Four night games on the schedule tonight. 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 (42-29) vs Gwinnett (34-36) 7:05pm
Probable starter: A.J. Morris (1-1, 1.20)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 3, Gwinnett 0
A.J. Morris will make his third start for Indianapolis tonight. He started the season with Altoona, where he made eight starts and five relief appearances. In his first start for Indianapolis, Morris gave up two earned runs on six hits and three walks in six innings. He followed that up with a complete game shutout last Thursday. On the season, Morris has 50 strikeouts, a 1.96 GO/AO ratio and a .210 BAA in 70 innings. Morris was named the International League Pitcher of the Week on Monday.
AA: Altoona (25-41) @ New Hampshire (28-40) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (4-3, 2.07)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was off yesterday
Adrian Sampson will make his 13th start of the season tonight. He has pitched 69.2 innings, allowing 58 hits, two homers and 17 walks. He has 55 strikeouts, a 1.04 GO/AO ratio and a .227 BAA. In his last start, Sampson gave up two runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out seven in six innings. In his previous outing, which was against New Hampshire, he threw eight shutout innings. Sampson has a 1.19 ERA at home and 3.09 on the road.
High-A: Bradenton (35-32) @ Fort Myers (39-28) 7:05pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (3-5, 3.76)
Yesterday’s Result: Ft Myers 6, Bradenton 2
John Kuchno will make his 14th start of the season. He has pitched 64.2 innings, allowing 61 hits, one homer and 31 walks. He has 35 strikeouts, an impressive 2.84 GO/AO ratio and a .252 BAA. In his last start, Kuchno went seven innings for the third straight time. He allowed one run on six hits and two walks. He has a 2.28 ERA at home and a 4.61 ERA on the road.
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 will represent the team in the All-Star game tonight, Reese McGuire and Erich Weiss.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (2-2) @ Williamsport (1-3) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Austin Coley (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Mahoning Valley 2, Jamestown 1 in 10 innings
Austin Coley will make his pro debut today. He was the eighth round draft pick of the Pirates this year out of Belmont University. You can read more about him in the link highlighted under his name. Check out the Jamestown Jammers season preview.
DSL: Pirates (6-8) vs Mets2 (5-9) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 13, Yankees2 2
Check out the DSL Pirates second week recap.
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.
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.
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