Four games on the schedule today. Bradenton and the DSL Pirates are both 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 (40-29) vs Gwinnett (34-34) 1:35pm
Probable starter: Adam Wilk (4-5, 4.63)
Yesterday’s Result: Durham 9, Indianapolis 2
Adam Wilk will make his 13th start of the season this afternoon. He has also pitched once in relief. Wilk has pitched 72 innings, giving up 77 hits, nine homers and 21 walks. He has 50 strikeouts, an 0.86 GO/AO ratio and a .280 BAA. In his last start, Wilk allowed three runs(two earned) on four hits and two walks over seven innings. He is holding left-handed batters to a .200 BAA, while right-handed hitters are hitting .300(66-for-220).
AA: Altoona (25-40) vs Reading (32-33) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (3-5, 4.41)
Yesterday’s Result: Reading 5, Altoona 2
Joely Rodriguez will make his 13th start of the season tonight. He has pitched 63.1 innings, allowing 71 hits, three homers and 19 walks. He has 33 strikeouts, a 1.64 GO/AO ratio and a .287 BAA. In his last start, Rodriguez surrendered five runs on ten hits in six innings. At home this season, he has a 4.09 ERA in six starts. Rodriguez posted a 3.66 ERA in six starts during the month of May.
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. They will start playing again on Monday night on the road against Fort Myers.
Low-A: West Virginia (20-47) vs Delmarva (37-31) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Luis Heredia (0-2, 5.93)
Yesterday’s Result: Delmarva 6, West Virginia 4 (game one) Delmarva 14, West Virginia 5 (game two)
Luis Heredia will make his fifth start of the season today. He has made two starts since returning from shoulder soreness, which put him out of action for a month. In his return game, Heredia allowed six runs(five earned) over four innings. In his last start, he went 4.2 innings, giving up five runs, which were all unearned. He gave up two hits and walked five batters. He has eight strikeouts in 13.2 innings.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (1-1) vs Mahoning Valley (1-1) 4:05pm
Probable Starter: Tyler Eppler (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 4, Mahoning Valley 1
Tyler Eppler will make his pro debut today. He is a 21-year-old right-hander, who pitched at Sam Houston State. Eppler was taken in the sixth round of the 2014 draft. You can read more about him on his player page, which is linked under his name above. Check out the Jamestown Jammers season preview.
DSL: Pirates (5-8) vs Yankees2 (9-4) 10:30am 6/16
Yesterday’s Result: Yankees2 13, Pirates 2
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: 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.
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