All four teams on the schedule tonight, including the first place Bradenton Marauders, who will send Jason Creasy out to the mound for his fourth start of the year. He will be the first Pirates minor league pitcher to make four starts this season. 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 (10-3) @ Louisville (7-6) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (1-0, 2.25)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6, Louisville 2
Brandon Cumpton will make his third start of the season tonight. In his season debut, he threw six scoreless innings. He came back and threw six innings against Toledo last Thursday, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out five batters. Cumpton has a 1.89 GO/AO ratio this year.
AA: Altoona (4-8) vs Richmond (9-5) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Tyler Sample (1-0, 2.57)
Yesterday’s Result: Richmond 2, Altoona 1
Tyler Sample will make his second start of the season tonight. He made his debut in relief, giving up one unearned run over three innings. In his lone start, Sample allowed two runs over four innings against Richmond. He has had control issues in the past and this season is no different early on. In seven innings, Sample has issued nine walks, though he has given up only three hits.
High-A: Bradenton (9-5) vs Jupiter (6-8) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (0-0, 2.45)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 2, Jupiter 1
Jason Creasy will make his fourth start of the season tonight. In his last game, he threw six shutout innings against today’s opponent, Jupiter. In each of his first two starts, Creasy gave up two runs and failed to get through five innings of work. In 14.2 innings this year, he has given up 14 hits, one homer and five walks. He has five strikeouts, a .269 BAA and a 1.62 GO/AO ratio.
Low-A: West Virginia (7-8) @ Kannapolis (6-9) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (2-0, 1.80)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 4, Kannapolis 3
Dovydas Neverauskas will make his third start of the season tonight. He has allowed one run over five innings in each of his first two outings and picked up the victory in each game. Neverauskas has allowed ten hits, no homers, four walks and he has nine strikeouts. Last year for Jamestown, he had a 4.01 ERA in 15 starts.
4/17: Eric Wood activated from disabled list and added to Bradenton roster. D.J. Crumlich reassigned to minor league camp.
4/16: Collin Balester activated from disabled list and assigned to Bradenton.
4/16: Adalberto Santos assigned to Indianapolis. Jay Jackson transferred to Jamestown roster.
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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