Six teams on the schedule today. The GCL and DSL Pirates have Sundays off. 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 (56-53) @ Rochester (59-48) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (5-2, 2.61)
Yesterday’s Result: Rochester 1, Indianapolis 0
Brandon Cumpton will make his tenth start for Indianapolis today. He has also started ten times for the Pirates. Cumpton has thrown 58.2 innings for Indianapolis, giving up 56 hits, five homers and 17 walks. He has 29 strikeouts, a 1.52 GO/AO ratio and a .265 BAA. In his last start, he gave up eight runs on 12 hits and two walks in 4.2 innings. Cumpton is facing Kris Johnson today. He pitched for Indianapolis the last two years, briefly appearing in the Majors with the Pirates. He led the International League in ERA last season and has a 2.75 mark this year.
AA: Altoona (43-65) @ Bowie (54-53) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Pat Ludwig (1-4, 6.43)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 11, Bowie 0
Pat Ludwig is scheduled to get the start for Altoona tonight. He has made five starts and one relief appearance for Altoona. In his last start, which was for Bradenton on Monday, he gave up two runs over seven innings. In 88.2 innings this year, Ludwig has a 23/67 BB/SO ratio and a 1.28 GO/AO ratio.
High-A: Bradenton (57-46, 22-12 2nd half) @ Lakeland (50-51) 1:00pm
Probable starter: Tyler Glasnow (7-4, 1.64)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 5, Lakeland 1
Tyler Glasnow will make his 17th start of the season today. He has thrown 82.1 innings, allowing 50 hits, one homer and 41 walks. He leads all Pirates minor league pitchers with 97 strikeouts. Glasnow has an 0.76 GO/AO ratio and a .178 BAA. In his last start, he threw six shutout innings, picking up 11 strikeouts. He has made eight starts on the road and eight at home. Glasnow has a 2.13 ERA at home and 1.22 on the road.
Low-A: West Virginia (37-67, 17-19 2nd half) @ Rome (37-69) 2:00pm
Probable starter: Luis Heredia (1-3, 4.72)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 9, Rome 8
Luis Heredia will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 47.2 innings, allowing 45 hits, six homers and 26 walks. He has 22 strikeouts, a 1.11 GO/AO ratio and a .247 BAA. In his last start, Heredia gave up two runs on six hits and two walks in six innings. He did not pick up a strikeout. He has a 5.06 ERA in six road starts. Heredia has a 6.00 ERA in four July starts.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (17-25) @ Auburn (19-22) 5:05pm
Probable Starter: Marek Minarik (1-3, 5.34)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 4, Batavia 2 in 10 innings
Marek Minarik will make his ninth start of the season tonight. He has thrown 32 innings, allowing 30 hits, two homers and 20 walks. He has 17 strikeouts, a 1.81 GO/AO ratio and a .252 BAA. In his last start, Minarik gave up four runs on three hits and a walk in 3.2 innings. He allowed five runs over 1.2 innings in his previous outing. In three home starts, he has a 3.55 ERA and .146 BAA. On the road, Minarik has a 6.52 ERA and .308 BAA.
RK: Bristol (10-24) @ Greeneville (18-18) 6:00pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Greeneville 2, Bristol 1 (game one) Greeneville 4, Bristol 0 (game two)
Check out the Bristol season preview.
GCL: Pirates (11-19) vs Phillies (15-16) 12:00pm 7/28
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Blue Jays 3, Pirates 1 in 11 innings
Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (22-26) vs Yankees2 (25-22) 10:30am 7/28
Yesterday’s Result: Blue Jays 3, Pirates 0
Check out the DSL Pirates seventh week recap.
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.
6/30: Austin Meadows, Barrett Barnes and Collin Balester assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.
6/28: Stetson Allie activated from disabled list.
6/28: Omir Santos activated from disabled list. Brent Morel placed on disabled list.
6/28: JaCoby Jones activated from disabled list. Wyatt Mathisen placed on disabled list.
6/28: Nate Baker and Dan Gamache assigned to Jamestown on rehab.
6/28: Pirates release Alexander Gutierrez.
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