Minor League Schedule: Adrian Sampson Looks To Keep Up Strong Start

There was a change in Indianapolis this morning. Casey Sadler was promoted to the majors and Tyler Waldron was promoted from Altoona to take his place. All four games today are early afternoon starts. 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.

Adrian Sampson has looked good through four starts
Adrian Sampson has looked good through four starts

AAA: Indianapolis (15-7) vs Syracuse (10-12) 1:35pm 
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (3-0, 1.67)  Tyler Waldron (AAA debut)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6, Syracuse 5

Casey Sadler was scheduled to start, but he was called up to the Pirates on Sunday. Tyler Waldron will start in his place. He has pitched seven times in relief this year, once for Altoona and six times for Bradenton. In 10.2 innings, he has allowed just three hits, no runs, one walk and has picked up 13 strikeouts.

AA: Altoona (10-10) @ Akron (11-11) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (3-1, 1.17)
Yesterday’s Result: Akron 2, Altoona 1

Adrian Sampson will get his fifth start of the season this afternoon. He has been almost as good as Casey Sadler, making three quality starts and missing a fourth by one inning. Sampson has pitched 23 innings, giving up 15 hits, one homer and six walks. He has 23 strikeouts, a 1.10 GO/AO ratio and a .188 BAA. In his last start, he tied his career-high with seven strikeouts. Sampson is holding right-handed batters to a .152 average. In his two road starts, he’s allowed one run over 11 innings.

High-A: Bradenton (13-9) @ St Lucie (13-9) 1:00pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (2-2, 4.21)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 4, St Lucie 3

John Kuchno will get his fifth start of the season today. He has had two strong starts and two poor outings. In his last game, Kuchno lasted just 1.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk. He was coming off an outing in which he threw six shutout innings. Kuchno threw five no-hit innings in his debut. He has a very impressive 4.43 GO/AO ratio. Left-handed batters are hitting .185 against him.

Low-A: West Virginia (7-14) vs Hagerstown (17-5) 2:05pm  
Probable starter: Shane Carle (0-1, 3.24)
Yesterday’s Result: Hagerstown 8, West Virginia 2

Shane Carle will make his fourth start of the season. He has pitched 16.2 innings, giving up 20 hits, three homers, one walk and has struck out 19 batters. Carle has a 1.91 GO/AO ratio and a .282 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, giving up three runs(two earned) on six hits and he had seven strikeouts. After not striking out anyone in his first start, he has at least six strikeouts in all of his last three starts.

Recent Transactions

4/27: Reese McGuire placed on disabled list. Kawika Emsley-Pai added to West Virginia roster.

4/27: Casey Sadler promoted to majors. Jared Hughes sent to Indianapolis.

4/27: Tyler Waldron promoted to Indianapolis.

4/27 Omir Santos added to Indianapolis roster.

4/26: Bryton Trepagnier assigned to Bradenton roster. Andy Otamendi sent to Extended Spring Training.

4/26: Brandon Mann added to Altoona roster. Kenn Kasparek placed on disabled list.

4/25: Tyler Glasnow added to Bradenton roster. Andy Otamendi assigned to Extended Spring Training.

4/24: Oderman Rocha and Andy Otamendi assigned to Bradenton. Bryton Trepagnier and Josh Smith assigned to Extended Spring Training

4/23: Tyler Waldron promoted to Altoona. Brandon Mann sent to Bradenton.

4/22: Zack Dodson placed on DL. Kenn Kasparek added to Altoona roster.

4/22: Brent Morel placed on Bereavement List. Cody Eppley added to Indianapolis roster.

4/21: Jared Hughes recalled to majors. Jay Jackson added to Indianapolis roster.

4/20: Carlos Paulino assigned from Indianapolis to Altoona roster. Ralph Henriquez assigned to Jamestown roster.

4/19: Chris Stewart activated from disabled list. Tony Sanchez sent to Indianapolis.

4/18: Quinton Miller added to Altoona roster. Kelson Brown placed on disabled list.

4/17: Jovany Lopez loaned to Rojos del Aguila of the Veracruz League(Mexico)

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.


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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Ian Rothermund

Looking at that stat on Sadler, what is it exactly that leads to his success against lefties? I know I’ve seen repeatedly that he’s a sinker baller, but what about his other pitches and how do they rank?

Generally I would assume in that situation that a combo of excellent sinker command and a good change up, I just haven’t seen any specifics. This guy seems legit though.

Going down the list to AA, Sampson has seemed great as well. This is especially true after such a so-so season last year in high-A.

Last question here, I never saw any specifics about the pitch selection and general velocity that Glasnow had. How did he look from that start as far a scouting report goes? It’ll be great to see if he can really develop an average to above average change up.

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