All eight teams on the schedule today, with a doubleheader for Jamestown after their game from Wednesday was postponed. Indianapolis has an early afternoon 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.
AAA: Indianapolis (57-56) @ Buffalo (57-53) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (8-3, 2.85)
Yesterday’s Result: Buffalo 5, Indianapolis 4
Casey Sadler will make his 17th start for Indianapolis today. He has also pitched four times in relief for the Pirates. In 98 innings for Indianapolis, he has allowed 97 hits, seven homers and 21 walks. He has 61 strikeouts, a 1.70 GO/AO ratio and a .263 BAA. In his last starts, Sadler gave up five runs(three earned) on eight hits and no walks, with one strikeout. He has allowed at least seven hits in each of his last six starts.
AA: Altoona (46-66) vs Richmond (66-45) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (3-7, 5.25)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 6, Erie 3
Zack Dodson will make his 18th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. In his last outing, Dodson pitched a brilliant game, throwing seven shutout innings. He gave up three hits and no walks, while striking out four batters. It was a great bounce back start for him, after walking seven batters in his previous outing. Dodson has not won at home this season, going 0-5, 7.20 in six starts and one relief outing.
High-A: Bradenton (58-48, 23-14 2nd half) @ Daytona (50-55) 7:05pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (6-8, 3.54)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 9, Daytona 7
John Kuchno will make his 22nd start of the season tonight. He has thrown 117 innings, allowing 108 hits, three homers and 44 walks. He has 54 strikeouts, an impressive 2.60 GO/AO ratio and a .250 BAA. In his last start, Kuchno allowed just one run on six hits and no walks over seven innings. This will be his 14th road start this season. He has a 3.60 ERA away from McKechnie Field. Kuchno has lowered his ERA each month of this season, from a high of 4.64 in April, down to 2.70 in five starts in July.
Low-A: West Virginia (39-68, 19-20 2nd half) vs Lexington (43-66) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (5-9, 5.50)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was off yesterday
Dovydas Neverauskas will make his 21st start of the season tonight. He had one of his best career outings in his last game, giving up one run over seven innings, though he did walk four batters. In 93.1 innings this season, Neverauskas has a 43/60 BB/SO ratio, an 0.92 GO/AO ratio and a .300 BAA. His home/road splits are huge, favoring road games, where he has a 2.93 ERA. In 13 home starts, he has a 7.43 ERA.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (19-26) vs Hudson Valley (32-13) 5:05pm DH
Probable Starter: Austin Coley (0-1, 13.50) and Frank Duncan (1-2, 4.04)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown was postponed yesterday
Austin Coley will start game one of the doubleheader today. He made just two starts after being drafted in the eighth round this year, before being sidelined with a shoulder strain. Both starts were against Williamsport, with the last one coming on June 22nd, when he gave up one run over three innings. Frank Duncan is listed as the game two starter. It will be his ninth start of the season and fourth at home. He has thrown 35.2 innings, surrendering 39 hits, two homers and six walks. He has 21 strikeouts, an 0.86 GO/AO ratio and a .287 BAA. In his last start, Duncan went six innings for the first time and struck out a career-high six batters.
RK: Bristol (10-28) vs Bluefield (18-21) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: Hector Garcia (0-5, 4.07)
Yesterday’s Result: Princeton 4, Bristol 2
Hector Garcia will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He went five innings in his last outing, giving up two runs on four hits and no walks. Garcia is an 18-year-old lefty, who made his debut last year in the DSL, posting a 2.40 ERA in 41.1 innings. He has 66 strikeouts in 65.2 career innings. Check out the Bristol season preview.
GCL: Pirates (12-21) vs Astros (19-16) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Astros 4, Pirates 3 in 10 innings
Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (24-27) vs Mets2 (21-30) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 10, Mets2 9
Check out the DSL Pirates eighth week recap.
7/27: Wyatt Mathisen activated from the disabled list. Francisco Aponte sent to Jamestown.
7/27: Jake Brigham assigned to Jamestown on rehab.
7/26: Pirates sign Trace Tam Sing, assigned to Jamestown.
7/26: Adam Wilk placed on the temporary inactive list. Omir Santos activated from disabled list.
7/26: A.J. Morris assigned to the GCL Pirates on rehab.
7/25: Matt Curry activated from disabled list.
7/25: Pat Ludwig assigned to Altoona. Joan Montero assigned to Bradenton.
7/24: Orlando Castro placed on disabled list. Matt Benedict assigned to Altoona.
7/23: Barrett Barnes placed on disabled list. Justin Howard activated from disabled list and assigned to Bradenton.
7/23: West Virginia places Danny Collins, Chris Diaz and Justin Topa on disabled list. Maximo Rivera, Jared LaKind and Francisco Aponte assigned to West Virginia.
7/23: Nathan Sopena promoted to Jamestown. Jose Salazar promoted to Bristol.
7/21: Tyler Sample assigned to Bradenton.
7/18: Pirates release Jason Townsend.
7/17: Josh Bell promoted to Altoona. Ralph Henriquez placed on DL.
7/17: Andrew Lambo activated from DL. Matt Curry placed on DL. Jhonathan Ramos assigned to Altoona.
7/14: Pirates release Duke Welker.
7/12: Pirates sign Rafael Perez. Perez assigned to Indianapolis.
7/11: Pirates release Jorge Mendoza.
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.
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