Four night games on the schedule tonight, with Adrian Sampson on the mound for Altoona tonight, trying to continue his impressive season. Last year for Bradenton, he allowed more hits than anyone else in the Pirates minor league system, so he has been the biggest breakout prospect this season. 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 (37-27) vs Durham (40-27) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (1-2, 4.18)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 4, Lehigh Valley 3
Tyler Waldron will make his fourth start for Indianapolis. He has also pitched eight times in relief. Waldron has also pitched six times in relief this season for Bradenton and once for Altoona. In 34.1 total innings, he has 35 strikeouts, a 1.60 GO/AO ratio and a .195 BAA.
AA: Altoona (24-39) vs Portland (42-22) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (4-3, 2.07)
Yesterday’s Result: Portland 5, Altoona 1
Adrian Sampson will make his 13th start of the season tonight. He has pitched 69.2 innings, allowing 58 hits, two homers and 17 walks. He has 55 strikeouts, a 1.07 GO/AO ratio and a .227 BAA. In his last start, Sampson went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven batters. He had his best start of the season in his previous outing, throwing eight shutout innings. Sampson has a 1.19 home ERA this season in six starts.
High-A: Bradenton (33-31) vs Palm Beach (34-31) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (3-2, 3.50)
Yesterday’s Result: Palm Beach 9, Bradenton 3
Jason Creasy with make his 14th start of the season, the first Pirates minor league pitcher to reach that total. He has thrown 61.2 innings, surrendering 64 hits, three homers and 12 walks. Creasy has 44 strikeouts, an 0.99 GO/AO ratio and a .267 BAA. In his last start, he went seven innings and allowed four runs, though just one was earned. He threw six shutout innings in his prior start. Creasy has started just four times at home this year, posting a 4.00 ERA in 18 innings.
Low-A: West Virginia (20-44) vs Greensboro (39-26) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Buddy Borden (2-4, 3.36)
Yesterday’s Result: Greensboro 5, West Virginia 2
Buddy Borden will make his 13th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 56.1 innings, giving up 45 hits, four homers and 25 walks. He has 46 strikeouts, an 0.98 GO/AO ratio and a .214 BAA. In his last start, Borden allowed six runs over five innings. He had 45 strikeouts through his first 46.1 innings, but in his last two starts combined, he has one strikeout and seven walks. At home this season, Borden has allowed just one earned run over 14.1 innings.
DSL: Pirates (2-7) vs Angels (3-6) 10:30am
Result: Angels 10, Pirates 6
Check out the DSL Pirates season preview.
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.
5/23 Tony Sanchez assigned to Indianapolis.
5/23: Josh Wall assigned to Indianapolis roster.
5/22: Edwin Espinal activated from disabled list. Candon Myles placed on disabled list.
5/21: Andy Otamendi added to Bradenton roster. Orlando Castro assigned to Jamestown.
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.
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Sampson has outperformed Kingham this season. Does his statistical performance move him past Kingham on the prospect ratings, and should he receive a promotion to Indy?