Both Bradenton and West Virginia have morning start times today. Indianapolis has an early afternoon game, while Altoona plays the only night game. Stolmy Pimentel will be on the mound for the Curve, looking to bounce back from his only bad start of the season. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. We have added a 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.
AAA: Indianapolis (28-12) VS Buffalo (23-14) 1:35pm
Probable starter: Brooks Brown (1-0, 2.33)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 10, Buffalo 4
Brooks Brown will make his fourth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched six times in relief. As a starter, he is 0-0, 2.25 in 12 innings, with seven hits, four walks and 11 strikeouts. He pitched eight scoreless innings over his first two starts, then in his last start five days ago, he allowed three runs in four innings. Brown is holding batters to a .200 average and he has a 1.43 GO/AO ratio.
AA: Altoona (17-21) VS Trenton (20-18) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Stolmy Pimentel (2-0, 1.99)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 5, Trenton 3
Stolmy Pimentel will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 40.2 innings, allowing 30 hits, three homers and 21 walks. He has 35 strikeouts, a 0.95 GO/AO ratio and a .205 BAA. Pimentel allowed six runs over 4.1 innings in his last outing. In his six previous starts combined, he gave up just three earned runs. He had an 0.30 April ERA and was selected as our April Pirates Pitcher of the Month.
High-A: Bradenton (15-23) @ Clearwater (18-18) 10:30am
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (0-6, 3.57)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 8, Clearwater 7
Eliecer Navarro will make his seventh start of the season today. He also pitched once in relief early in the year. Despite not allowing more than three earned runs in any game this season, Navarro has still yet to pick up a victory and he leads all Pirates minor leaguers with those six losses. In his last outing, he went five innings, allowing three runs on six hits, while picking up six strikeouts. In 35.1 innings this season, Navarro has walked seven and struck out 33 batters.
Low-A: West Virginia (19-19) @ Hickory (20-17) 11:00am
Probable starter: Orlando Castro (3-3, 1.58)
Yesterday’s Result: Hickory 2, West Virginia 1
Orlando Castro will make his eighth start of the season today. He has pitched in some bad luck this year, giving up seven earned runs in seven starts, but has still been changed with three losses and a no-decision. Castro has pitched a total of 40 innings, allowing 31 hits, two homers, two walks and he has 35 strikeouts. He also has a 1.38 GO/AO ratio and a .221 BAA. In his last start, Castro went seven innings for the first time, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk. Left-handed batters are hitting surprisingly well of the lefty, batting .320 this year. He is 1-2, 1.19 in four road starts.
5/13 Jake Burnette added to West Virginia roster. Clay Holmes placed on DL.
5/13 Jeff Karstens added to Bradenton roster.
5/9 Neil Walker added to Altoona roster.
5/9 Zach Thornton added to Altoona roster. Justin Howard and Jeff Inman added to Disabled List. Jason Townsend activated from DL.
5/9 Cesar Lopez added to Bradenton roster.
5/8 Duke Welker promoted to majors. Josh Harrison rejoins Indianapolis.
5/8 Tim Alderson promoted to Indianapolis. Quinton Miller promoted to Altoona. Jhondaniel Medina added to Bradenton roster.
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