Minor League Schedule: Blake Taylor Gets The Start Today

Down in the Gulf Coast League, 2013 second round draft pick Blake Taylor is scheduled to make the third start of his pro career. He has pitched well in his first two outings. The GCL Pirates have 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.

Joely Rodriguez picked up his first Bradenton win last start
Joely Rodriguez picked up his first Bradenton win last start

AAA: Indianapolis (63-43) vs Syracuse (45-59) 7:15pm
Probable starter:  Graham Godfrey (3-3, 5.31)
Yesterday’s Result: Charlotte 1, Indianapolis 0 (game one) Charlotte 5, Indianapolis 4 (game two)

Graham Godfrey will make his 11th start of the season tonight, seventh since joining Indianapolis. He has also pitched 13 times in relief this season. With Indianapolis, Godfrey has pitched a total of 39 innings, allowing 44 hits, eight homers and seven walks. He has 22 strikeouts, a 1.07 GO/AO ratio and a .282 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, giving up one run on six hits

AA: Altoona (47-56) @ New Hampshire (52-50) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (2-1, 7.15)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 5, New Hampshire 0

Nate Baker will make his first start of the season tonight. He has pitched 29 times in relief this year, throwing a total of 39 innings. Prior to this season, Baker had made 64 minor league starts. He has pitched much better recently, especially since the All-Star break. In his last five appearances, Baker has thrown a total of seven shutout innings. On the year, he has 36 strikeouts, a 1.19 GO/AO ratio and a .276 BAA.

High-A: Bradenton (37-64 overall, 11-22 2nd half) @ Brevard County (52-45) 6:35pm 
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (1-3, 2.36)
Yesterday’s Result:  Bradenton 4, Brevard County 2

Joely Rodriguez will make his 21st start of the season, seventh for Bradenton. With West Virginia, he went 5-5, 2.72 in 72.2 innings. In his last start, Rodriguez threw six shutout innings to pick up his first win with Bradenton. On the year, he has thrown 107 innings, allowing 110 hits, five homers and 30 walks. Rodriguez has 75 strikeouts, a 2.20 GO/AO ratio and a .270 BAA.

Low-A: West Virginia (55-44 overall, 18-11 2nd half) @ Lexington (53-44) 7:05pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (5-5, 4.38)
Yesterday’s Result: Lexington 3, West Virginia 2 (game one) West Virginia 4, Lexington 3 in 10 innings (game two)

John Kuchno will make his 17th start of the season. He has also pitched twice in relief. Kuchno has pitched a total of 90.1 innings, allowing 99 hits, four homers and 36 walks. He has 62 strikeouts, a 2.23 GO/AO ratio and a .284 BAA. In his last start, Kuchno went six innings, giving up one run on six hits and three walks. In his previous outing, he threw seven shutout innings. He has not allowed a home run in his last eight starts. Three of the four homers Kuchno has allowed came in the same game.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (23-13) @ Williamsport (20-16) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (3-2, 3.03)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 6, Batavia 3

Dovydas Neverauskas will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has pitched 29.2 innings, allowing 24 hits, two homers and seven walks. He has 16 strikeouts, a 1.09 GO/AO ratio and a .224 BAA. Neverauskas hasn’t allowed an earned run in either of his last two outings, giving up five hits and one walk over ten innings.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (16-13) vs GCL Blue Jays (13-14) 10:00am DH
Probable Starter: Blake Taylor (0-1, 1.80) and Cesilio Pimentel (0-2, 6.46)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 4, Yankees1 3 in 10 innings

Blake Taylor will make his third start of his career. The second round draft pick from this year, went two perfect innings in his debut, picking up two strikeouts. In his second outing, he went three innings, giving up one run on two hits and a walk. He did not record a strikeout in that outing. Cesilio Pimentel will make the start in game two, his sixth start of the year. He has pitched 15.1 innings, allowing 16 hits, two homers and seven walks. He has 18 strikeouts, a 1.13 GO/AO ratio and a .239 BAA.

DSL: Pirates1 (26-19) vs Phillies (25-20) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result:  Pirates1 2, Rangers 0

DSL: Pirates2 (24-20) vs Braves (20-22) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Nationals 2, Pirates 1 in 10 innings

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.

7/17  Jared Hughes assigned to Altoona on rehab.

7/14 Atahualpa Severino placed on Temporary Inactive List

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.

7/12 Russ Canzler acquired in trade for Tim Alderson. Canzler assigned to Indianapolis.

7/11 Orlando Castro placed on disabled list.

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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Another nice outing for Blake Taylor.

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