Minor League Schedule: Vance Worley Makes His Second Start

For the second day in a row, there are only three games on the minor league schedule for the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates. Bradenton was off yesterday and Altoona is off today. Indianapolis has a morning 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.

Vance Worley makes his second start for Indianapolis
Vance Worley makes his second start for Indianapolis

AAA: Indianapolis (20-16) vs Norfolk (13-23) 11:05am
Probable starter: Vance Worley (0-1, 1.50)
Yesterday’s ResultIndianapolis 5, Norfolk 2

Vance Worley gets the start for Indianapolis today, his second since joining the Pittsburgh Pirates organization right before the season started. He went six innings in his debut, allowing one run on five hits, no walks and he struck out four batters. Worley has been working with Jim Benedict to improve his game and the early results are good.

AA: Altoona (14-21) @ Binghamton (18-15) 6:35pm 5/13
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (1-3, 5.22)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 7, Akron 4

Altoona is off today. When they resume play on Tuesday, Joely Rodriguez will make his seventh start of the season. Altoona is in fifth place in their division, 8.5 games behind first place Akron. The Curve are 3-7 in their last ten games. When they resume play on Tuesday, Altoona will be playing a three-game series on the road against Binghamton. The two teams will meet a total of ten times this year, with the last seven games taking place in Altoona.

High-A: Bradenton (18-18) vs Lakeland (23-12) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Chad Kuhl (3-3, 5.24)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was off yesterday

Chad Kuhl will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has pitched 34.1 innings, allowing 40 hits, five homers and three walks. Kuhl has 23 strikeouts, a 1.66 GO/AO ratio and a .288 BAA. In his last start, he allowed four runs over six innings of work. Kuhl opened his career by making 18 straight starts without allowing a home run. All five homers he has given up, came in his last two starts. He has walked just nine batters in 89.2 career innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (11-24) @ Greenville (19-14) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Topa (1-1, 5.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Greenville 9, West Virginia 6

Justin Topa will make his fourth start of the season today. He has also pitched four times in relief. On the year, he has thrown 27 innings, allowing 35 hits, three homers and four walks. Topa has 19 strikeouts, a 1.33 GO/AO ratio and a .327 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and no walks.

Recent Transactions

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.

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.

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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