Minor League Schedule: John Kuchno Has Been a Ground Ball Machine This Year

Three night games on the schedule tonight. Altoona is 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. 

Kuchno has had much success keeping the ball on the ground this year
Kuchno has had much success keeping the ball on the ground this year


AAA: Indianapolis (36-27) @ Lehigh Valley (32-32) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jay Jackson (3-1, 4.95)
Yesterday’s Result:  Indianapolis 4, Lehigh Valley 2

Jay Jackson will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has also pitched eight times in relief. Jackson has thrown a total of 43.2 innings, allowing 46 hits, six homers and 21 walks. He has 48 strikeouts, an 0.58 GO/AO ratio and a .260 BAA. In his last start, Jackson allowed two runs over six innings, walking none and striking out six batters. He has a 4.63 ERA in 23.1 innings on the road.

AA: Altoona (24-38) vs Portland (41-22) 7:00pm 6/10
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (3-4, 4.08)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 9, Trenton 7

Altoona has off today. They are in fifth place in their division, 14 games out of first place. When they resume play on Tuesday, the Curve will take on Portland, starting a three game series at home. The two clubs play each other a total of six time this season, with a three game series in Portland scheduled for next weekend. Altoona is 14-18 at home this year and 4-6 in their last ten games.

High-A: Bradenton (32-30) vs Charlotte (30-31) 6:30pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (3-5, 4.06)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 5, Charlotte 4

John Kuchno will make his 13th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 57.2 innings, allowing 55 hits, one homers and 29 walks. He has 32 strikeouts, an impressive 2.91 GO/AO ratio and a .255 BAA. Last season for West Virginia, he had a 2.29 GO/AO ratio. Kuchno went seven innings in each of his last two starts. He has faced Charlotte three times this year, allowing a total of nine runs over 8.2 innings. His longest outing against them was 4.1 innings on May 8th. Kuchno has a 2.28 ERA at home this season, 5.59 on the road.

Low-A: West Virginia (20-42) vs Greensboro (37-26) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (3-3, 4.83)
Yesterday’s Result: Hickory 4, West Virginia 2  in 6 innings

Dovydas Neverauskas will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has a high ERA, but it’s actually skewed by two rough outings. In nine of his starts, he has allowed three runs or less. Neverauskas has faced Greensboro twice already this season, allowing three runs over five innings on may 2nd, and one run over six innings on May 29th. At home this season, he has a 6.14 ERA in seven starts.

DSL: Pirates (1-6) vs Tigers (5-2) 10:30am

Result: Pirates were off yesterday

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Recent Transactions

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.

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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Andrew Grigsby

Hope to see John efficient with his pitches per inning tonight, hoping he can go longer in games. He has been on a good run & has been throwing well. Needs some more run support. Good luck Kuchno!

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