Eight games on the schedule today. 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 (47-34) @ Louisville (40-41) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Jay Jackson (4-2, 4.24)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 7, Durham 2
Jay Jackson will make his ninth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched ten times in relief. Jackson has thrown a total of 57.1 innings, allowing 57 hits, six homers and 25 walks. He has 61 strikeouts, an 0.56 GO/AO ratio and a .252 BAA. In his last start, Jackson gave up five runs without getting out of the first inning. His last two appearances have been as a reliever.
AA: Altoona (29-50) vs Binghamton (46-33) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (2-3, 4.09)
Yesterday’s Result: Binghamton 8, Altoona 2
Zack Dodson will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He also made one relief appearance at the beginning of the year. Dodson has thrown a total of 55 innings, allowing 67 hits, four homers and 16 walks. He has 31 strikeouts, a 1.60 GO/AO ratio and a .307 BAA. In his last start, Dodson went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks. He had allowed just one walk in his three previous outings combined.
High-A: Bradenton (41-36, 6-2 2nd half) @ St Lucie (44-32) 6:30pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (3-7, 3.94)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was rained out
John Kuchno will make his 16th start of the season tonight. He has pitched 77.2 innings, allowing 73 hits, two homers and 35 walks. He has 42 strikeouts, an impressive 2.70 GO/AO ratio and a .253 BAA. In his last start, Kuchno gave up six runs over seven innings. It was the fourth time in his last five starts that he went seven innings. He has pitched better at home, posting a 2.93 ERA at McKechnie Field, while his road ERA is 4.60 in nine starts.
Low-A: West Virginia (27-50, 6-2 2nd half) vs Lakewood (28-50) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (3-6, 6.45)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 6, Lakewood 2
Dovydas Neverauskas will make his 15th start of the season tonight. He has pitched 60 innings, surrendering 80 hits, seven homers and 29 walks. He has 41 strikeouts, an 0.91 GO/AO ratio and a .327 BAA. In his last start, Neverauskas went five innings, allowing three runs on five hits and no walks. In his previous two starts combined, he gave up 14 runs over 4.2 innings.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (7-8) @ Mahoning Valley (5-10) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Frank Duncan (0-1, 5.14)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 4, Mahoning Valley 2
Frank Duncan will make his third start of the season tonight. The 13th round pick this year went three innings in his debut, giving up one unearned run on three hits and no walks. In his second outing, Duncan went four innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, one walk and one strikeout.
RK: Bristol (2-6) @ Elizabethton (5-4) 6:00pm
Probable Starter: Billy Roth (0-1, 11.25)
Yesterday’s Result: Bristol was rained out
Billy Roth is scheduled to make his second start of the season tonight. In his debut, he allowed five runs on six hits over four innings. He didn’t walk any batters and picked up six strikeouts. Roth was a 16th round pick last year that signed for an over-slot bonus. In the GCL last season, he had a 3.26 ERA over 19.1 innings in six starts. Check out the Bristol Pirates season preview.
GCL: Pirates (2-5) vs Astros (4-3) 11:00am
Probable Starter: Dario Agrazal Jr. (0-1, 7.36)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5, Astros 2
Dario Agrazal Jr. will make his second start of the season today. He went 3.2 innings in the opener, allowing four runs(three earned) on five hits and no walks. You can view video of his outing here. Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (7-17) vs Phillies (8-15) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 8, Rangers2 2
Check out the DSL Pirates third week recap.
6/28: JaCoby Jones activated from disabled list. Wyatt Mathisen placed on disabled list.
6/28: Nate Baker and Dan Gamache assigned to Jamestown on rehab.
6/28: Pirates release Alexander Gutierrez.
6/26: Dan Gamache assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.
6/26: Adalberto Santos traded to San Francisco Giants.
6/26: Danny Collins placed on disabled list. Justin Topa activated from West Virginia disabled list.
6/25: John Holdzkom assigned to Altoona roster.
6/25: Walker Gourley activated from Bradenton disabled list.
6/25: A.J. Morris placed on disabled list. Jhonathan Ramos promoted to Indianapolis.
6/24: Nate Baker added to GCL roster on rehab assignment.
6/23: JaCoby Jones and Justin Topa placed on West Virginia disabled list. Zack Von Rosenberg activated from disabled list.
6/23: Jeff Roy and Ashley Ponce sent to West Virginia. Candon Myles sent to Jamestown.
6/23: Ulises Montilla added to 60-day disabled list.
6/21: Jason Townsend assigned to Altoona from Jamestown. Matt Benedict sent to Bradenton.
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.
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