Late change on the schedule tonight with Stolmy Pimentel starting in place of Nick Kingham, who will now go on Saturday. Five games on the schedule tonight, with all four full-season affiliates playing at night. 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 (35-25) @ Syracuse (34-26) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (3-1, 4.14)
Yesterday’s Result: Syracuse 7, Indianapolis 3
Jeff Locke will make his tenth start for Indianapolis tonight. He has also pitched once for Bradenton and once for the Pirates. Locke has thrown 50 innings for Indianapolis, giving up 51 hits, five homers and 22 walks. He has 37 strikeouts, a 1.63 GO/AO ratio and a .263 BAA. In his last start, Locke gave up five runs on ten hits and two walks in five innings. In each of his two starts prior, he allowed five walks.
AA: Altoona (22-37) @ Trenton (32-29) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Stolmy Pimentel (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 8, Binghamton 5
Stolmy Pimentel will make a rehab start with Altoona tonight. He pitched two scoreless innings for Bradenton on June 2nd, giving up one walk and no hits, while striking out two batters. He has been on the disabled list since May 3rd with right shoulder inflammation.
High-A: Bradenton (30-30) @ Brevard County (31-27) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (3-2, 3.79)
Yesterday’s Result: Brevard County 10, Bradenton 7
Jason Creasy will make his 13th start of the season tonight, the first Pirates minor league pitcher to reach that total. He has thrown 54.2 innings, allowing 56 hits, three homers and 12 walks. Creasy has 41 strikeouts, an 0.89 GO/AO ratio and a .267 BAA. In his last start, he threw six shutout innings and struck out seven batters, his season high. He has already started eight time on the road this year, posting a 3.68 ERA in 36.2 innings
Low-A: West Virginia (20-39) @ Hickory (32-27) 7:00pm
Probable starter:Buddy Borden (2-3, 2.63)
Yesterday’s Result: Hickory 7, West Virginia 6 in 12 innings
Buddy Borden will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 51.1 innings, allowing 37 hits, three homers and 21 walks. He has 45 strikeouts, a 1.16 GO/AO ratio and a .196 BAA. In his last start, he gave up three runs over five innings and failed to strikeout a batter. He was averaging nearly a strikeout per inning going into the game. Borden has been equally as tough against right-handed and left-handed batters, holding both to a sub-.200 average.
DSL: Pirates (1-4) vs Rangers (2-3) 10:30am
Result: Rangers 6, Pirates 4 in 10 innings
Check out the DSL Pirates season preview.
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.
5/9: Miguel Rosario added to West Virginia roster. Jerry Mulderig assigned to Jamestown roster.
5/9: Kenn Kasparek assigned to Jamestown roster.
5/8: Harold Ramirez activated from disabled list. Michael Fransoso assigned to Jamestown roster.
5/8: Matt Curry activated from disabled list and assigned to Altoona.
5/7: Andrew Lambo placed on disabled list.
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