Casey Sadler got hit hard last week after returning from a brief stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He goes today, trying to get back to the pitcher that allowed just five earned runs in his first four starts combined. Joely Rodriguez was originally slated to go on Tuesday for Altoona, but Zack Dodson returned from the disabled list and made the start. Rodriguez came into the year as the 15th ranked prospect in the system, but he hasn’t looked like the same pitcher he was last year when he split the season between Bradenton and West Virginia. Indianapolis has an early afternoon start today. 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 (22-16) vs Pawtucket (23-17) 1:35pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (3-1, 2.56)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6, Pawtucket 2
Casey Sadler will make his sixth start for Indianapolis tonight. He has also made two scoreless appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates, totaling four innings of work. In his five Indianapolis starts, he has thrown 31.2 innings, allowing 29 hits, one homer and six walks. He has 21 strikeouts, a 1.68 GO/AO ratio and a .252 BAA. In his last start, he gave up four runs on 12 hits in 4.2 innings. Prior to that, he made four straight starts that qualified as quality starts.
AA: Altoona (15-21) @ Binghamton (18-16) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (1-3, 5.22)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 10, Binghamton 3
Joely Rodriguez will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He is coming of an outing in which he gave up one run over five innings. Rodriguez has struck out just ten batters all season, with a single game high of three in his second start. He has a 3.52 ERA in three home starts and 7.07 on the road. Rodriguez has a .265 BAA versus left-handed batters and righties are hitting .337 against him. He has a 1.77 GO/AO ratio.
High-A: Bradenton (18-20) vs Lakeland (25-12) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Orlando Castro (2-2, 3.44)
Yesterday’s Result: Lakeland 3, Bradenton 0
Orlando Castro will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. Castro has thrown a total of 36.2 innings, allowing 36 hits, two homers and six walks. He has 25 strikeouts, a 1.62 GO/AO ratio and a .265 BAA. His last outing was four innings of relief work in which he allowed one run on four hits and a walk. In his three home starts, Castro has a 3.86 ERA in 16.1 innings.
Low-A: West Virginia (12-26) @ Augusta (17-21) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Shane Carle (1-3, 4.01)
Yesterday’s Result: Greenville 7, West Virginia 5
Shane Carle will make his eighth start of the season tonight. In his last outing, he gave up five runs over five innings, though just one run was earned. In 33.2 innings this year, Carle has allowed 43 hits, three homers and just three walks. He has 23 strikeouts, a 1.64 GO/AO ratio and a .314 BAA. Left-handed batters are hitting .324 against him and they have hit all three homers he has allowed this year. In his 21 appearances in the pros, he has walked more than one batter in a game just once, his last outing of the 2013 season.
5/13: Activated Zack Dodson from disabled list. Ryan Beckman was 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.
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.
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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.