Today is the day that most people have waiting for, the season debut of Tyler Glasnow. With Jameson Taillon out all season, Glasnow is the top-ranked Pirates pitching prospect that will play this year and with a strong showing, he could pass Taillon for that top spot in the rankings. 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 (13-6) @ Toledo (8-12) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Jake Brigham (1-1, 5.28)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 7, Toledo 5
Jake Brigham will make his fourth start of the season tonight. He has pitched 15.1 innings, allowing 14 hits, one homer and seven walks. Brigham has 20 strikeouts, though his strikeouts have dropped each start and he has given up more runs each time. He has an 0.87 GO/AO ratio and a .226 BAA. Brigham faced Toledo in his second start, allowing four runs over 4.1 innings.
AA: Altoona (9-9) @ Akron (10-10) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (0-2, 6.75)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 6, Harrisburg 1
Joely Rodriguez will make his fourth start of the season tonight. In 13.1 innings, he has allowed 18 hits and six walks, posting a .327 BAA. Rodriguez has picked up just four strikeouts this season. He does have two strong points early, with no homers allowed and an impressive 3.13 GO/AO ratio. Rodriguez faced Akron in his season debut and allowed two runs on five hits and three walks, with no strikeouts in six innings.
High-A: Bradenton (12-8) @ St Lucie (12-8) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Tyler Glasnow (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Charlotte 13, Bradenton 6
Tyler Glasnow will make his season debut tonight. He injured his back in Spring Training this year and has pitched in Extended Spring Training recently, including a game in which he was clocked at 100 MPH a total of seven times. In 24 starts for West Virginia last year, Glasnow pitched 111.1 innings, giving up 54 hits, nine homers and 61 walks. He had 164 strikeouts, a 1.16 GO/AO ratio and a .142 BAA. He is ranked third among all prospects in the Pirates system.
Low-A: West Virginia (7-12) vs Hagerstown (15-5) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Topa (1-1, 4.38)
Yesterday’s Result: Hagerstown 7, West Virginia 5
Justin Topa will make the first start of his pro career. He pitched 19 times in relief last year for Jamestown and four times this year for West Virginia. Topa was drafted in the 17th round last year. He has pitched 12.1 innings this season, giving up 13 hits, one homer and one walk. He has seven strikeouts, a 2.00 GO/AO ratio and a .283 BAA. Topa is a 23-year-old righty that tops out at 96 MPH.
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.
3/27: Traded a player to be named later in exchange for Keon Broxton.
3/25: Acquired Vance Worley in exchange for cash.
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.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.
Joely needs to start showing something.
When did we trade for Phil Hughes, lol? I think we may need to fix that typo!
Some editor you are. Why didn’t you catch that two days ago?