Four games on the schedule today after two doubleheaders yesterday. All four teams have early start times, including a 1pm first pitch for Altoona, who will send Nick Kingham to the mound. He has had two straight poor outings after starting the season off strong. 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 (19-9) @ Pawtucket (17-13) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Jay Jackson (1-1, 8.05)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 4, Pawtucket 3
Jay Jackson will make his fourth start of the season today. He has also pitched three times in relief. As a starter, he has 7.82 ERA in 12.2 innings. In his last start, Jackson gave up five runs on five hits and two walks over five innings. He had seven strikeouts. In 19 innings this season, he has 24 strikeouts, an 0.43 GO/AO ratio and a .260 BAA.
AA: Altoona (11-16) vs Akron (17-11) 1:00pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-1, 3.46)
Yesterday’s Result: Akron 9, Altoona 7 (game one) Akron 2, Altoona 1 (game two)
Nick Kingham will get his sixth start of the season. He has had trouble in each of his last two outings, giving up 11 runs(nine earned) over nine innings. In his first three starts combined, he gave up just one earned run over 17 innings. On the year, Kingham has thrown 26 innings, giving up 26 hits, no homers and 12 walks. He has 20 strikeouts, an 0.96 GO/AO ratio and a .263 BAA. He is holding right-handed batters to a .224 average.
High-A: Bradenton (15-14) @ Ft Myers (16-13) 4:05pm
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (1-1, 3.16)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 3, St Lucie 2 (game one) St Lucie 5, Bradenton 1 (game two)
Jason Creasy will make his seventh start of the season, the first Pirates minor leaguer to reach that total. He has pitched 25.2 innings, allowing 24 hits, one homer and eight walks. Creasy has 13 strikeouts, an 0.90 GO/AO ratio and a .255 BAA. In his last start, which was against Ft Myers, he gave up one run on four hits and no walks in five innings. Creasy has a 3.78 ERA in four road starts.
Low-A: West Virginia (11-18) @ Greensboro (15-13) 4:00pm
Probable starter: Buddy Borden (0-1, 1.37)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 5, Greensboro 4
Buddy Borden will get his sixth start of the season today. He has pitched 19.2 innings, giving up 13 hits, one homer and nine walks. He has 19 strikeouts, an 0.83 GO/AO ratio and a .176 BAA. In his last start, Borden threw six shutout innings, allowing two hits and no walks. In his previous outing, he threw four shutout innings. He has a 2.70 ERA on the road, 0.00 in three home starts.
5/4: Jose Osuna placed on disabled list. D.J. Crumlich added to Bradenton roster.
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.
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.
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.