Minor League Schedule: A.J. Morris Has Been Impressive This Season

All four teams on the schedule with night games today. Vance Worley has been named the starter for Indianapolis. 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. AJ Morris

AAA: Indianapolis (24-17) @ Gwinnett (23-17) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Vance Worley (1-1, 2.08)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6, Pawtucket 5

Vance Worley will make his third start for Indianapolis. He went six innings in his debut and allowed one run on five hits. In his second start, Worley gave up two runs over seven innings. He has no walks and ten strikeouts, with a 2.38 GO/AO ratio. Indianapolis will meet Gwinnett on Saturday night for the first time this year. They will play four games at Gwinnett, then meet in June for a four game series in Indianapolis. The Indians are in first place in their division, 3.5 games ahead of second place Columbus. They have a 12-7 record at home, 12-10 on the road and they are 5-5 in their last ten games.

AA: Altoona (15-24) vs Richmond (21-18) 6:00pm
Probable starter: A.J. Morris (3-0, 1.80)
Yesterday’s Result: Richmond 2, Altoona 1

A.J. Morris will make his fifth start of the season. He has also pitched five times in relief. In his last start, Morris allowed three runs over 5.2 innings. Prior to that, he had made six straight scoreless appearances, totaling 18.2 innings. As a starter, Morris has a 1.83 ERA in 18.2 innings. He has a 1.80 GO/AO ratio and a .162 BAA. Right-handed batters are 4-for-48 against him this season.

High-A: Bradenton (19-22) vs Dunedin (29-11) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Chad Kuhl (3-3, 4.91)
Yesterday’s Result: Dunedin 3, Bradenton 2

Chad Kuhl will make his ninth start of the season tonight. He has thrown 40.1 innings, allowing 46 hits, five homers and five walks. Kuhl has 27 strikeouts, a 1.90 GO/AO ratio and a .289 BAA. In his last start, he allowed two runs on six hits and two walks in six innings. It was just the second time in his career that Kuhl issued more than one walk in a game. He has given up two runs or less in five of his starts.

Low-A: West Virginia (13-27) vs Delmarva (21-19) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Topa (2-1, 4.64)
Yesterday’s Result: Augusta 2, West Virginia 1

Justin Topa will make his fifth start of the season. He has also pitched four times in relief. On the year, he has thrown 33 innings, allowing 38 hits, three homers and four walks. Topa has 22 strikeouts, a 1.43 GO/AO ratio and a .304 BAA. In his last start, he went a career-high six innings, allowing two runs on three hits, no walks and three strikeouts. Topa has a 5.68 home ERA and 3.21 on the road.

Recent Transactions

5/16: Edwin Espinal placed on disabled list. Adam Landecker added to West Virginia roster.

5/16: Jaff Decker sent from Pittsburgh to Indianapolis. Cody Eppley transferred to Jamestown roster.

5/13: Activated Zack Dodson from disabled list. Ryan Beckman transferred to Jamestown roster.

5/12: Signed Nathan Sopena.

5/12: Released Christian Santiago, Arquimedes Lorenzo, Ramon Rodriguez and Marcus Beltrez.

5/9: Miguel Rosario added to West Virginia roster. Jerry Mulderig assigned to Jamestown roster.

5/9: Kenn Kasparek assigned to Jamestown roster.

5/8: Harold Ramirez activated from disabled list. Michael Fransoso assigned to Jamestown roster.

5/8: Matt Curry activated from disabled list and assigned to Altoona.

5/7: Andrew Lambo placed on disabled list.

5/6: Jeff Locke assigned to Indianapolis. Phil Irwin promoted to majors.

5/6: Vance Worley added to Indianapolis roster.

5/5: Duke Welker placed on disabled list. Adalberto Santos assigned to Indianapolis roster.

5/5: Jeff Locke promoted to Pirates. Casey Sadler assigned to Indianapolis.

5/4: Jose Osuna placed on disabled list. D.J. Crumlich added to Bradenton roster.

5/4: Kenn Kasparek promoted to Indianapolis.

5/3: Cody Eppley assigned in Indianapolis roster.

5/3: Reese McGuire activated from disabled list. Francisco Diaz assigned to Jamestown roster.

5/2: Benji Gonzalez traded to San Diego Padres.

5/2: Kenn Kasparek activated from Altoona disabled list. Carlos Paulino placed on disabled list.

5/2: Jordan Steranka placed on disabled list. Taylor Lewis added to Bradenton roster.

5/1: Robert Andino activated from Indianapolis disabled list. Adalberto Santos assigned to Jamestown roster.

5/1: Wandy Rodriguez assigned to Altoona roster on rehab.

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.

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.

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