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Minor League Schedule: Haynes Adapting Well To Starting Role


The weather and scheduled off days made yesterday a limited day of action. Bradenton was rained out yesterday for the third day in a row. They won’t make up any of the three rained out games with Daytona as the two teams don’t meet again this season. Bradenton has off today. Jamestown and Altoona were off yesterday. Altoona 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.

Haynes hasn't allowed an earned run in three starts
Haynes hasn’t allowed an earned run in three starts

AAA: Indianapolis (66-52) vs Louisville (59-59) 7:05pm
Probable starter:  Brandon Cumpton (4-7, 3.69)
Yesterday’s Result: Louisville 6, Indianapolis 4

Brandon Cumpton will make his 15th start for Indianapolis tonight. He has also pitched twice in relief, made four starts for the Pirates and two starts for Altoona. Cumpton has pitched 92.2 innings in AAA, allowing 90 hits, five homers and 32 walks. He has 69 strikeouts, an impressive 2.69 GO/AO ratio and a .260 BAA. In his last start, he went six innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and two walks. At home this year(AAA only), he is 2-3, 3.12 in eight starts.

AA: Altoona (53-59) @ Binghamton (69-43) 5:35pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (3-4, 4.06) and Zack Dodson (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was off yesterday

Eliecer Navarro will make his tenth start for Altoona. Prior to joining the Curve, Navarro went 1-9, 2.86 in 11 starts and two relief appearances for Bradenton. On the season, he has pitched a total of 120.1 innings, allowing 109 hits, ten homers and 32 walks. He has 95 strikeouts, an 0.74 GO/AO ratio and a .235 BAA. In his last start, Navarro went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits and he struck out nine batters. Zack Dodson will make his AA debut in game two tonight. For Bradenton, he went 4-8, 5.05 in 16 starts and one relief appearance. In 87.1 innings, he allowed 97 hits, ten homers and 31 walks. He has 39 strikeouts, a 1.19 GO/AO ratio and a .275 BAA. In his last start, he went four innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and one walk.

High-A: Bradenton (41-68 overall, 15-26 2nd half) vs St Lucie (60-47) 6:30pm 8/7
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (3-10, 5.42)
Yesterday’s Result:  Bradenton was rained out yesterday

Bradenton is off today. They return home on Wednesday to face St Lucie for three games, then go back on the road to face Charlotte.

Low-A: West Virginia (66-47 overall, 29-14 2nd half) @ Delmarva (44-66) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kyle Haynes (1-1, 2.18)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 9, Delmarva 7

Kyle Haynes will make his fourth start of the season. He has also made 33 relief appearances. Haynes went four shutout innings in his last start, giving up two hits and three walks, while striking out five batters. In his three starts combined, he has thrown 10.2 innings without allowing an earned run. He also has 17 strikeouts over that span. On the year, Haynes has thrown a total of 53.2 innings, allowing 44 hits, one homer and 25 walks. He has 63 strikeouts, an 0.81 GO/AO ratio and a .221 BAA.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (28-18) @ Vermont (23-25) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (3-2, 2.95)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown was off yesterday

Dovydas Neverauskas will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He has pitched 36.2 innings, allowing 30 hits, three homers and ten walks. Neverauskas has 22 strikeouts, a 1.18 GO/AO ratio and a .226 BAA. In his last start, he threw three shutout innings. In each of his last five starts, he has given up three or less hits. In the month of July, Neverauskas went 3-0, 1.67 in six starts.

Rookie:  GCL Pirates (18-20) vs GCL Tigers (23-13) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Jonathan Sandfort (2-1, 4.50)
Yesterday’s Result:  Pirates 12, Tigers 9 in 10 innings

Jonathan Sandfort will make his sixth start of the season. He has also pitched once in relief. Sandfort has pitched a total of 20 innings, allowing 18 hits, three homers and five walks. He has 20 strikeouts, a 2.00 GO/AO ratio and a .234 BAA. He started off the season strong, but his last two starts haven’t gone well. In each, he lasted just two innings, allowing four runs. Each of his last four starts have been on the road. Today’s game is a home game.

DSL: Pirates1 (30-25) vs Mets2 (33-22) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Mets2 3, Pirates1 2

DSL: Pirates2 (30-23) vs Rojos (12-42) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 were suspended tied 1-1 in the 9th inning due to rain

Recent Transactions

8/6 Zack Dodson promoted to Altoona.

8/5 Jameson Taillon promoted to Indianapolis. Ethan Hollingsworth sent to Altoona.

8/3 Vic Black sent to Indianapolis. David Bromberg sent to Altoona

8/3 Robert Andino added to Indianapolis roster. Jeff Larish released

7/29 Justin Maffei promoted to Jamestown. Henrry Rosario moved from DSL to GCL.

7/29 Gift Ngoepe activated from Temporary Inactive List and added to Bradenton roster.

7/28 Tony Sanchez promoted to majors. Ali Solis promoted to Indianapolis.

7/28 Casey Sadler activated from Altoona disabled list.

7/27 David Bromberg and Ethan Hollingsworth promoted to Indianapolis. Ali Solis and Zack Thornton assigned to Altoona.

7/27 Thomas Harlan assigned to West Virginia roster. Matt Benedict activated from disabled list.

7/27 Andy Otamendi added to Jamestown roster.

7/26 Orlando Castro activated from disabled list.

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.

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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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