Minor League Schedule: Brandon Cumpton Returns to Indianapolis Rotation

For Indianapolis today, Brandon Cumpton makes his return to the minors after making two starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Three of the four games today are early morning starts. Only Bradenton plays at night tonight. 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.

Cumpton threw seven shutout innings in his last start for Indianapolis. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Cumpton threw seven shutout innings in his last start for Indianapolis. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

AAA: Indianapolis (19-12) @ Scranton/WB (15-15) 10:35am
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (2-0, 1.42)
Yesterday’s Result Scranton/WB 2, Indianapolis 1

Brandon Cumpton will make his fourth start for Indianapolis tonight. He has also made two starts for the Pirates in which he posted a 4.26 ERA over 12.2 innings. In his last start for Indianapolis, Cumpton threw seven shutout innings. He also threw six shutout innings in his season debut. Just like today’s start, both of those starts were on the road. In 19 innings, he has allowed three walks and one homer. Cumpton has 11 strikeouts, a .246 BAA and a 1.41 GO/AO ratio.

AA: Altoona (12-18) vs Bowie (16-15) 10:30am
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (1-3, 5.92)
Yesterday’s Result: Bowie 11, Altoona 7

Joely Rodriguez will make his sixth start of the season today. He has pitched 24.1 innings, allowing 32 hits, two homers and six walks. He has strong 1.73 GO/AO ratio, but has only struck out eight batters and hitters are batting .320 against him, including a .353 mark from right-handed batters. In his last start, Rodriguez gave up five runs on eight hits and no walks in five innings.

High-A: Bradenton (16-16) vs Charlotte (16-16) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Pat Ludwig (2-0, 1.67)
Yesterday’s Result: Ft Myers 4, Bradenton 0

Pat Ludwig will make his third start of the season tonight. He has also pitched five times in relief. In his two starts, he pitched 11 total innings without allowing an earned run. On the year, Ludwig has pitched 27 innings, giving up 21 hits, one homer and seven walks. He has 24 strikeouts, a 1.71 GO/AO ratio and a .206 BAA. Ludwig started against Charlotte on 4/21, going six innings, with four hits, one walk and five strikeouts.

Low-A: West Virginia (11-20) vs Savannah (19-9) 10:30am
Probable starter: Justin Topa (1-1, 5.32)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was off yesterday

West Virginia was off yesterday. Justin Topa will get the start today, his fourth of the season and his eighth appearance. The Power are in last place in their division, 12 games behind first place Hagerstown. They are 3-11 at home, 8-9 on the road and 4-6 in their last ten games. West Virginia and Savannah begin a three game series today. It will be the first and only time these  two teams meet this season. The Power do not make a trip to Savannah this year.

Recent Transactions

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.

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.

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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Joseph Anthony Berardino

Justin Topa is starting for the West Virginia Power

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