Minor League Schedule: Castro Looks To Build On Strong Start To Season

Altoona had their game canceled due to weather tonight, so Nick Kingham will have his start pushed back until tomorrow. West Virginia has off today. They resume play tomorrow night with a doubleheader. 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.

Orlando Castro's season has started off strong, much like last year in West Virginia
Orlando Castro’s season has started off strong, much like last year in West Virginia

AAA: Indianapolis (16-7) vs Syracuse (10-13) 7:05pm 
Probable starter: Jay Jackson (1-1, 7.71)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 2, Syracuse 1

Jay Jackson will make his third start of the season tonight. He has also pitched three times in relief. Both of his starts came on the road against Toledo. In the first game, Jackson allowed five runs on four hits and four walks over 2.2 innings. In his last start, which came five days ago, he gave up one run over five innings. Jackson has pitched a total of 14 innings, giving up 15 hits, one homer and ten walks. He has 17 strikeouts, an 0.30 GO/AO ratio and a .259 BAA.

AA: Altoona (10-11) @ Erie (9-12) 6:35pm POSTPONED
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-1, 1.61)
Yesterday’s Result: Akron 6, Altoona 4

Nick Kingham will make his fifth start of the season tonight. In his first three starts combined, he allowed one run over 17 innings. In his last start, Kingham went 5.1 innings, surrendering four runs(three earned) on seven hits and one walk. The bright spot of that start was the fact he walked just one batter after allowing three walks in each of his first three starts. Kingham has 19 strikeouts, a 1.00 GO/AO ratio and a .220 BAA.

High-A: Bradenton (14-9) @ Ft Myers (13-10) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Orlando Castro (2-0, 2.35)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 7, St Lucie 6

Orlando Castro will make his fifth start of the season tonight. In 23 innings, he has allowed 19 hits, one homer and four walks. Castro has 17 strikeouts, a 2.07 GO/AO ratio and a .235 BAA. In his last start, he allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in six innings. In his two road starts, Castro has given up two runs over 12 innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (7-15) @ Kannapolis (12-10) 5:05pm  DH 4/29
Probable starter: Buddy Borden (0-1, 1.98) and TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Hagerstown 5, West Virginia 2

West Virginia is off today. They resume play on Tuesday, playing the first of back-to-back doubleheaders against Kannapolis. The two teams have met four times this year, with Kannapolis winning three of the contests. The Power have lost seven straight games and they trail first place Hagerstown by 10.5 games. Buddy Borden is scheduled to start one of Tuesday’s games, while no starter has been named yet for the other game.

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.

4/27: Josh Smith assigned to Bradenton roster. Oderman Rocha sent to Extended Spring Training.

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.

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.

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