Today is the best night for prospects on the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league schedule this year, with three prospects ranked in the top 17 listed as probables. On top of that, Jeff Locke will make his second start since returning from his spot start with the Pirates. 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 (23-17) vs Pawtucket (24-18) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (1-1, 4.85)
Yesterday’s Result: Pawtucket 4, Indianapolis 0
Jeff Locke will make his sixth start of the season for Indianapolis tonight. He has also started once for Bradenton and once for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In his five Indianapolis starts, Locke has pitched 26 innings, giving up 30 hits, five homers and seven walks. He has 22 strikeouts, a 1.62 GO/AO ratio and a .283 BAA. Locke allowed two runs over seven innings in his last start. He faced Pawtucket on 5/1, giving up two runs over two innings, before being pulled due to his recall to the Pirates.
AA: Altoona (15-23) vs Richmond (20-18) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-3, 3.41)
Yesterday’s Result: Binghamton 3, Altoona 2
Nick Kingham will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has thrown 37 innings, giving up 39 hits, no homers and 17 walks. Kingham has 31 strikeouts, an 0.86 GO/AO ratio and a .271 BAA. In his last start, he gave up two runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings. Kingham faced Richmond on 4/17 at home, giving up two runs(both unearned) over five innings.
High-A: Bradenton (19-21) vs Dunedin (28-11) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Tyler Glasnow (0-3, 3.71)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 7, Lakeland 6 in 10 innings (game one) Lakeland 4 Bradenton 3 in 8 innings(game two)
Tyler Glasnow will make his fifth start of the season. He has picked up the loss in each of his last three outings despite giving up a total of six hits. Glasnow has had control issues, leading to 15 walks in 17 innings this season. He has 15 strikeouts, an 0.89 GO/AO ratio and a .140 BAA. In his last outing, he allowed three runs over five innings. It was his first home start of the year.
Low-A: West Virginia (13-26) @ Augusta (17-22) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Cody Dickson (2-4, 4.86)
Yesterday’s Result: Augusta 3, West Virginia 2
Cody Dickson will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 33.1 innings, allowing 39 hits, three homers and 13 walks. Dickson has 22 strikeouts, a 1.09 GO/AO ratio and a .298 BAA. In his last start, he went four innings, giving up four runs on four hits and four walks. After not walking a single batter in his first two starts, he has walked at least two batters in each of his last five outings. Since striking out seven batters in his first game, has hasn’t topped three strikeouts in any of his last six starts.
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.
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.
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.