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Minor League Schedule: Dickson Makes Second Start Tonight

Cody Dickson, the Pirates fourth round draft pick from this year, will make his second pro start tonight. He threw three no-hit innings in his first career game. Bradenton has an early morning start time today. 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.

Cesilio Pimentel gets his first start in the GCL
Cesilio Pimentel gets his first start in the GCL

AAA: Indianapolis (52-27) vs Rochester (39-40) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kris Johnson (6-3, 2.82)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 10, Charlotte 5

Kris Johnson will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched five times in relief. As a starter, he is 6-2, 2.44 in 62.2 innings. He has a 5.06 ERA as a reliever in 10.2 innings. In 73.1 total innings, he has given up 68 hits, three homers and 27 walks. He has 54 strikeouts, a 1.44 GO/AO ratio and a .248 BAA. In his last start, he threw six shutout innings on the road, giving up four hits, two walks and he struck out five batters. In his previous outing, he allowed one run over six innings.

AA: Altoona (34-41) vs New Britain (36-40) 7:00pm  
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (7-4, 3.06)
Yesterday’s Result:  New Britain 6, Altoona 4 (game one) Altoona 2, New Britain 0 (game two)

Casey Sadler will get his 16th start of the season today. He leads the organization with 94 innings pitched. He’s allowed 86 hits, seven homers and 24 walks. Sadler has 54 strikeouts, a 1.77 GO/AO ratio and a .249 BAA. He has gone at least six full innings in nine of his last ten starts, with the lone exception being 5.2 innings on 6/2 in his last road start. In his last outing, Sadler allowed three runs on nine hits and three walks in 6.1 innings. He is 5-0 on the road and 2-4 at home this year.

High-A: Bradenton (30-43 overall, 4-1 2nd half) @ St Lucie (39-32) 10:30am
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (0-7, 5.37)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 6, St Lucie 4 in 12 innings

Matt Benedict will get his ninth start of the season this morning. He has also pitched six times in relief. As a starter, he is 0-5, 5.54 in 37.1 innings, with a .350 BAA. On the year, he has pitched 53.2 innings, allowing four homers and 16 walks. Benedict has 30 strikeouts, a 1.57 GO/AO ratio and a .341 BAA. In his last start, he allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in five innings. He faced St Lucie on May 26th in relief, giving up four runs over two innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (40-35 overall, 3-2 2nd half) vs Hagerstown (42-30) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Clay Holmes (2-5, 5.26)
Yesterday’s Result: Hagerstown 12, West Virginia 5

Clay Holmes will make his 15th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 63.1 innings, giving up 62 hits, five homers and 43 walks. He has 41 strikeouts, a 1.88 GO/AO ratio and a .262 BAA. In his last start, Holmes lasted just 3.1 innings,  allowing four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out one batter. At home this year, he is 0-4, 6.46 in nine starts. He faced Hagerstown on 6/7 and gave up five runs(four earned) over five innings.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (5-3) @ State College (5-3) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Cody Dickson (0-0, 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result: State College 6, Jamestown 0

Cody Dickson will make the second start of his pro career. In his first game, he threw three no-hit innings, allowing one walk, while striking out six batters. He was the fourth round pick in the 2013 amateur draft for the Pirates. Dickson is a 21-year-old 6’3″ lefty, who went 9-5, 4.26 in 95 innings for Sam Houston State this season. He held batters to a .185 BAA and struck out 91, but also issued 51 walks.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (2-1) vs GCL Blue Jays (2-1) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Cesilio Pimentel (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 6, Blue Jays 5

Cesilio Pimentel will make his first start of the season. He has spent the last two season in the DSL, where he went 3-3, 2.75 in six starts and eight relief appearances last year. He had 38 strikeouts and a .229 BAA in 52.1 innings. In 2011, Pimentel went 1-1, 2.31 in three starts and four relief outings. In 23.1 innings, he had 31 strikeouts and a .211 BAA. For a preview of the GCL roster, check out our article here.

DSL: Pirates1 (9-11) vs Marlins (7-13) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates1 6, Phillies 2

DSL: Pirates2 (10-9) vs Tigers (13-6) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 9, Cardinals 8

Recent Transactions

6/24 Vic Black activated from Indianapolis DL. Oscar Tejeda sent to Altoona

6/23 Wandy Rodriguez added to Indianapolis roster on rehab.

6/21 Jose Tabata added to Indianapolis roster on rehab. Ali Solis promoted to Indianapolis

6/19 Stetson Allie and Orlando Castro promoted to Bradenton

6/19 Luis Heredia and Clario Perez added to West Virginia roster

6/19 Jerry Sands placed on disabled list. Oscar Tejeda promoted to Indianapolis.

6/19 Taylor Lewis placed on disabled list. Daniel Grovatt activated from DL and added to Bradenton roster

6/19 Kelson Brown placed on disabled list.

6/19 Chris Diaz added to West Virginia roster.

6/17 Joely Rodriguez promoted to Bradenton. Jordan Steranka added to West Virginia roster.

6/17 Eliecer Navarro promoted to Altoona.

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Dickson IMO, is exactly the kind of pitcher the Pirates will tweek and he will emerge as a pretty good pitcher going forward. Just an opinion.
This site does not talk much about the baseball people that work with these guys, a nice piece on the coaches in the minor league system might be nice.
For example: Who would Dickson be working with to correct his deficiencies.
Who would Heredia work with among others.

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