Minor League Schedule: A.J. Morris Looks to Continue Strong Season

All eight Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates are on the schedule today. Indianapolis has a noon start time. 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.     

A.J. Morris threw a complete game shutout in his second AAA start
A.J. Morris threw a complete game shutout in his second AAA start


AAA: Indianapolis (45-31) @ Norfolk (30-46) 12:05pm
Probable starter: A.J. Morris (1-2, 1.35)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 5, Norfolk 4

A.J. Morris will make his fourth start for Indianapolis today. He has pitched well in AAA, giving up just three earned runs over 20 innings. In his last start, he gave up one run on five hits and two walks in five innings. Morris made eight starts and five relief appearances for Altoona this year. Between both stops, he has pitched a total of 75 innings, allowing 58 hits, four homers and 23 walks. He has 53 walks, a 2.04 GO/AO ratio and a .215 BAA.

AA: Altoona (27-47) @ New Britain (39-32) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (1-3, 4.22)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 5, Portland 4

Zack Dodson will make his 11th start of the season. He has also pitched once in relief. Dodson has pitched a total of 49 innings, allowing 62 hits, four homers and 13 walks. He has 30 strikeouts, a 1.79 GO/AO ratio and a .316 BAA. In his last start, Dodson went seven innings for the first time this year. He allowed three runs on four hits in that outing. Dodson has a 3.14 road ERA and a 5.75 ERA at home.

High-A: Bradenton (38-35, 3-1 2nd half) vs Palm Beach (40-33) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (3-3, 3.91)
Yesterday’s Result: Palm Beach 6, Bradenton 3

Jason Creasy will make his 16th start of the season. He has thrown 71.1 innings, giving up 77 hits, four homers and 13 walks. He has 52 strikeouts, a 1.11 GO/AO ratio and a .276 BAA. In his last start, Creasy surrendered four runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings. He struck out seven batters, his season high. Creasy faced Palm Beach in his previous outing and allowed three runs over four innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (23-49, 3-1 2nd half) @ Delmarva (40-32) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (3-5, 6.55)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 4, Lakewood 3

Dovydas Neverauskas will make his 14th start of the season tonight. He has the highest ERA among all regular starters in the Pirates system. Neverauskas has struggled in June, making three starts in which he allowed 17 runs in 9.2 innings. He has faced Delmarva twice with drastically different results. In his last start, he allowed eight runs over 1.2 innings. In the previous game, he threw five shutout innings.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (3-7) vs Williamsport (4-6) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Frank Duncan (0-0, 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result:  Jamestown 9, Williamsport 3

Frank Duncan will make his second start for Jamestown. He went three innings in his debut, allowed one unearned run on three hits, with no walks or strikeouts. Duncan is a 22-year-old, 6’4″ right-hander that pitched for Kansas this season and he was drafted in the 13th round.

RK: Bristol (1-3) vs Burlington (1-3) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: Hector Garcia (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Burlington 12Bristol 3

Hector Garcia will make his season debut tonight. He is an 18-year-old lefty, who pitched one season in the DSL for the Pirates, making one start and 16 relief appearances. He had a 2.40 ERA in 41.1 innings, giving up 30 hits, one homer and 22 walks. Garcia had 41 strikeouts, an 0.58 GO/AO ratio and a .200 BAA. Check out the Bristol Pirates season preview.

GCL: Pirates (0-2) vs Blue Jays (0-2) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Dario Agrazal Jr. (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off yesterday

Dario Agrazal Jr. will make his season debut today. The 19-year-old righty pitched one season in the DSL for the Pirates. He made 12 starts and one relief appearance, throwing a total of 60 innings. Agrazal had a 2.40 ERA with 17 walks, 32 strikeouts, an 0.97 GO/AO ratio and a .249 BAA. Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.

DSL: Pirates (6-13) vs  Rangers1 (16-3) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off yesterday

Check out the DSL Pirates third week recap.

Recent Transactions

6/21: Jason Townsend assigned to Altoona from Jamestown. Matt Benedict sent to Bradenton.

6/20: Stetson Allie placed on disabled list. Kelson Brown activated from disabled list.

6/20: Carlos Paulino assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.

6/20: Jake Brigham activated from disabled list.

6/19: Jared LaKind assigned to Jamestown

6/18: Pirates release Cody Eppley.

6/17: Jason Townsend sent to Jamestown on rehab assignment.

6/12: Nick Kingham promoted to Indianapolis. Kenn Kasparek added to Altoona roster.

6/12: Pat Ludwig promoted to Altoona. Robby Rowland activated from Bradenton disabled list.

6/10: Gregory Polanco promoted to Majors. Brent Morel activated from disabled list.

6/9: Pirates release Cameron Griffin, Mitch Slauter, Mike Spano and Beau Wallace.

6/8: Walker Gourley placed on disabled list. D.J. Crumlich activated from Bradenton disabled list.

6/6: Stolmy Pimentel assigned to Altoona on rehab.

6/6: A.J. Morris promoted to Indianapolis.

6/6: Chris Dickerson activated from disabled list. Jake Brigham placed on disabled list.

6/5: Vin Mazzaro assigned to Indianapolis.

6/5: Yao-Hsun Yang added to Altoona roster. Tyler Sample placed on disabled list.

6/5: Robby Rowland placed on disabled list. Jeff Inman assigned to Bradenton roster.

6/4: Luis Heredia activated from disabled list. Miguel Rosario assigned to Jamestown roster.

6/3: Jose Osuna and Jordan Steranka activated from Bradenton disabled list. D.J. Crumlich and Ashley Ponce placed on disabled list.

6/3: Wirfin Obispo assigned to Indianapolis.

6/2: Stolmy Pimentel assigned to Bradenton on rehab.

5/31: Brent Morel placed on disabled list.

5/31: Junior Sosa added to Altoona roster.

5/30: Eight players released from DSL roster.

5/30: Mel Rojas Jr. promoted to Indianapolis. Chris Dickerson placed on disabled list.

5/30: Brandon Mann released. Ryan Beckman added to Altoona roster.

5/30: Kenn Kasparek added to Indianapolis roster.

5/29: Francisco Diaz assigned to Jamestown roster.

5/28: Candon Myles activated from the disabled list. Adam Landecker assigned to Jamestown roster.

5/27: Kawika Emsley-Pai assigned from Altoona to West Virginia.

5/26: Ralph Henriquez sent from Indianapolis to Altoona. Cody Eppley assigned to Indianapolis.

5/24: Andy Otamendi assigned to Extended Spring Training. Orlando Castro assigned to Bradenton.

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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