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Minor League Schedule: Billy Roth Makes Pro Debut

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Today is scheduled to be the pro debut of 2013 draft pick, Billy Roth. The Pirates went overslot to sign him away from college. West Virginia has a doubleheader 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. The latest Dominican Summer League recap can be found here.

Kris Johnson has pitched well all season
Kris Johnson has pitched well all season

AAA: Indianapolis (63-45) vs Syracuse (46-59) 7:05pm
Probable starter:  Kris Johnson (9-4, 2.52)
Yesterday’s Result: Syracuse 5, Indianapolis 2

Kris Johnson will make his 17th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched five times in relief. As a starter, he is 9-3, 2.23 in 96.2 innings. He has 76 strikeouts on the year, a 1.66 GO/AO ratio and a .232 BAA. In his last two starts combined, Johnson has thrown 13 scoreless innings, allowing six hits and three walks. At home, he is 3-2, 2.18 in six starts and four relief appearances.

AA: Altoona (48-56) @ New Hampshire (52-51) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (2-4, 4.62)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 13, New Hampshire 6

Eliecer Navarro will make his eighth start for Altoona tonight. He went 1-9, 2.86 in 11 starts and two relief appearances for Bradenton. Between both stops, he has pitched 108.1 innings, giving up 99 hits, nine homers and 26 walks. Navarro has 85 strikeouts, an 0.76 GO/AO ratio and a .236 BAA. In his last start, he gave three runs(two earned) on four hits and one walk over four innings pitched.

High-A: Bradenton (38-64 overall, 12-22 2nd half) @ Brevard County (52-46) 6:35pm 
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (3-7, 5.26)
Yesterday’s Result:  Bradenton 10, Brevard County 2

Zack Dodson will make his 15th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. Dodson has pitched a total of 77 innings, allowing 86 hits, ten homers and 29 walks. He has 36 strikeouts, a 1.18 GO/AO ratio and a .276 BAA. In his last start, Dodson went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. It was his second straight win. He has not struck out more than four batters in any of his last ten outings.

Low-A: West Virginia (56-44 overall, 19-11 2nd half) @ Lexington (53-45) 5:35pm DH
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (2-2, 2.99) and Kyle Haynes (1-1, 2.66)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 4, Lexington 1

Jason Creasy will get his eighth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched 18 times in relief. As a starter, he is 0-2, 2.56 in 31.2 innings. He has pitched a total of 69.1 innings this year, allowing 72 hits, six homers and 18 walks. Creasy has 61 strikeouts, a 1.27 GO/AO ratio and a .264 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks. In game two, Kyle Haynes will get the spot start. He has started once this year and pitched 33 times in relief. In his only start, he went three innings, giving up one unearned run on one hit, two walks and he picked up seven strikeouts.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (24-13) @ Williamsport (20-17) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Cody Dickson (0-0, 3.93)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 4, Williamsport 3

Cody Dickson will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has pitched 18.1 innings, allowing 15 hits, one homer and ten walks. He has 23 strikeouts, an 0.65 GO/AO ratio and a .227 BAA. In his last start, Dickson went four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk. He faced Williamsport in his first start, throwing three scoreless innings with six strikeouts.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (17-14) vs GCL Blue Jays (14-15) 10:00am
Probable Starter: Billy Roth (Pro Debut)
Yesterday’s Result: Blue Jays 1, Pirates 0 (game one) Pirates 2, Blue Jays 1 (game two)

Billy Roth will make his pro debut today. He was draft this year in the 16th round and signed to an overslot deal worth $190,000. For more info, check the link on his name.

DSL: Pirates1 (27-20) vs Phillies (26-21) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result:  Phillies 2, Pirates1 1 in 8 innings (game one) Pirates1 8, Phillies 1 (game two)

DSL: Pirates2 (25-20) vs Braves (20-24) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result:  Pirates2 14, Braves 9

Recent Transactions

7/25 Tyler Waldron added to Bradenton roster on rehab.

7/25 Barrett Barnes placed on disabled list.

7/24 Chase d’Arnaud activated from disabled list. Jeff Larish placed on Indianapolis disabled list.

7/24 Ali Solis promoted to Indianapolis. Miguel Perez activated from Altoona disabled list.

7/20 Dan Cervette assigned to Bradenton roster. Andy Otamendi sent to GCL Pirates.

7/19 Neil Walker assigned to Indianapolis on rehab assignment.

7/19 Beau Wallace assigned to GCL Pirates.

7/18 Pirates release Jose Contreras. Atahualpa Severino activated from Temporary Inactive List

7/17 Andy Otamendi assigned to Bradenton. Matt Benedict placed on disabled list.

7/17 Ryan Beckman promoted to Altoona. Oderman Rocha assigned to Bradenton roster

7/17 Luis Urena promoted to West Virginia. Jimmy Rider assigned to Jamestown.

7/14 Zack Thornton promoted to Indianapolis. Oscar Tejeda assigned to Altoona.

7/14 Thomas Harlan promoted to Bradenton. Cesar Lopez added to West Virginia roster.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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