In Indianapolis tonight, Jeff Locke takes the mound for the fourth time this season. He had an impressive strikeout total in his first game with Bradenton, but has struggled since reaching AAA. Altoona has an early afternoon game 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 (13-7) vs Syracuse (10-11) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (0-1, 5.73)
Yesterday’s Result: Toledo 7, Indianapolis 6
Jeff Locke will make his third start for Indianapolis tonight. He also made one rehab start for Bradenton at the beginning of the season. In that first start, Locke gave up two runs over six innings, piling up ten strikeouts. In his first start for Indianapolis, he went five innings, allowing five runs on five hits, two walks and two homers. In his last start, Locke allowed three runs(two earned) over six innings. Both of his Indianapolis starts came against Louisville.
AA: Altoona (10-9) @ Akron (10-11) 2:05pm
Probable starter: A.J. Morris (0-0, 2.53)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 5, Akron 3
A.J. Morris will make his second start of the season. He has also pitched four times in relief. In his only start, he allowed one run on two hits and three walks in three innings. As a reliever, Morris has pitched 7.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks. Left-handed batters are hitting .333 against him, while righties have an .087 BAA. Morris has a 2.11 GO/AO ratio.
High-A: Bradenton (12-9) @ St Lucie (13-8) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Chad Kuhl (2-1, 3.12)
Yesterday’s Result: St Lucie 13, Bradenton 4
Chad Kuhl will make his fifth start of the season tonight. In his start on April 10th against Palm Beach, Kuhl gave up five runs on seven hits over 1.2 innings. In his other three starts combined, he has allowed one run over 15.2 innings. Kuhl has issued just two walks against 16 strikeouts and he has still yet to allow a single homer in 17 starts as a pro, a total of 72.2 innings. He has a 1.83 GO/AO ratio.
Low-A: West Virginia (7-13) vs Hagerstown (16-5) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (2-0, 3.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Hagerstown 7, West Virginia 5
Dovydas Neverauskas will make his fourth start of the season tonight. He lasted just two innings in his last start, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks, with three strikeouts. In both of his first two starts, he allowed one run over five innings. In 12 innings, Neverauskas has allowed 15 hits, no homers and seven walks. He has 12 strikeouts, an 0.75 GO/AO ratio and a .319 BAA.
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.
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