Nine games on the schedule today, with all eight Pirates affiliates going and Altoona will play their second straight doubleheader against Portland. 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 (43-31) @ Norfolk (30-44) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Adam Wilk (5-5, 4.56)
Yesterday’s Result: Norfolk 2, Indianapolis 1
Adam Wilk will make his 14th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. Wilk has thrown a total of 79 innings, giving up 83 hits, ten homers and 23 walks. He has 56 strikeouts, an 0.83 GO/AO ratio and a .277 BAA. In his last start, Wilk gave up three runs on six hits and two walks over seven innings. He threw seven innings against Norfolk on 5/10 and allowed one earned run over seven innings.
AA: Altoona (26-45) @ Portland (47-25) 5:00pm DH
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (3-5, 4.22) and Matt Benedict (0-4, 8.35)
Yesterday’s Result: Portland 4, Altoona 2 (game one) Portland 3, Altoona 0 (game two)
Joely Rodriguez will make his 14th start of the season tonight. He has pitched 70.1 innings, allowing 75 hits, three homers and 20 walks. He has 36 strikeouts, a 1.66 GO/AO ratio and a .278 BAA. In his last start, Rodriguez allowed two runs on four hits and a walk over seven innings. He faced Portland in his previous outing and gave up five runs on ten hits and a walk in six innings. Matt Benedict will start the second game. He has pitched 32.1 innings this year, all in relief. Benedict threw two shutout innings against Portland on June 10th. He has a .338 BAA, 1.95 WHIP and a 1.88 GO/AO ratio.
High-A: Bradenton (37-34, 2-0 2nd half) @ Jupiter (27-44) 5:35pm
Probable starter: Chad Kuhl (7-5, 4.11)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 1, Jupiter 0
Chad Kuhl will make his 15th start of the season tonight. He has pitched 76.2 innings, allowing 80 hits, five homers and 14 walks. Kuhl has 53 strikeouts, a .178 GO/AO ratio and a .272 BAA. He posted a 3.09 ERA in five April starts, then followed that up with a 4.79 May ERA. This month in three starts, he has a 4.08 ERA over 17.2 innings. In 158 at-bats against right-handed batters, Kuhl has issued just three walks.
Low-A: West Virginia (22-48, 2-0 2nd half) @ Lakewood (27-44) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Luis Heredia (0-2, 4.82)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 4, Lakewood 2
Luis Heredia will make his sixth start of the season tonight. In his last outing, he gave up just one run on four hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. Heredia pitched 4.2 innings in his previous game, allowing five runs, though all of them were unearned. In 18.2 innings this year, he has allowed 12 walks, struck out 12 batters and given up two homers. He has a 1.20 GO/AO ratio and a .239 BAA. Heredia missed a month of the season with shoulder soreness.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (2-6) vs State College (5-3) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Alex McRae (0-0, 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result: State College 5, Jamestown 3 in 10 innings
Alex McRae will make his second start of the season. He was drafted in the tenth round this year out of Jacksonville University. McRae pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in his debut, giving up two hits, no walks and he struck out three batters. Check out the Jamestown Jammers season preview.
RK: Bristol (1-1) @ Princeton (1-1) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Jon Sandfort (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Bristol 2, Princeton 1
Jonathan Sandfort will make his first start of the 2014 season tonight. The 19-year-old right-hander has spent the last two seasons in the GCL, where he made a total of 17 starts and one relief appearance. Last year, he had a 4.95 ERA in 36.1 innings, giving up 39 hits, three homers and 14 walks. Sandfort had 35 strikeouts, a 1.69 GO/AO ratio and a .281 BAA. Check out the Bristol Pirates season preview.
GCL: Pirates (0-1) vs Yankees1 (1-0) 10:00am
Probable Starter: Nick Hutchings (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Yankees1 4, Pirates 3 in 13 innings
Nick Hutchings gets the start today for the GCL Pirates, making his pro debut. He was signed in November 2012 out of Australia and has pitched in the Australian Baseball League. Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (6-12) vs Rangers1 (15-3) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Cubs 5, Pirates 2
Check out the DSL Pirates second week recap.
6/21: Jason Townsend assigned to Altoona from Jamestown.
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: 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.
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