Only one night game tonight, but it’s a big game. Tyler Glasnow will make his second start, trying to build off five shutout innings in his debut. Both Altoona and West Virginia will play doubleheaders today. Each of them has an early morning start time for game one. Indianapolis is off 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 (17-8) @ Pawtucket (16-11) 7:05pm 5/1
Probable starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 3, Syracuse 2
Indianapolis has off today, as does the entire International League. They are in first place in their division, 5.5 games ahead of both Columbus and Louisville. Indianapolis has a 7-4 home record and 10-4 on the road. They are 6-4 in their last ten games. This is the first meeting of the season between them and Pawtucket. They will play each other eight times this season, with all the games occurring between May 1st and May 16th.
AA: Altoona (10-12) @ Erie (10-12) 11:05am DH
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (1-2, 5.12) and Tyler Sample (2-0, 1.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Erie 11, Altoona 5
Joely Rodriguez and Tyler Sample will get the starts in today’s doubleheader. Rodriguez 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, Rodriguez allowed one earned run over six innings. Two of his starts came against Richmond, while he faced Akron in the other two games. Sample will be making his fourth start. He also pitched once in relief. He is coming off a six shutout inning start in which he allowed two hits, two walks and struck out eight batters. In 18 innings, Sample has allowed just seven hits. He has had control problems, issuing 16 walks, though he is averaging a strikeout per inning.
High-A: Bradenton (14-11) @ Ft Myers (15-10) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Tyler Glasnow (0-0, 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Ft Myers 7, Bradenton 1
Tyler Glasnow will make his second start of the season. After missing the beginning of the season with a tight back, Glasnow made his debut last Friday against St Lucie on the road. He went five shutout innings, giving up two hits, three walks and he had six strikeouts. Last year, he had 164 strikeouts in 111.1 innings and batters hit just .142 against him.
Low-A: West Virginia (8-16) @ Kannapolis (13-11) 10:00am DH
Probable starter: Cody Dickson (2-2, 5.12) and
Justin Topa (1-1, 5.00) Henry Hirsch (0-2, 2.87)
Yesterday’s Result: Kannapolis 1, West Virginia 0 (game one) West Virginia 5, Kannapolis 2 (game two)
Cody Dickson and
Justin Topa Henry Hirsch will get the starts in today’s doubleheader for West Virginia. Dickson will be making his fifth start of the season. He has had two strong starts and two poor outings. In 19.1 innings this season, he has given up 26 hits, three homers and four walks. Dickson has 15 strikeouts, a 1.60 GO/AO ratio and a .329 BAA. In his last start, he gave up six runs(four earned) on seven hits and two walks in 3.2 innings. Henry Hirsch will get the start in game two today. It will be the first start of his pro career. In six relief appearances this year, he has pitched a total of 15.2 innings, allowing 12 hits, two homers and eight walks. He has nine strikeouts, a 1.13 GO/AO ratio and a .226 BAA. His longest outing this year was 3.2 innings. He gave up two runs over three innings against Kannapolis last week.
4/30: Elvis Escobar added to West Virginia 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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Holy hell, was Glasnow actually as horrible as his line- 7 walks in 2 innings- no Ks?