A very light day on the schedule today and both games have morning start times. Altoona will have Nick Kingham on the mound today, trying to regain the control he’s had in the past that made him one of the top prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates system. 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 (26-19) @ Charlotte (15-29) 7:05pm 5/22
Probable starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 4, Gwinnett 2
Indianapolis has off today. When they resume play on Thursday, they will begin a four game series on the road in Charlotte. The two teams will meet again in July for four games in Indianapolis. The Indians are in first place in their division, with a 3.5 game lead over Columbus. Indianapolis is 14-12 away from home and they have a 7-3 record in their last ten games.
AA: Altoona (17-26) vs Akron (29-15) 10:30am
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-4, 3.35)
Yesterday’s Result: Akron 1, Altoona 0
Nick Kingham will make his ninth start of the season today. He has pitched a total of 43 innings, allowing 43 hits, no homers and 21 walks. Kingham has 35 strikeouts, an 0.94 GO/AO ratio and a .257 BAA. In his last start, he went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks, which was a season high for base on balls. This will be the third time that Kingham has faced Akron. In the other two, he allowed two earned runs in each game, going five innings once and six frames in the other game.
High-A: Bradenton (21-24) vs Daytona (15-26) 10:30am
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (2-2, 4.12)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 3, Daytona 0
Jason Creasy will make his tenth start of the season today, the first Pirates minor league starter to reach that mark. Creasy has been hit hard in each of his last two outings, giving up five runs in each game. Prior to that, he gave up a combined ten runs in his first seven starts. Creasy has thrown a total of 39.1 innings, allowing 41 hits, three homers and ten walks. He has 26 strikeouts, a 1.07 GO/AO ratio and a .272 BAA. He is holding left-handed batters to a .229 average with no homers.
Low-A: West Virginia (15-30) vs Lakewood (17-26) 7:05pm 5/22
Probable starter: Cody Dickson (2-5, 4.70)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 4, Delmarva 1
West Virginia has off today. When they resume play on Thursday, they will face Lakewood for the first time this season. The two teams will play a four game series. This is the first of 15 games between them, with 11 games being played in West Virginia. Cody Dickson will be on the mound on Thursday, making his ninth start of the season. The Power are in last place in their division, just behind Lakewood. West Virginia has a 5-16 home record this season.
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.
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.
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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.