Big day today, as 18-year-old Luis Heredia makes his debut in full-season ball. Also, Wandy Rodriguez pitches in Indianapolis, attempting to return from a forearm injury that sidelined him just over two weeks ago. The GCL Pirates and both DSL teams are off today. All three resume play on Monday. 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.
AAA: Indianapolis (51-26) vs Charlotte (33-43) 1:35pm
Probable starter: Wandy Rodriguez (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 7, Charlotte 1
Wandy Rodriguez will make his first rehab start as he tries to return from left forearm tightness. He threw 40 pitches during a bullpen session on Thursday. In his last start on June 5th, Rodriguez lasted just four batters against the Braves before leaving the game. He is 6-4, 3.39 this year in 12 starts for the Pirates.
AA: Altoona (34-38) @ Bowie (34-36) 2:05pm
Probable starter: David Bromberg (3-6, 3.27)
Yesterday’s Result: Bowie 10, Altoona 9
David Bromberg will make his tenth start of the season. He has also pitched five times in relief. As a starter, he is 2-5, 2.81 in 51.1 innings, with 51 strikeouts and a .247 BAA. In his last two starts combined, Bromberg has given up one run over 13 innings, while striking out 19 batters. He has a higher road ERA(3.42 vs 3.18), but in 26.1 road innings, he has given up just one homer and held batters to a .237 average.
High-A: Bradenton (28-43 overall, 2-1 2nd half) @ St Lucie (39-31) 4:00pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (2-3, 5.56)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 5, Charlotte 3
Adrian Sampson will make his 13th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. Sampson has pitched a total of 66.1 innings this season, allowing 87 hits, 11 homers and 12 walks. He has 37 strikeouts, a 1.17 GO/AO ratio and a .318 BAA. On the road this season, he is 1-1, 4.81 in 20.1 innings. In his last start, Sampson went six innings, allowing two runs on nine hits, no walks and he struck out five batters.
Luis Heredia will make his first start of the season tonight. He has been in Extended Spring Training up until now. Heredia spent last season with State College, where he was 4-2, 2.71 in 14 starts. He pitched 66.1 innings, allowing 53 hits, two homers and twenty walks. Heredia had 40 strikeouts, a 1.52 GO/AO ratio and a .224 BAA. He spent all of 2011 in the GCL, where he went 1-2, 4.75 in 12 games, 11 as a starter.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (4-2) @ State College (4-2) 6:05pm
Probable Starter: Colten Brewer (1-0, 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Williamsport 10, Jamestown 4
Colten Brewer will make his second start of the season for Jamestown tonight. In his first start, he threw five shutout innings, allowing five hits, one walk and he struck out two batters. He spent last year in the Gulf Coast League, where he went 1-3, 3.24 in six starts and two relief appearances. Brewer pitched a total of 25 innings, allowing 24 hits, three homers and nine walks. He had 18 strikeouts, a 1.57 GO/AO ratio and a .250 BAA. He was drafted by the Pirates in the fourth round of the 2011 amateur draft. For a preview of the Jamestown roster, check out our article here.
The GCL Pirates have off today. They resume play on Monday with a two game series against the Blue Jays. For a preview of the GCL roster, check out our article here.
DSL: Pirates1 (8-11) vs Phillies (8-11) 10:30am 6/24
Yesterday’s Result: Phillies 3, Pirates1 1
DSL: Pirates2 (9-9) vs Cardinals (10-7) 10:30am 6/24
Yesterday’s Result: Cardinals 5, Pirates2 4
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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