Six teams on the schedule today with three early afternoon games. Both the GCL and DSL Pirates are off today. 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 (44-31) @ Norfolk (30-45) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (7-1, 2.43)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 10, Norfolk 4
Casey Sadler will make his tenth start of the season today. He has already picked up seven wins this year despite having two brief stints with the Pirates. For Indianapolis, Sadler has thrown 55.2 innings, allowing 48 hits, four homers and 12 walks. He has 39 strikeouts, a 1.66 GO/AO ratio and a .239 BAA. In his last start, he threw five shutout innings, giving up four hits and three walks, while picking up three strikeouts.
AA: Altoona (26-47) @ Portland (49-25) 1:00pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (4-4, 2.15)
Yesterday’s Result: Portland 5, Altoona 1 (game one) Portland 3, Altoona 2 (game two)
Adrian Sampson will make his 15th start of the season today. He has thrown 79.2 innings, allowing 65 hits, four homers and 18 walks. He has 62 strikeouts, a 1.07 GO/AO ratio and a .223 BAA. In his last start, Sampson gave up one run over seven innings. He faced Portland in his previous start and gave up two runs over three innings in a start that was cut short due to rain. Sampson is holding right-handed batters to a .186 average this year.
High-A: Bradenton (38-34, 3-0 2nd half) vs Palm Beach (39-33) 5:00pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (3-6, 3.82)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 7, Jupiter 0
John Kuchno will make his 15th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 70.2 innings, allowing 66 hits, two homers and 34 walks. Kuchno has 39 strikeouts, a 2.76 GO/AO ratio and a .251 BAA. In his last start, he allowed three runs on five hits and three walks in six innings. Kuchno went seven innings in each of his three previous outings. He has a 2.28 ERA at home this year.
Low-A: West Virginia (22-49, 2-1 2nd half) @ Lakewood (28-44) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Shane Carle (1-5, 3.93)
Yesterday’s Result: Lakewood 6, West Virginia 5 in 10 innings
Shane Carle will make his 12th start of the season today. His last three appearances were made in relief and he hasn’t started since May 30th. Carle has given up eight earned runs over his last five innings. He started against Lakewood on May 25th and allowed just one run over seven innings. Carle has given up six walks in 66.1 innings and he has a 1.98 GO/AO ratio.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (2-7) vs Williamsport (4-5) 4:05pm
Probable Starter: Austin Coley (0-1, 32.40)
Yesterday’s Result: State College 6, Jamestown 2
Austin Coley will make his second start of the season tonight. He was the eighth round draft pick of the Pirates this year. Coley went 1.2 innings in his debut, allowing six runs on four hits, two walks and he didn’t record a strikeout. For more information, check out his player page highlighted under his name above. Check out the Jamestown Jammers season preview.
RK: Bristol (1-2) vs Burlington (0-3) 6:00pm
Probable Starter: Billy Roth (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Princeton 3, Bristol 2
Billy Roth will make his season debut tonight. He was the 16th round draft pick of the Pirates last year. Roth is a 19-year-old, 6’3″, right-hander. In the GCL last year, he made six starts, throwing a total of 19.1 innings. Roth allowed 15 hits, one homer and nine walks. He had ten strikeouts, a 1.28 GO/AO ratio and a .231 BAA. Check out the Bristol Pirates season preview.
GCL: Pirates (0-2) vs Blue Jays (0-2) 12:00pm 6/23
Probable Starter: Dario Agrazal Jr. (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Yankees1 6, Pirates 4
The GCL Pirates are off today. Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (6-13) vs Rangers1 (16-3) 10:30am 6/23
Yesterday’s Result: Rangers1 10, Pirates 3
Check out the DSL Pirates second week recap.
6/21: Jason Townsend assigned to Altoona from Jamestown.
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.
5/23 Tony Sanchez assigned to Indianapolis.
5/23: Josh Wall assigned to Indianapolis roster.
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