Altoona was postponed due to weather last night. They game will be made up on Wednesday as part of a doubleheader. Nick Kingham will try again for his fifth start of the season. West Virginia had off yesterday. They resume play tonight with a doubleheader. Indianapolis has 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 (16-8) vs Syracuse (11-13) 11:05am
Probable starter: Adam Wilk (2-1, 4.37)
Yesterday’s Result: Syracuse 6, Indianapolis 5 in 10 innings
Adam Wilk will make his fifth start of the season. He has given up three earned runs in each of his last three starts. On the year, Wilk has pitched 22.2 innings, allowing 19 hits, two homers and seven walks. He has 22 strikeouts, an 0.64 GO/AO ratio and a .224 BAA. Wilk has held lefty batters to a .158 average.
AA: Altoona (10-11) @ Erie (9-12) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-1, 1.61)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was rained out
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 (14-10) @ Ft Myers (14-10) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (1-1, 3.48)
Yesterday’s Result: Ft Myers 7, Bradenton 0
Jason Creasy will make his sixth start of the season tonight, the first Pirates minor league pitcher to reach that mark. He has pitched a total of 20.2 innings, allowing 20 hits, one homer and eight walks. Creasy has nine strikeouts, a 1.24 GO/AO ratio and a .270 BAA. In his last start, he lasted just one inning due to reaching his single inning pitch count. He gave up five runs(four earned) on three hits and two walks. Creasy threw 11 shutout innings in his two previous starts combined.
Low-A: West Virginia (7-15) @ Kannapolis (12-10) 5:05pm DH
Probable starter: Buddy Borden (0-1, 1.98) and Felipe Gonzalez (0-2, 2.87)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was off yesterday
Buddy Borden will get the start today in game one. Felipe Gonzalez will start the other game. Borden will be making his fifth start of the year. He has alternated bad and good starts this season. In his last game, he threw four shutout innings, allowing just one hit. In the previous start, Borden didn’t make it out of the first inning. Due to the poor starts, he has pitched just 13.2 innings, though he does have 16 strikeouts and a .200 BAA. Gonzalez has made one start and four relief appearances. He has pitched 15.2 innings, allowing 15 hits, no homers and six walks, while striking out 18 batters. In his only start, Gonzalez gave up three runs(one earned) on six hits and two walks, with five strikeouts.
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.
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