Four night games on the schedule tonight, with Luis Heredia making his second start since returning from shoulder soreness. Altoona was off yesterday. 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 (37-27) @ Lehigh Valley (32-33) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Adam Wilk (3-5, 4.85)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 3, Lehigh Valley 1
Adam Wilk will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. He has pitched 65 innings, giving up 73 hits, eight homers and 19 walks. Wilk has 44 strikeouts, an 0.91 GO/AO ratio and a .290 BAA. In his last start, he gave up two runs on four hits and two walks in five innings. Wilk has a 5.48 ERA in 23 road innings this year. Left-handed batters are hitting .216 against him.
AA: Altoona (24-38) vs Portland (41-22) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (3-4, 4.08)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was off yesterday
Joely Rodriguez will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 57.1 innings, allowing 61 hits, three homers and 18 walks. Rodriguez has 31 strikeouts, a 1.71 GO/AO ratio and a .274 BAA. In his last start, he went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. Rodriguez hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in a start since May 7th. At home this year, he has a 3.33 ERA in five starts. Left-handed batters are hitting .231 against him.
High-A: Bradenton (33-30) vs Palm Beach (33-31) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Orlando Castro (3-3, 3.39)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 5, Charlotte 1
Orlando Castro will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. After being named to the FSL All-Star team, Castro gave up six runs on 12 hits in 4.2 innings in his start last week. In the month of May, he had a 2.36 ERA in 34.1 innings. At home this season, he has a 2.80 ERA in six starts and opposing batters are hitting just .190 at McKechnie Field. Castro has an 8/49 BB/K ratio and a 1.40 GO/AO ratio.
Low-A: West Virginia (20-43) vs Greensboro (38-26) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Luis Heredia (0-1, 9.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Greensboro 10, West Virginia 2
Luis Heredia will make his fourth start of the season tonight. In his second start, he threw one pitch before leaving with shoulder soreness. In his first start of the season, Heredia allowed four runs on six hits and two walks in five innings. In his last start, he gave up six runs(five earned) on three walks and five hits, including two homers. He has seven strikeouts.
DSL: Pirates (2-6) vs Angels (2-6) 10:30am
Result: Pirates 10, Tigers 4
Check out the DSL Pirates season preview.
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.
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.
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Another bad outing tonight by Heredia. This has been a tough year so far for the Pirates system, between the numerous injuries and lower than expected performances to date of many of their top prospects. Hopefully, the second half will be a 180 turnaround for guys like Heredia.