All four teams were on the schedule today, but the weather isn’t cooperating. Indianapolis was rained out yesterday. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 10th. Indianapolis, Altoona and West Virginia are all rained out today. Check out the Prospect Watch from last night. For a look at possible starters down the line, check out our Probable Starter Chart. All minor league transactions over the last month can be found at the bottom of the page.
AAA: Indianapolis (9-2) vs Columbus (3-7) 11:05am Postponed
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (1-0, 2.08)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis was rained out
Casey Sadler will make his third start of the season today. He went six innings in his debut against Columbus, allowing one run on four hits and a walk, with three strikeouts. Sadler lasted seven innings in his second game, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. He made 23 starts for Altoona and one late season start for Indianapolis. Sadler threw a total of 136.1 innings, allowing 123 hits, 12 homers and 43 walks. He had 72 strikeouts, a 1.69 GO/AO ratio and a .244 BAA. In his lone Indianapolis start, he allowed three earned runs over six innings.
AA: Altoona (3-7) @ Harrisburg (3-8) 7:00pm Postponed
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (1-1, 2.45)
Yesterday’s Result: Harrisburg 4, Altoona 3 in 10 innings
Adrian Sampson will make his third start of the season tonight. He went six innings in his debut, allowing two runs on five hits and no walks. He had six strikeouts in the game, one short of his career high. In his second outing, he went five innings and gave up one run on three hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. Sampson pitched for Bradenton last year, throwing a total of 140 innings over 25 starts and one relief appearance. He gave up 177 hits, 18 homers and 22 walks. He had 85 strikeouts, a 1.11 GO/AO ratio and a .310 BAA
High-A: Bradenton (6-5) @ Palm Beach (6-5) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Pat Ludwig (0-0, 1.29)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 5, Palm Beach 2
Pat Ludwig will make his first start of the season tonight. He has had two extended outings in relief this year. In his debut, Ludwig went three innings, allowing two unearned runs on two hits and a walk. In his second game, he went four innings, giving up one run on three hits and two walks. Ludwig has eight strikeouts and a 1.33 GO/AO ratio. Bradenton will face Marco Gonzales, the Cardinals first round pick from last year, who threw five shutout innings in his debut last week against the Marauders.
Low-A: West Virginia (5-7) vs Asheville (7-5) 7:05pm Postponed
Probable starter: Buddy Borden (0-0, 3.00)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 3, Asheville 2
Buddy Borden will make his third start of the season tonight. He went four innings in his debut, allowing three runs on three hits, one homer and two walks, while striking out five batters. In his second start, Borden threw five shutout innings. He allowed six hits, one walk and struck out four batters. He was the seventh round draft pick of the Pirates last year. Borden made three starts and three relief appearances for Jamestown. In 16.2 innings, he allowed ten hits, no homers and walked five batters. Borden struck out 23 batters in his short time, while holding hitters to a .169 average.
4/14: Luis Heredia placed on disabled list. Brett McKinney added to West Virginia roster.
4/13: Adalberto Santos transferred from Indianapolis to Jamestown roster.
4/12: Vin Mazzaro assigned to Indianapolis. Josh Kinney transferred to Jamestown roster.
4/11: Chris Stewart transferred from Bradenton to Indianapolis.
4/11: Jeff Locke activated from disabled list. Assigned to Indianapolis.
4/7: Barrett Barnes and Harold Ramirez placed on disabled list. Adam Landecker and Justin Maffei added to West Virginia roster.
4/6: Chris Stewart assigned to Bradenton on rehab.
4/5: Robert Andino placed on disabled list. Blake Davis added to Indianapolis roster.
4/4: Stetson Allie added to Altoona roster. Junior Sosa transferred to Jamestown roster.
4:4 Kenn Kasparek and Quinton Miller placed on disabled list. Brandon Mann added to Altoona roster.
3/29: Quincy Latimore and Erick Fernandez released.
3/27: Traded a player to be named later in exchange for Keon Broxton.
3/25: Acquired Vance Worley in exchange for cash.
3/22: Six minor league players released. Carlos Mesa, Cesar Lopez, Axel Diaz, Elvin Ramirez, Kirk Singer and Eliecer Navarro.
3/20 Zac Fuesser, Ethan Hollingsworth, Kevin Kleis and Dalton Friend released.
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Guys. Love the minor league wrap ups. I see this one is called “Minor League Schedule.” What do you call the ones where you are wrapping up each affiliate’s games for the night?
Prospect Watch. Goes up every night shortly after the final game ends
Will Kingham pitch in the current Altoona/Harrisburg series?
Kingham is scheduled as of now, to go tomorrow. It’s a 10:30am start, so if you plan on going….
Double header I assume….crap…I can’t make that time, but wish I could…maybe i will see if I can catch him in Reading soon?
Single game and it will probably be Sampson starting. I’m going to say no to seeing Kingham at either Harrisburg or Reading this year. They don’t play either on the road until early July and I fully expect him to be in AAA by then. Indianapolis plays in Lehigh Valley is early June, he MIGHT be there by then, no guarantee.