*Bradenton has been postponed tonight* Four night games on the schedule tonight, with the most interesting game going on in Altoona. Adrian Sampson looked very good through his first four starts this year, then things fell apart on Sunday when he couldn’t get through two innings before being pulled due to his pitch count. 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 (18-8) @ Pawtucket (16-12) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jake Brigham (1-1, 4.64)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 3, Pawtucket 2 in 7 innings
Jake Brigham will make his fifth start of the year tonight. He has pitched 21.1 innings, allowing 22 hits, two homers and nine walks. Brigham has 24 strikeouts, an 0.67 GO/AO ratio and a .256 BAA. In his last start, he went six innings, giving up five runs(two earned) on eight hits and two walks. Brigham is holding left-handed batters to a .191 BAA.
AA: Altoona (11-13) vs Akron (14-11) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (3-2, 1.82)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 9, Erie 4 (game one) Erie 5, Altoona 2 (game two)
Adrian Sampson will make his sixth start of the season tonight. He looked very strong through his first four starts, but got knocked out in the second inning on Sunday against today’s opponent, Akron. He went 1.2 innings in that game, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks. Sampson was picking up strikeouts at a very strong rate, with 23 in his first 23 innings, but he was unable to pick up a single strikeout in that Akron start. Sampson has a .209 BAA and an 0.92 GO/AO ratio this season.
High-A: Bradenton (14-13) vs St Lucie (15-12) 6:30pm POSTPONED
Probable starter: John Kuchno (3-2, 4.64)
Yesterday’s Result: St Lucie 11, Bradenton 0
John Kuchno will make his sixth start of the season. He has pitched a total of 21.1 innings, allowing 21 hits, ten walks and no homers. He has ten strikeouts, an impressive 2.92 GO/AO ratio and a .256 BAA. Kuchno faced St Lucie in his last start, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks. He is holding lefties to a .200 BAA. During his two home starts, Kuchno is holding batters to a .190 average and he has a 3.33 GO/AO ratio.
Low-A: West Virginia (10-17) @ Greensboro (14-12) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (2-1, 5.29)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 5, Kannapolis 4
Dovydas Neverauskas will make his fifth start of the season tonight. He has had two straight rough outings after looking good in his first two starts. Neverauskas allowed one run over five innings in each of his first two games. He then got knocked out in the second inning of his third start, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks. In his last game, he allowed seven runs(six earned) on 11 hits and a walk in five innings. Neverauskas has looked good with 14 strikeouts and a 1.43 GO/AO ratio in 17 innings, but he also has a .356 BAA.
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.
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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