Three games on the Memorial Day schedule. Bradenton has off today, while Altoona has an afternoon start time. 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. Click the link on each pitcher’s name for more information.
AAA: Indianapolis (29-19) vs Buffalo (25-20) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Adam Wilk (3-3, 4.72)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 10, Charlotte 6
Adam Wilk will make his ninth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief, retiring the only batter he faced on a double play in Thursday’s ballgame. Wilk has thrown 47.2 innings, giving up 49 hits, five homers and 13 walks. He has 33 strikeouts, an 0.94 GO/AO ratio and a .269 BAA. In his last start, he gave up four runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings. Wilk has held left-handed batters to a .189 average, with no homers.
AA: Altoona (20-29) @ Erie (20-28) 1:35pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-5, 3.06)
Yesterday’s Result: Erie 6, Altoona 5
Nick Kingham will make his tenth start of the season this afternoon. He has pitched a total of 50 innings, allowing 50 hits, zero homers and 23 walks. He has 37 strikeouts, a 1.06 GO/AO ratio and a .258 BAA. In his last start, he went seven innings for the first time this year, allowing one earned run on seven hits and two walks. He is holding right-handed batters to a .230 average this year. Check out the Prospect Report from John Kokales for more on Kingham.
High-A: Bradenton (24-26) @ Tampa (26-23) 7:00pm 5/27
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (2-2, 3.86)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 6, Charlotte 5
Bradenton is off today. When they resume play on Tuesday, Jason Creasy will make his 11th start of the season. The Marauders are in fourth place in their division, trailing first place St Lucie by six games. Bradenton has a 10-14 road record and they are 5-5 in their last ten games. This series against Tampa is four games, with two in Tampa and two in Bradenton. This is the first time these two teams have meet this year. They will meet again four more times this season in mid-July, splitting the series between Tampa and Bradenton again.
Low-A: West Virginia (17-32) @ Rome (14-35) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Buddy Borden (1-2, 2.18)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 7, Lakewood 1
Buddy Borden will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He has thrown a total of 41.1 innings, giving up 28 hits, one homer and 18 walks. He has 39 strikeouts, an 0.91 GO/AO ratio and a .185 BAA. In his last start, Borden went five innings, allowing one run on five hits and two walks. In his previous outing, he threw six no-hit innings. He leads West Virginia pitchers in strikeouts, but only ranks 27th overall in the South Atlantic League.
5/24: Andy Otamendi assigned to Extended Spring Training. Orlando Castro assigned to Bradenton.
5/23 Tony Sanchez assigned to Indianapolis.
5/23: Josh Wall assigned to Indianapolis roster.
5/22: Edwin Espinal activated from disabled list. Candon Myles placed on disabled list.
5/21: Andy Otamendi added to Bradenton roster. Orlando Castro assigned to Jamestown.
5/20: Omir Santos placed on disabled list. Ralph Henriquez assigned to Indianapolis.
5/19: Jared LaKind added to West Virginia roster. Will Kendall placed on disabled list.
5/19: Brandon Cumpton reassigned to Indianapolis. Ralph Henriquez sent from Indianapolis to Altoona
5/18: West Virginia sends Kawika Emsley-Pai to Altoona. Francisco Diaz added off Jamestown roster.
5/18: Ralph Henriquez sent from Altoona to Indianapolis.
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.
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.