio and a .250 BAA. In his last start, he went three innings, giving up one run on five hits. He reached his single inning pitch count in the third inning, shortening the outing. Prior to joining Altoona, Kingham went 6-3, 3.09 in 13 starts for Bradenton. In game two, Quinton Miller will get the spot start. He has pitched ten times in relief for Bradenton and 27 times for Altoona. Miller hasn’t made a start since the 2011 season with Bradenton. For Altoona, he has thrown 44 innings, allowing 40 hits, three homers and 30 walks. He has 35 strikeouts, a 1.22 GO/AO ratio and a .250 BAA. He has gone three innings in four of his last six appearances.
High-A: Bradenton (50-70 overall, 24-28 2nd half) vs Jupiter (64-61) 6:30pm 8/20
Probable starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was suspended by rain
Bradenton is off today. Counting the suspended game from Sunday, which will be made up during the last series of the season, Bradenton has 14 games left. They are in last place in their division for the second half title, 5.5 games out of first.
Low-A: West Virginia (72-53 overall, 35-20 2nd half) vs Hickory (70-56) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kyle Haynes (1-3, 2.34)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 5, Hickory 4
Kyle Haynes will make his sixth start of the season. He has also made 33 relief appearances. As a starter, Haynes is 0-2, 1.61 in 22.1 innings. On the year, he has thrown 65.1 innings, allowing 51 hits, one homer and 31 walks. He has 72 strikeouts, an 0.92 GO/AO ratio and a .217 BAA. In his last start, he went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk. Haynes has a 1.23 ERA at home this season.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (34-22) vs Auburn (20-37) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Cody Dickson (2-0, 1.88)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 7, Auburn 1
Cody Dickson will make his 11th start of the season today. He has pitched a total of 38.1 innings, allowing 27 hits, one homer and 15 walks. Dickson has 43 walks, an 0.88 GO/AO ratio and a .201 BAA. In his last start, he went five shutout innings, allowing three hits, one walk and he struck out seven batters. Dickson hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last five starts, a total of 24 innings.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (24-26) vs GCL Yankees2 (31-18) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Blake Taylor (0-2, 3.86)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off yesterday
Blake Taylor will make his seventh start of the season. He has thrown 14 innings, allowing five hits, no homers, eight walks and he has six strikeouts, with a .111 BAA. In his last start, Taylor gave up four earned runs and recorded just one out. He had given up two earned runs in his first five starts combined.
DSL: Pirates1 (37-29) vs Yankees2 (15-51) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates1 were off yesterday
DSL: Pirates2 (41-23) vs Cubs (45-19) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 were off yesterday
8/17 Candon Myles promoted to Jamestown.
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.
8/8 Kurt Yacko placed on disabled list.
8/7 Zack Dodson returned to Bradenton roster.
8/6 Zack Dodson promoted to Altoona. Kenn Kasparek placed on disabled list.
8/5 Jameson Taillon promoted to Indianapolis. Ethan Hollingsworth sent to Altoona.
8/3 Vic Black sent to Indianapolis. David Bromberg sent to Altoona
8/3 Robert Andino added to Indianapolis roster. Jeff Larish released
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