Five games on the schedule today, with one afternoon start time and a 2014 draft pick makes his debut for Jamestown. West Virginia is now on their All-Star break. They return to action on Thursday. 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 (42-30) vs Gwinnett (35-36) 1:35pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (0-0, 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Gwinnett 2, Indianapolis 1
Nick Kingham will make his second start for Indianapolis this afternoon. In his debut, he threw seven shutout innings, giving up five hits, one walk and he had eight strikeouts. Kingham made 12 starts for Altoona, throwing a total of 71 innings, allowing 71 hits, three homers and 25 walks. He had 54 strikeouts, a 1.04 GO/AO ratio and a .259 BAA. Kingham has gone seven innings in each of his last five starts.
AA: Altoona (26-41) @ New Hampshire (28-41) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (1-3, 4.29)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 4, New Hampshire 2
Zack Dodson will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. In 42 innings, he has allowed 58 hits, three homers and 13 walks. He has 27 strikeouts, a 1.73 GO/AO ratio and a .335 BAA. In his last start, Dodson gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings. He has surrendered four earned runs in each of his last three starts. He has a 2.91 ERA on the road and 5.75 at home.
High-A: Bradenton (35-33) @ Fort Myers (40-28) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (3-2, 3.70)
Yesterday’s Result: Ft Myers 4, Bradenton 2
Jason Creasy will make his 15th start of the season tonight. He has pitched 65.2 innings, allowing 69 hits, three homers and 13 walks. He has 45 strikeouts, a 1.07 GO/AO ratio and a .271 BAA. In his last start, he went four innings, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk. In his prior outing, he went seven innings for the first time. Creasy has already pitched twice on the road against Ft Myers this year, giving up just one run over 10.2 combined innings.
Low-A: West Virginia (20-48) @ Lakewood (27-42) 7:05pm 6/19
Probable starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was off yesterday
West Virginia is now on their All-Star break. They return to play on Thursday, taking on Lakewood on the road for four games. Two Power players represented the team in the All-Star game Tuesday night, Reese McGuire and Erich Weiss.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (2-2) @ Williamsport (1-3) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Frank Duncan (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Williamsport 12, Jamestown 5
Frank Duncan will get the start tonight, making his pro debut. The 13th round pick in the 2014 draft, signed with the Pirates on Friday. The 6’4″ right-hander is 22 years old and pitched for the University of Kansas the last four years. Check out the Jamestown Jammers season preview.
DSL: Pirates (6-9) vs Mets2 (6-9) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Mets2 6, Pirates 3
Check out the DSL Pirates second week recap.
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.
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
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Any idea why Dickerson was pulled in the first inning at Indy last night?