Eight games on the schedule today, with Luis Heredia making his fourth start on the road, where he has struggled this season. 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 (46-33) @ Durham (44-37) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Adam Wilk (6-5, 4.29)
Yesterday’s Result: Durham 6, Indianapolis 3
Adam Wilk will get his 15th start of the season tonight. He also pitched once in relief. He has thrown a total of 86 innings, giving up 89 hits, 11 homers and 24 walks. Wilk has 58 strikeouts, an 0.83 GO/AO ratio and a .274 BAA. In his last start, he allowed one earned run over seven innings. It was the third straight time he pitched seven innings. Wilk is third in innings pitched among Pirates minor leaguers and he has allowed the most homers.
AA: Altoona (28-49) vs Binghamton (45-32) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (3-6, 4.48)
Yesterday’s Result: New Britain 3, Altoona 1
Joely Rodriguez will make his 15th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 76.1 innings, allowing 83 hits, three homers and 23 walks. He has 39 strikeouts, a 1.60 GO/AO ratio and a .283 BAA. In his last start, Rodriguez went six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits and three walks. He has made seven starts at home and seven on the road, posting an ERA of 3.83 in Altoona and 5.20 away from home.
High-A: Bradenton (40-36, 5-2 2nd half) vs Jupiter (27-48) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Chad Kuhl (8-5, 3.76)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 11, Jupiter 0
Chad Kuhl will get his 16th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 83.2 innings, allowing 84 hits, five homers and 14 walks. He has 60 strikeouts, a 1.79 GO/AO ratio and a .265 BAA. In his last start, which was against Jupiter, he threw seven shutout innings, surrendering four hits and no walks, while picking up seven strikeouts. Kuhl has a 4.81 ERA at home this year.
Low-A: West Virginia (25-50, 5-2 2nd half) @ Delmarva (41-34) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Luis Heredia (0-2, 4.94)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 7, Delmarva 5
Luis Heredia will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 23.2 innings, allowing 22 hits, three homers and 15 walks. He has 16 strikeouts, a 1.29 GO/AO ratio and a .242 BAA. In his last start, which was covered here, he went five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks, picking up four strikeouts. In his previous two outings combined, Heredia allowed one earned run over 9.2 innings. Right-handed batters are hitting just .184 against him. He has an 0.93 ERA at home and 7.71 on the road.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (5-8) @ Mahoning Valley (5-8) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Alex McRae (0-0, 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 8, State College 7 in 12 innings
Alex McRae will make his third start since signing with the Pirates. The tenth round pick this year has thrown shutout ball over 6.1 innings. He has given up just three hits, hasn’t walked anyone and he has five strikeouts.
RK: Bristol (2-5) vs Johnson City (4-3) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Johnson City 9, Bristol 4
No starter has been announced yet for Bristol. Check out the Bristol Pirates season preview.
GCL: Pirates (1-4) vs Phillies (2-3) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Gerardo Navarro (0-0, 1.80)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 6, Phillies 2
Gerardo Navarro will make his second start of the season today. He went five innings in his debut, giving up one run on two hits, with no walks or strikeouts. He is a 20-year-old righty from Mexico, who pitched as a rookie in the DSL last year. Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (6-16) vs Rangers2 (10-12) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Marlins 4, Pirates 1
Check out the DSL Pirates third week recap.
6/26: Dan Gamache assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.
6/26: Adalberto Santos traded to San Francisco Giants.
6/26: Danny Collins placed on disabled list. Justin Topa activated from West Virginia disabled list.
6/25: John Holdzkom assigned to Altoona roster.
6/25: A.J. Morris placed on disabled list. Jhonathan Ramos promoted to Indianapolis.
6/24: Nate Baker added to GCL roster on rehab assignment.
6/23: JaCoby Jones and Justin Topa placed on West Virginia disabled list. Zack Von Rosenberg activated from disabled list.
6/23: Jeff Roy and Ashley Ponce sent to West Virginia. Candon Myles sent to Jamestown.
6/23: Ulises Montilla added to 60-day disabled list.
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.
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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.