Minor League Schedule: Zack Dodson Returns to Altoona

For Altoona today, Zack Dodson makes his return to the rotation after missing four week due to an oblique strain. Indianapolis used Vance Worley yesterday and pushed Brandon Cumpton back to today, so he is listed for the second straight day as their starter. West Virginia has an early afternoon start time 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.

Cumpton has pitched great for Indianapolis this year (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Cumpton has pitched great for Indianapolis this year (Photo Credit: David Hague)

AAA: Indianapolis (21-16) vs Pawtucket (23-16) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (2-1, 1.04)
Yesterday’s ResultIndianapolis 14, Norfolk 3

Brandon Cumpton will make his fifth start for Indianapolis tonight. He has also made two starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates. With Indianapolis, he has thrown 26 innings, giving up 22 hits, one homer and four walks. Cumpton has 14 strikeouts, a 1.50 GO/AO ratio and a .232 BAA. All four of his starts for Indianapolis qualified as quality starts and he didn’t allow a single earned run in three of those outings.

AA: Altoona (14-21) @ Binghamton (18-15) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (0-1, 2.53)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was off yesterday

Zack Dodson makes his third start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. He missed the last four weeks due to an oblique strain suffered while warming up for a start. Dodson threw 5.2 scoreless innings in his last start. On the season, he has thrown 10.2 innings, allowing 14 hits, no homers, six walks and he has six strikeouts.

High-A: Bradenton (18-19) vs Lakeland (24-12) 6:30pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (3-2, 4.11)
Yesterday’s Result: Lakeland 4, Bradenton 3 in 10 innings

John Kuchno will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 30.2 innings, allowing 28 hits, no homers and 17 walks. He has 14 strikeouts, a .243 BAA and an impressive 3.06 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Kuchno gave up two runs(one earned) on three hits and five walks in 4.1 innings. His season high for strikeouts in a game is four.

Low-A: West Virginia (12-24) @ Greenville (19-15) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (2-1, 5.19)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 10, Greenville 3

Dovydas Neverauskas will make his seventh start of the season today. He has thrown a total of 26 innings, giving up 37 hits, two homers and 14 walks. He has 21 walks, a 1.13 GO/AO ratio and a .343 BAA. In his last start, Neverauskas allowed three runs(two earned) on four hits, four walks and he struck out four batters in four innings of work. In each of his first two starts, Neverauskas allowed one run over five innings. In his last four starts combined, he has given up 15 runs over 16 innings.

Recent Transactions

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.

4/14: Luis Heredia placed on disabled list. Brett McKinney 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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