Four games on the schedule today, including a morning start time in West Virginia. Last week, Buddy Borden and Orlando Castro started on the same day and they matched zeroes for six straight innings. Castro retired 18 straight batters, while Borden finished with six no-hit innings. Both pitch today, with Borden in West Virginia getting that morning start. 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 (25-19) @ Gwinnett (25-18) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (3-1, 1.41)
Yesterday’s Result: Gwinnett 4, Indianapolis 3 in 10 innings (game one) Indianapolis 4, Gwinnett 3 (game two)
Brandon Cumpton will make his sixth start for Indianapolis. He has also made two starts for the Pirates. With Indianapolis, he has thrown a total of 32 innings, allowing 29 hits, one homer and eight walks. Cumpton has 15 strikeouts, a 1.64 GO/AO ratio and a .248 BAA. In his last start, he went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and four walks. All five of Cumpton’s starts qualify as quality starts.
AA: Altoona (17-25) vs Akron (28-15) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (3-2, 2.32)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 4, Akron 3
Adrian Sampson will make his ninth start of the season tonight. He has pitched 42.2 innings, allowing 37 hits, two homers and 13 walks. He has 33 strikeouts, a 1.12 GO/AO ratio and a .236 BAA. In his last start, Sampson pitched a season-high seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk. Prior to that outing, he faced Akron(today’s opponent) three straight times and allowed seven runs(six earned) over 12.2 innings.
High-A: Bradenton (20-24) vs Daytona (15-25) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Orlando Castro (2-2, 3.35)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 5, Dunedin 4 in 10 innings
Orlando Castro will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. In his last outing, the 22-year-old lefty retired the first 18 batters he faced. He ended up allowing one hit and one walk in the seventh inning before being pulled. Castro has thrown a total of 43 innings, giving up 37 hits, two homers and seven walks. He has 29 strikeouts, a 1.60 GO/AO ratio and a .237 BAA. In four home starts, he has a .185 BAA.
Low-A: West Virginia (14-30) vs Delmarva (23-20) 10:30am
Probable starter: Buddy Borden (0-2, 2.23)
Yesterday’s Result: Delmarva 6, West Virginia 2
Buddy Borden will make his ninth start of the season tonight. He has pitched 36.1 innings, allowing 23 hits, one homer and 16 walks. He has 34 strikeouts, an 0.90 GO/AO ratio and a .176 BAA. In his last start, Borden threw six no-hit innings, giving up four walks and he struck out a season-high seven batters. Each of his last four starts were made on the road. At home this year, he has not allowed an earned run in 9.2 innings.
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.
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.
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