Busy day on the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league schedule today, with doubleheaders for the Altoona Curve and the Bradenton Marauders. Bradenton was rained out yesterday, while the Altoona game is a make-up for an earlier rainout. 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 (18-9) @ Pawtucket (17-12) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (0-0, 2.25)
Yesterday’s Result: Pawtucket 6, Indianapolis 1
Tyler Waldron will make his second start for Indianapolis tonight. He has also made seven relief appearances this year, one for Altoona and six for Bradenton. Waldron gave up one run on two hits and a walk in four innings during his only start. He also picked up five strikeouts. In 14.2 total innings, he has given up just five hits and two walks, while striking out 18 batters.
Tyler Sample will make his fourth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. When he gets the ball over the plate, Sample has been the Pirates best minor league pitcher. Unfortunately, to go along with his 1.00 ERA, 18 strikeouts and a .127 BAA in 18 innings, he has also walked 16 batters. He has thrown a combined 11 shutout innings in his last two starts. Sample faced Akron in his only relief appearance and allowed one unearned run over three innings. Brandon Mann will get the start in game two. He has pitched seven times in relief and made one spot start when Zack Dodson got injured. In that game, Mann threw five innings, allowing just one unearned run. In 16.1 innings, he has allowed 14 hits, no homers and six walks. Mann has 20 strikeouts, an 0.67 GO/AO ratio and a .222 BAA.
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. Castro will make his sixth start of the season tonight. In 27.1 innings, he has allowed 27 hits, two homers and four walks. He has 21 strikeouts, a 1.70 GO/AO ratio and a .267 BAA. In his last start, he gave up four runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings. Castro gave up a combined three runs in his previous three starts.
Low-A: West Virginia (10-18) @ Greensboro (15-12) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Shane Carle (0-2, 4.09)
Yesterday’s Result: Greensboro 8, West Virginia 7
Shane Carle will make his sixth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 22 innings, allowing 29 hits, three homers and just two walks. He has 20 strikeouts, a 1.59 GO/AO ratio and a .315 BAA. In his last start, Carle gave up four runs on nine hits and a walk in 5.1 innings. He struck out just one batter after picking up at least six strikeouts in each of his previous three starts. In 54 at-bats against left-handed batters, Carle has 15 strikeouts, but he has also allowed 18 hits.
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.
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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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.