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 (34-23) @ Syracuse (32-25) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Jake Brigham (2-3, 3.20)
Yesterday’s Result: Scranton/WB 7, Indianapolis 3
Jake Brigham will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. Brigham has thrown a total of 56.1 innings, giving up 49 hits, two homers and 18 walks. He has 52 strikeouts, an 0.69 GO/AO ratio and a .230 BAA. In his last start, Brigham gave up one earned run over six innings. On the road this year, he has a 2.61 ERA in 38 innings. He posted a 2.31 ERA in the month of May.
AA: Altoona (20-36) vs Binghamton (30-25) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (1-2, 2.60)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was off yesterday
Zack Dodson will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. His last start was cut short to four innings due to rain. Dodson has thrown a total of 27.2 innings, allowing 34 hits, one homer and ten walks. He has 17 strikeouts, a 1.85 GO/AO ratio and a .321 BAA. Dodson went three innings against Binghamton on 5/13, giving up one run on four hits and a walk. He was on a limited pitch count that game, his first game back from an oblique injury. He has allowed three earned runs or less in each of his starts this season. Dodson has a 4.50 home ERA and 1.53 on the road.
High-A: Bradenton (29-28) @ Clearwater (12-44) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Chad Kuhl (5-4, 4.12)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 5, Clearwater 0
Chad Kuhl will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 59 innings, allowing 63 hits, five homers and nine walks. He has 34 strikeouts, a 1.98 GO/AO ratio and a .275 BAA. In his last start, Kuhl threw six shutout innings, giving up four hits, a walk and he had three strikeouts. He has a 2.91 ERA on the road this year in four starts. Kuhl had a 3.09 ERA in April and 4.79 in May.
Low-A: West Virginia (20-37) vs Kannapolis (26-30) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (3-2, 4.76)
Yesterday’s Result: Greensboro 7, West Virginia 1
Dovydas Neverauskas will make his 11th start of the season tonight. His overall numbers don’t look good, but Neverauskas has allowed two earned runs or less in seven of his ten starts. He has thrown 45.1 innings, allowing 57 hits, five homers and 23 walks. Neverauskas has 30 strikeouts, an 0.88 GO/AO ratio and a .320 BAA. In his last start, he gave up one run over six innings. It was the first time in his career he completed six innings.
DSL: Pirates (0-2) vs Braves (1-1) 10:30am
Result: Rangers1 7, Pirates 6
Check out the DSL Pirates season preview.
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.
5/6: Jeff Locke assigned to Indianapolis. Phil Irwin promoted to majors.
5/6: Vance Worley added to Indianapolis roster.
5/5: Duke Welker placed on disabled list. Adalberto Santos assigned to Indianapolis roster.
5/5: Jeff Locke promoted to Pirates. Casey Sadler assigned to Indianapolis.
5/4: Jose Osuna placed on disabled list. D.J. Crumlich added to Bradenton roster.
5/4: Kenn Kasparek promoted to Indianapolis.
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