Four night games on the schedule today with three pitchers making their third start of the season. Casey Sadler faces Columbus for the second time. He gave up one run over six innings the first time the two teams met this year. Check out the Prospect Watch from last night. For a look at possible starters down the line, check out our Probable Starter Chart.
AAA: Indianapolis (9-2) vs Columbus (3-7) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (1-0, 2.08)
Yesterday’s Result: Columbus 10, Indianapolis 9
Casey Sadler will make his third start of the season tonight. He went six innings in his debut against Columbus, allowing one run on four hits and a walk, with three strikeouts. Sadler lasted seven innings in his second game, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. He made 23 starts for Altoona and one late season start for Indianapolis. Sadler threw a total of 136.1 innings, allowing 123 hits, 12 homers and 43 walks. He had 72 strikeouts, a 1.69 GO/AO ratio and a .244 BAA. In his lone Indianapolis start, he allowed three earned runs over six innings.
AA: Altoona (3-6) @ Harrisburg (2-8) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (0-1, 5.40)
Yesterday’s Result: Richmond 7, Altoona 3
Zack Dodson will make his second start of the season tonight. In his first start, Dodson went four innings, allowing five runs(three earned) on seven hits and two walks, with one strikeout. He also pitched once in relief this year, throwing a scoreless inning against Erie. He gave up a hit and a walk. Dodson pitched most of last year for Bradenton, making 20 starts and one relief appearance. He also made one spot start for Altoona. In 114.1 innings, he allowed 119 hits, 11 homers and 41 walks. Dodson had 55 strikeouts, a 1.21 GO/AO ratio and a .264 BAA.
High-A: Bradenton (5-5) @ Palm Beach (6-4) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Chad Kuhl (1-1, 6.75)
Yesterday’s Result: Jupiter 6, Bradenton 0
Chad Kuhl will make his third start of the season tonight. In his season debut, he threw five shutout innings, giving up two hits and no walks, with two strikeouts. Kuhl got hit hard in his second game, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk in just 1.2 innings. He was drafted by the Pirates in the ninth round last year and spent the season with Jamestown. Kuhl made 13 starts there, throwing a total of 55.1 innings, with 53 hits allowed, no homers and six walks. He struck out 33, had a 1.19 GO/AO ratio and a .255 BAA. Kuhl is a 21-year-old right-hander out of the University of Delaware .
Low-A: West Virginia (4-7) vs Asheville (7-4) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Shane Carle (0-0, 3.86)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 10, Lexington 6
Shane Carle will make his third start of the season tonight. He went two innings in his debut, allowing two runs on four hits. That start was suspended by rain in the third inning. In his second start, Carle went five innings, giving up two runs(one earned) on six hits. He has six strikeouts this year and has yet to walk a batter. Carle was drafted in the 10th round in 2013 and made four starts and ten relief appearances for Jamestown. He threw a total of 50.1 innings, giving up 47 hits, three homers and six walks. He had 43 strikeouts, a 1.97 GO/AO ratio, a 2.15 ERA and a .247 BAA. As a starter, Carle had a 1.83 ERA in 19.2 innings.
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.
3/25: Acquired Vance Worley in exchange for cash.
3/22: Six minor league players released. Carlos Mesa, Cesar Lopez, Axel Diaz, Elvin Ramirez, Kirk Singer and Eliecer Navarro.
3/20 Zac Fuesser, Ethan Hollingsworth, Kevin Kleis and Dalton Friend released.
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