All eight Pittsburgh Pirates affiliates are on the schedule today. The two best pitchers in the system will go today, with Tyler Glasnow getting the early morning start. 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 (45-32) @ Durham (43-36) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-0, 0.64)
Yesterday’s Result: Norfolk 5, Indianapolis 3
Nick Kingham will make his third start for Indianapolis tonight. He made 12 starts for Altoona this year. In his AAA debut, Kingham threw seven shutout innings. He gave up one run over seven innings in his last start. In each of his last four starts for Altoona, Kingham was able to go seven innings. His 64 strikeouts this year is just one behind Adrian Sampson, who leads all Pirates minor league pitchers in strikeouts.
AA: Altoona (28-47) @ New Britain (39-33) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Pat Ludwig (0-1, 4.50)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 4, New Britain 3
Pat Ludwig will make his second start for Altoona tonight. In his first start, he went five innings, allowing one run on six hits and two walks. He made four starts and 11 relief appearances for Bradenton this year. On the season, Ludwig has thrown a total of 58 innings, surrendering 67 hits, six homers and 15 walks. He has 45 strikeouts, a 1.30 GO/AO ratio and a .286 BAA.
High-A: Bradenton (39-35, 4-1 2nd half) vs Palm Beach (40-34) 10:30am
Probable starter: Tyler Glasnow (4-3, 1.66)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 11, Palm Beach 6
Tyler Glasnow will make his 11th start of the season. He has thrown shutout ball in each of his last four starts, throwing a total of 21.2 scoreless innings. In 48.2 innings this season, he has 30 walks and 55 strikeouts. Glasnow has not allowed a home run this year. He has an 0.81 GO/AO ratio and a .160 BAA. He is holding right-handed batters to a .129 BAA. Glasnow faced Palm Beach on 6/12 and threw five shutout innings, striking out seven batters.
Low-A: West Virginia (23-50, 3-2 2nd half) @ Delmarva (41-32) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Buddy Borden (3-5, 3.48)
Yesterday’s Result: Delmarva 5, West Virginia 1
Buddy Borden will make his 15th start of the season. He has thrown a total of 67.1 innings, allowing 58 hits, six homers and 30 walks. Borden has 52 strikeouts, an 0.92 GO/AO ratio and a .230 BAA. In his last start, he went six innings, giving up one run on six hits and two walks. He faced Delmarva on May 20th, giving up one run over five innings.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (3-8) @ State College (8-3) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Marek Minarik (0-1, 2.25)
Yesterday’s Result: Williamsport 8, Jamestown 5
Marek Minarik will make his third start of the season tonight. He went four innings in his last game, giving up two runs on two hits and four walks. In his first start, Minarik threw four shutout innings, allowing a hit and three walks. He has five strikeouts.
RK: Bristol (1-4) vs Burlington (2-3) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: Omar Basulto (0-0, 1.80)
Yesterday’s Result: Burlington 3, Bristol 1
Omar Basulto will make his second start of the season tonight. In his debut, he went five innings, allowing one run on five hits and two walks, with two strikeouts. Basulto had a 2.09 ERA over 69 innings last year in the DSL. Check out the Bristol Pirates season preview.
GCL: Pirates (0-3) vs Blue Jays (1-2) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Neil Kozikowski (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Blue Jays 7, Pirates 2
Neil Kozikowski will make his first start of the season today. The eighth round draft pick of the Pirates in 2013, pitched in the GCL last year, making six starts and one relief appearance. In 24 innings, Kozikowski allowed 24 hits, two homers and three walks. He had 13 strikeouts, a 1.32 GO/AO ratio and a .253 BAA. Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (6-14) vs Marlins (8-12) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Rangers1 4, Pirates 1
Check out the DSL Pirates third week recap.
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: 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.
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.