Three afternoon games on the schedule today. Only Altoona plays at night. 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 (24-18) @ Gwinnett (24-17) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Jake Brigham (1-2, 3.38)
Yesterday’s Result: Gwinnett 6, Indianapolis 5
Jake Brigham will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. He has thrown 37.1 innings, giving up 30 hits, two homers and 13 walks. Brigham has 40 strikeouts, an 0.95 GO/AO ratio and a .211 BAA. In his last outing, he pitched three innings of relief, throwing shutout ball on one hit and two walks. Brigham has a 2.16 road ERA in four starts.
AA: Altoona (16-24) vs Richmond (21-19) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (0-1, 2.63)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 3, Richmond 0
Zack Dodson will make his fourth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. Dodson has thrown a total of 13.2 innings, allowing 18 hits, no homers and seven walks. He has eight strikeouts, an 0.73 GO/AO ratio and a .353 BAA. The Curve activated him from the disabled list on Tuesday and he made his third start. Dodson was on a limited pitch count, allowing him to go three innings. He gave up one run on four hits and a walk. Dodson missed a month with an oblique injury.
High-A: Bradenton (19-23) vs Dunedin (30-11) 1:00pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (3-3, 4.04)
Yesterday’s Result: Dunedin 5, Bradenton 1
John Kuchno will make his ninth start of the season today. He has pitched 35.2 innings, giving up 33 hits, no homers and 21 walks. Kuchno has 19 strikeouts, a 3.10 GO/AO ratio and a .246 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, allowing three runs(two earned) on five hits and four walks. Kuchno struck out five batters, a season high. He has surrendered three runs or less in seven of his eight starts.
Low-A: West Virginia (13-28) vs Delmarva (22-19) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (2-1, 4.94)
Yesterday’s Result: Delmarva 11, West Virginia 4
Dovydas Neverauskas will make his eighth start of the season today. He has thrown 31 innings, allowing 40 hits, three homers and 17 walks. Neverauskas has 23 strikeouts, an 0.91 GO/AO ratio and a .320 BAA. In his last start, he allowed two runs on three hits and three walks over five innings. At home this season, he has a 6.19 ERA vs 3.60 on the road. Left-handed batters are hitting .339 against Neverauskas.
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.
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.
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