Minor League Schedule: Jake Brigham Has Quietly Been Real Good

Four night games on the schedule tonight, plus a game from Wednesday that needs to be finished. Altoona had their game suspended with the score 1-1 in the fifth inning. They will finish the game today and then play the regularly scheduled game, which will now be seven inning. 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.      

Jake Brigham has a .232 BAA this year
Jake Brigham has a .232 BAA this year


AAA: Indianapolis (31-21) vs Buffalo (26-23) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jake Brigham (1-3, 3.40)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 5, Buffalo 2

Jake Brigham will make his ninth start of the season. He has also pitched once in relief. He has thrown 50.1 innings, allowing 44 hits, two homers and 17 walks. Brigham has 48 strikeouts, an 0.71 GO/AO ratio and a .232 BAA. In his last start, he went seven innings for the second time this year. Brigham allowed three runs(two earned) on six hits and one walk. He has surrendered three earned runs or less in all but one outing this year. His 48 strikeouts leads all Pirates minor league pitchers.

AA: Altoona (20-31) @ Richmond (25-24) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (2-4, 4.11)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was suspended in the fifth inning

Joely Rodriguez will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He has pitched 46 innings, allowing 48 hits, three homers and 14 walks. He has 24 strikeouts, a 1.84 GO/AO ratio and a .268 BAA. Rodriguez is coming off his best start in which he threw six shutout innings, giving up just two hits and a walk. He has a 3.43 home ERA versus a 4.68 road ERA. Rodriguez has a 3.38 ERA in five May starts.

High-A: Bradenton (26-26) vs Tampa (26-25) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Chad Kuhl (4-4, 4.58)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 3, Tampa 0

Chad Kuhl will make his 11th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 53 innings, giving up 59 hits, five homers and eight walks. He has 31 strikeouts, a 2.00 GO/AO ratio and a .284 BAA. In his last start, Kuhl went 6.1 innings, allowing two runs(one earned) on four hits and a walk. He has pitched much better on the road this season, posting a 2.91 away ERA versus a 5.74 ERA in six home starts. Kuhl has had more ground balls than fly balls in each of his last seven starts.

Low-A: West Virginia (19-33) @ Greensboro (29-22) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (3-2, 5.26)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 11, Rome 6

No starter is currently listed for West Virginia for Thursday, but Dovydas Neverauskas is the likely starter. He has made nine starts, throwing a total of 39.1 innings, allowing 52 hits, five homers and 21 walks. Neverauskas has 28 strikeouts, an 0.84 GO/AO ratio and a .329 BAA. In his last start, he gave up seven runs on eight hits and four walks in 3.1 innings. He has a 3.60 road ERA and 6.29 ERA at home.

Recent Transactions

5/29: Francisco Diaz assigned to Jamestown roster.

5/28: Candon Myles activated from the disabled list. Adam Landecker assigned to Jamestown roster.

5/27: Kawika Emsley-Pai assigned from Altoona to West Virginia.

5/26: Ralph Henriquez sent from Indianapolis to Altoona. Cody Eppley assigned to Indianapolis.

5/24: Andy Otamendi assigned to Extended Spring Training. Orlando Castro assigned to Bradenton.

5/23 Tony Sanchez assigned to Indianapolis.

5/23: Josh Wall assigned to Indianapolis roster.

5/22: Edwin Espinal activated from disabled list. Candon Myles placed on disabled list.

5/21: Andy Otamendi added to Bradenton roster. Orlando Castro assigned to Jamestown.

5/20: Omir Santos placed on disabled list. Ralph Henriquez assigned to Indianapolis.

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.

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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