Six games on the schedule today, as one new team gets their season started. The Bristol Pirates play their first game tonight. Indianapolis has off today. Both West Virginia and Bradenton start the second half of their season tonight. Neither won the first half title. Check out the Prospect Watch from last night. For a look at possible starters down the line, check out our Probable Starter Chart. 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.
AAA: Indianapolis (43-30) @ Norfolk (29-44) 7:05pm 6/20
Probable starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 2, Gwinnett 1
Indianapolis is off today. They resume play on Friday, on the road against Norfolk. Indianapolis currently sits in first place in their division, four games ahead of second place Columbus. Norfolk and Indianapolis split a four game series in early May. This current four game series is the last time these two teams will meet this year.
AA: Altoona (26-42) @ New Hampshire (29-41) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Pat Ludwig (0-1, 9.00)
Yesterday’s Result: New Hampshire 6, Altoona 5
Pat Ludwig will make his first start for Altoona tonight. He pitched once in relief for the Curve, giving up three runs on six hits over three innings. Ludwig started the year with Bradenton, where he made four starts and 11 relief appearances. On the season, he has pitched 53 innings, giving up 61 hits, six homers and 13 walks. He has 41 strikeouts, a 1.30 GO/AO ratio and a .284 BAA.
High-A: Bradenton (35-34, 0-0 2nd half) @ Jupiter (27-42) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Tyler Glasnow (3-3, 1.90)
Yesterday’s Result: Ft Myers 5, Bradenton 0
Tyler Glasnow will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He has thrown 42.2 innings, giving up 24 hits, no homers and 28 walks. He has 48 strikeouts, an 0.85 GO/AO ratio and a .168 BAA. The first half of the season is now over and Bradenton had one suspended game wiped out due to rain. In that game, Glasnow allowed just one hit over four innings and had seven strikeouts. The only upside for Glasnow, is that the one hit in that game was a solo homer, which would have been the only homer he allowed this year. In his last three starts combined, he has thrown 15.2 shutout innings, giving up just six hits.
Low-A: West Virginia (20-48, 0-0 2nd half) @ Lakewood (27-42) 7:05pm
Probable starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was off yesterday
West Virginia returns to action tonight after three days off for the All-Star break. They will take on Lakewood on the road for a four game series. No starter has been announced for tonight’s game yet.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (2-4) @ Williamsport (3-3) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Marek Minarik (0-0, 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Williamsport 5, Jamestown 4 in 11 innings
Marek Minarik will make his second start of the season. In his debut, he went four shutout innings, giving up one hit, three walks and he had three strikeouts. Minarik did not pitch in the United States in 2013. He pitched in the Philadelphia Phillies system, spending two seasons(2011-12) in the Gulf Coast League. He was signed as a minor league free agent by the Pirates in December. Check out the Jamestown Jammers season preview.
RK: Bristol (0-0) @ Princeton (0-0) 7:05pm
Today’s Probable: Omar Basulto (NR)
The Bristol Pirates will play their first game ever tonight. The team plays in the Appalachian League and has a 68 game schedule that runs through the end of August. Omar Basulto will start the opener. He pitched the last two seasons in the DSL. Last year, Basulto made 14 starts and one relief appearance. In 69 innings, he had a 2.09 ERA, with 60 hits allowed, three homers and 14 walks. He had 62 strikeouts, a 1.21 GO/AO ratio and a .233 BAA. Check out the Bristol Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (6-10) vs Cubs (11-4) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Mets2 3, Pirates 1
Check out the DSL Pirates second week recap.
6/19: Jared LaKind assigned to Jamestown
6/18: Pirates release Cody Eppley.
6/17: Jason Townsend sent to Jamestown on rehab assignment.
6/12: Nick Kingham promoted to Indianapolis. Kenn Kasparek added to Altoona roster.
6/12: Pat Ludwig promoted to Altoona. Robby Rowland activated from Bradenton disabled list.
6/10: Gregory Polanco promoted to Majors. Brent Morel activated from disabled list.
6/9: Pirates release Cameron Griffin, Mitch Slauter, Mike Spano and Beau Wallace.
6/8: Walker Gourley placed on disabled list. D.J. Crumlich activated from Bradenton disabled list.
6/6: Stolmy Pimentel assigned to Altoona on rehab.
6/6: A.J. Morris promoted to Indianapolis.
6/6: Chris Dickerson activated from disabled list. Jake Brigham placed on disabled list.
6/5: Vin Mazzaro assigned to Indianapolis.
6/5: Yao-Hsun Yang added to Altoona roster. Tyler Sample placed on disabled list.
6/5: Robby Rowland placed on disabled list. Jeff Inman assigned to Bradenton roster.
6/4: Luis Heredia activated from disabled list. Miguel Rosario assigned to Jamestown roster.
6/3: Jose Osuna and Jordan Steranka activated from Bradenton disabled list. D.J. Crumlich and Ashley Ponce placed on disabled list.
6/3: Wirfin Obispo assigned to Indianapolis.
6/2: Stolmy Pimentel assigned to Bradenton on rehab.
5/31: Brent Morel placed on disabled list.
5/31: Junior Sosa added to Altoona roster.
5/30: Eight players released from DSL roster.
5/30: Mel Rojas Jr. promoted to Indianapolis. Chris Dickerson placed on disabled list.
5/30: Brandon Mann released. Ryan Beckman added to Altoona roster.
5/30: Kenn Kasparek added to Indianapolis roster.
5/29: Francisco Diaz assigned to Jamestown roster.
5/28: Candon Myles activated from the disabled list. Adam Landecker assigned to Jamestown roster.
5/27: Kawika Emsley-Pai assigned from Altoona to West Virginia.
5/26: Ralph Henriquez sent from Indianapolis to Altoona. Cody Eppley assigned to Indianapolis.
5/24: Andy Otamendi assigned to Extended Spring Training. Orlando Castro assigned to Bradenton.
5/23 Tony Sanchez assigned to Indianapolis.
5/23: Josh Wall assigned to Indianapolis roster.
5/22: Edwin Espinal activated from disabled list. Candon Myles placed on disabled list.
5/21: Andy Otamendi added to Bradenton roster. Orlando Castro assigned to Jamestown.
5/20: Omir Santos placed on disabled list. Ralph Henriquez assigned to Indianapolis.
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Thinking this could be one of glasnows last starts he might get one more
Possibly. I don’t even think it would be out of rushing him. However, now that he has a handle on high-A, it just doesn’t seem like a challenge for him, from a numbers standpoint anyhow. I’m sure to the Pirates that it’s more of an issue of, how consistent is the command; for the fastball and change up. Maybe most important would be that change up. You’d think they’d prefer him to be more comfortable for 3 pitches to work with before moving him up.
I think he is probably a month away from being sent to Altoona. Normally, they move pitchers up right around now, but Glasnow missed the first month. Also as Ian mentioned, his change and command are both still works in progress, so no need to rush him. He can dominate lesser hitters with an overpowering fastball and little else, but the higher you go, the less success you have without the change and command.