All four teams were on the schedule yesterday, but the weather didn’t cooperate. Only Bradenton got their game in. West Virginia will play a doubleheader today. Indianapolis will make their game up as part of a doubleheader on July 12th. Altoona will make up their game on July 12th as well. The Curve have an early morning start time 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) @ Louisville (6-5) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (1-0, 2.08) or Jeff Locke (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis was rained out
Due to consecutive rainouts, Jeff Locke is current listed as the starter for Indianapolis, with Casey Sadler now listed for Thursday. Locke injured an oblique during Spring Training and missed the start of the season. He made one rehab start for Bradenton before being sent to Indianapolis. In that start, he went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out ten batters. If Casey Sadler starts, he will make his third start of the season. 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) 10:30am
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (1-1, 2.45)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was rained out
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 (7-5) @ Palm Beach (6-6) 6:35pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (1-1, 6.23)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 5, Palm Beach 0
John Kuchno will make his third start of the season tonight. He has had night and day results in his two outings. In his debut, Kuchno threw five no-hit innings. He allowed three walks and struck out two batters. In his second game, he lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up seven runs(six earned) on nine hits and one walk, with four strikeouts. All but one of his outs have been either by ground out or strikeout.
Low-A: West Virginia (5-7) vs Asheville (7-5) 5:05pm DH
Probable starter: Buddy Borden (0-0, 3.00) and Cody Dickson (1-1, 5.59)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was rained out
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. Cody Dickson will get the start in game two for West Virginia. He threw five shutout innings in his debut against Lexington, then six days later, Lexington scored six runs on ten hits in 4.2 innings against Dickson. He has zero walks and ten strikeouts this year.
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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