Altoona was rained out yesterday, so they will try again for a doubleheader today. In game one, they will send Wandy Rodriguez to the mound as he looks to make his way back to Pittsburgh. 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 (17-8) @ Pawtucket (16-11) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (0-1, 5.29)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis was off
Jeff Locke will make his fourth start for Indianapolis tonight. He also started once for Bradenton. In each of his last two starts, Locke gave up three runs on eight hits and one walk in six innings. In his last game, he picked up seven strikeouts. Locke struck out ten batters in his only start for Bradenton. In 23 total innings, he has walked five, struck out 26 and posted a 1.69 GO/AO ratio and a .277 BAA.
Joely Rodriguez and Wandy Rodriguez will get the starts in today’s doubleheader. Joely will be making his fifth start of the season. He has pitched 19.1 innings, allowing 24 hits, no homers and six walks. He has six strikeouts, an impressive 2.62 GO/AO ratio and a .312 BAA. In his last start, Joely allowed one earned run over six innings. Two of his starts came against Richmond, while he faced Akron in the other two games. Wandy will be making his first rehab start for Altoona. He went on the disabled list on April 21st with right knee inflammation. With the Pirates, he had a 7.65 ERA in four starts, with 26 hits and six walks allowed over 20 innings. Wandy has allowed seven homers already, most in the National League.
High-A: Bradenton (14-12) vs St Lucie (14-12) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Chad Kuhl (3-1, 3.09)
Yesterday’s Result: Ft Myers 6, Bradenton 2
Chad Kuhl will make his sixth start of the season tonight. In 23.1 innings, he has allowed 26 hits, no homers and two walks. Kuhl has 16 strikeouts, a 1.68 GO/AO ratio and a .283 BAA. In 18 career starts covering 78.2 innings, he has walked just eight batters and has not allowed a home run. In his last start, Kuhl gave up two runs on nine hits in six innings. In his previous start, he struck out a season-high seven batters.
Low-A: West Virginia (9-17) @ Kannapolis (14-12) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Topa (1-1. 5.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Kannapolis 2, West Virginia 1 (game one) West Virginia 6, Kannapolis 0 (game two)
Justin Topa was a late change in place of Dovydas Neverauskas, who will now go on Friday. Topa has made one start in which he gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk in 5.2 innings. As a reliever this year in four appearances, he allowed six runs over 12.1 innings. In 18 innings total, he has allowed just two walks.
4/30 Elvis Escobar added to West Virginia roster. Adam Landecker assigned to Jamestown roster.
4/29: Cody Eppley transferred to Jamestown roster.
4/29: Ralph Henriquez added to Altoona roster.
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.
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