Six games on the schedule tonight with one doubleheader. West Virginia was rained out last night. They will play two games today. Bradenton is off today as the Florida State League All-Star game takes place tonight. 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 (40-28) vs Durham (41-29) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jay Jackson (4-1, 4.53)
Yesterday’s Result: Durham 2, Indianapolis 1 in 10 innings
Jay Jackson will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched eight times in relief. As a starter, Jackson has a 3.89 ERA in 34.2 innings. In his last start, he allowed just one run over six innings, striking out seven batters. Jackson had an 8.05 ERA in April and a 2.35 ERA since May 1st.
AA: Altoona (25-39) vs Reading (31-33) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Joan Montero (2-1, 4.40)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 5, Reading 4
Joan Montero will make his first start of the season tonight. He has pitched 20 times in relief this year. In his six year career, he has made just four starts, including three last season. Montero has pitched 30.2 innings this year, allowing 41 hits, no homers and 14 walks. He has 16 strikeouts, a 1.11 GO/AO ratio and a .320 BAA. His season high for innings this year is 2.1 on May 19th.
High-A: Bradenton (35-31) @ Fort Myers (38-28) 7:05pm 6/16
Probable starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was off yesterday
Bradenton is on their All-Star break. The All-Star game will take place tonight at McKechnie Field. Josh Bell and Orlando Castro will represent the Marauders. Pitchers Josh Smith and Bryton Trepagnier were added to the roster as replacements.
Cody Dickson will make his 13th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 54.2 innings, allowing 66 hits, seven homers and 27 walks. He has 43 strikeouts, an 0.92 GO/AO ratio and a .303 BAA. In his last start, he allowed five runs and five walks in 4.1 innings. Dickson gave up four runs over 4.2 innings in his previous outing. During home games, he has an 8.62 ERA and a .405 BAA. Dovydas Neverauskas will get the start in the second game. He has thrown 53.1 innings, allowing 68 hits, seven homers and 27 walks. He has 35 strikeouts, an 0.90 GO/AO ratio and a .319 BAA. In his last start, Neverauskas gave up six runs on eight hits and a walk in just three innings. He threw five shutout innings the last time he faced Delmarva. Out of the 28 pitchers in the Pirates system that have thrown at least 35 innings this season, Neverauskas and Dickson are 27th and 28th in ERA.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (0-1) vs Mahoning Valley (1-0) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Marek Minarik (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Mahoning Valley 10, Jamestown 9
Marek Minarik will make his debut in the Pittsburgh Pirates system. He did not pitch in the United States in 2013. Minarik pitched in the Philadelphia Phillies system, spending two seasons(2011-12) in the Gulf Coast League. He was signed as a minor league free agent by the Pirates in December. Check out the Jamestown Jammers season preview.
DSL: Pirates (5-7) vs Yankees2 (8-4) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 4, Astros Orange 3
Check out the DSL Pirates season preview.
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: 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.
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