Five games on the schedule tonight, with all four full-season affiliates playing at night. Two All-Star teams were announced yesterday, with two West Virginia players and two Bradenton players selected to represent their team. 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 (34-24) @ Syracuse (33-25) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Jay Jackson (2-1, 5.26)
Yesterday’s Result: Syracuse 5, Indianapolis 1
Jay Jackson will make his sixth start of the season. He has also pitched eight times in relief. As a starter, Jackson has a 4.76 ERA in 22.2 innings, with 24 strikeouts and a .206 BAA. In his last start, he threw four shutout innings. Jackson has actually been on quite a streak recently after starting the season off poorly. In his last five appearances, he has thrown a total of 10.2 scoreless innings.
AA: Altoona (20-37) vs Binghamton (31-25) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (2-4, 4.21)
Yesterday’s Result: Binghamton 15, Altoona 6
Joely Rodriguez will make his 11th start of the season. He has pitched 51.1 innings, giving up 55 hits, three homers and 17 walks. He has 27 strikeouts, a 1.61 GO/AO ratio and a .274 BAA. In his last start, Rodriguez gave up three runs on seven hits and three walks in 5.1 innings. In his previous outing, he threw six shutout innings. Rodriguez faced Binghamton on 5/14 and gave up four runs over five innings, while picking up a season-high seven strikeouts.
High-A: Bradenton (30-28) @ Brevard County (29-27) 6:35pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (3-4, 4.09)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 7, Clearwater 1
John Kuchno will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 50.2 innings, allowing 49 hits, one homer and 27 walks. He has 30 strikeouts, an amazing 2.96 GO/AO ratio and a .258 BAA. In his last start, Kuchno threw seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits and a walk. It was just the second time in his career he went seven innings. He has been much better at home this year, posting a 2.28 ERA in five starts, compared to 5.67 in six road starts.
Low-A: West Virginia (20-38) vs Kannapolis (27-30) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Luis Heredia (0-1, 7.20)
Yesterday’s Result: Kannapolis 3, West Virginia 0
Luis Heredia will make his third start of the season tonight. In his last start, he left after one pitch due to shoulder soreness. This is his first start since April 12th. In his only other start, Heredia went five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Last season for West Virginia, he had a 3.05 ERA in 65 innings, with 55 strikeouts and a .224 BAA.
DSL: Pirates (0-3) vs Braves (2-1) 10:30am
Result: Braves 10, Pirates 6
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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.
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.
5/9: Miguel Rosario added to West Virginia roster. Jerry Mulderig assigned to Jamestown roster.
5/9: Kenn Kasparek assigned to Jamestown roster.
5/8: Harold Ramirez activated from disabled list. Michael Fransoso assigned to Jamestown roster.
5/8: Matt Curry activated from disabled list and assigned to Altoona.
5/7: Andrew Lambo placed on disabled list.
5/6: Jeff Locke assigned to Indianapolis. Phil Irwin promoted to majors.
5/6: Vance Worley added to Indianapolis roster.
5/5: Duke Welker placed on disabled list. Adalberto Santos assigned to Indianapolis roster.
5/5: Jeff Locke promoted to Pirates. Casey Sadler assigned to Indianapolis.
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