Eight games on the schedule today, including a noon time start for Altoona. 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 (46-32) @ Durham (43-37) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jake Brigham (2-4, 3.26)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 2, Durham 1
Jake Brigham will make his 12th start of the season. He has also pitched once in relief. Brigham allowed one run over four innings in his last start. He was returning from the disabled list and pitching for the first time in 17 days. Brigham has a 2.81 ERA in eight road starts. He is holding left-handed batters to a .211 BAA.
AA: Altoona (28-48) @ New Britain (40-33) 12:05pm
Probable starter: Joan Montero (2-2, 4.46)
Yesterday’s Result: New Britain 5, Altoona 2
Joan Montero will make his third start of the season today. In his last start, Montero allowed three runs on six hits and five walks in 3.2 innings. In his first start, he gave up one run over four innings. As a reliever, he has a 4.40 ERA in 30.2 innings. Montero has a 21/21 BB/K ratio and a .321 BAA. He has a 1.30 GO/AO ratio and hasn’t given up a home run this season.
High-A: Bradenton (39-36, 4-2 2nd half) vs Jupiter (27-47) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Orlando Castro (4-4, 3.67)
Yesterday’s Result: Palm Beach 2, Bradenton 1 in 12 innings
Orlando Castro will make his 14th start of the year tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. On the year, Castro has thrown a total of 76 innings, allowing 73 hits, four homers and ten walks. He has 57 strikeouts, a 1.38 GO/AO ratio and a .256 BAA. Castro threw six shutout innings in his last start. In his two previous starts combined, he allowed 12 runs on 20 hits in 8.1 innings. Before that, Castro pitched well enough to be elected to the FSL All-Star game.
Low-A: West Virginia (24-50, 4-2 2nd half) @ Delmarva (41-33) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Cody Dickson (3-8, 5.21)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 6, Delmarva 5 in 14 innings
Cody Dickson will make his 15th start of the season tonight. He has pitched 65.2 innings, allowing 77 hits, eight homers and 29 walks. He has 50 strikeouts, an 0.96 GO/AO ratio and a .297 BAA. In his last start, Dickson gave up one run over six innings. He faced Delmarva in his previous outing, giving up three runs over five innings.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (4-8) @ State College (8-4) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Tyler Eppler (0-0, 1.29)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 3, State College 2
Tyler Eppler will make his third start since being drafted by the Pirates in the sixth round of the 2014 draft. In his debut, he threw three perfect innings, striking out two batters. In his second outing, Eppler allowed one run on two hits in four innings striking out two batters.
RK: Bristol (2-4) vs Johnson City (3-3) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Bristol 7, Burlington 1
No starter has been announced yet for Bristol. It is Adrian Grullon’s turn in the rotation. He threw 3.2 scoreless/no-hit innings in his season debut, allowing one walk and he struck out two batters. With new roster additions due to draft signings, someone else may take his spot in the rotation. Check out the Bristol Pirates season preview.
GCL: Pirates (0-4) vs Phillies (2-2) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Jose Batista (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Blue Jays 6, Pirates 3
Jose Batista is the scheduled starter for today. He pitched two scoreless innings of relief last week, so he may have been moved out of the rotation before he made a start. Batista is an 18-year-old 6’2″ lefty, who pitched as a rookie in the DSL last year. Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (6-15) vs Marlins (9-12) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Marlins 4, Pirates 2
Check out the DSL Pirates third week recap.
6/25: John Holdzkom assigned to Altoona roster.
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: 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.
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