All eight teams on the schedule today. Check out the Prospect Watch from last night. 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 (54-46) @ Columbus (53-47) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Adam Wilk (7-8, 4.33)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 1, Columbus 0
Adam Wilk will make his 19th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. Wilk has thrown 112.1 innings, allowing 120 hits and 12 homers, all three of the totals are the highest in the Pirates system. He has 28 walks, 81 strikeouts, an 0.84 GO/AO ratio and a .278 BAA. In his last start, Wilk gave up five runs on eight hits in seven innings. He had no walks and eight strikeouts.
AA: Altoona (37-62) vs Bowie (51-47) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (7-5, 2.79)
Yesterday’s Result: Bowie 8, Altoona 6
Adrian Sampson will make his 20th start of the season tonight. He threw a seven inning complete game in his last outing, allowing one run on four hits and three walks. Sampson faced Bowie on 7/2 and gave up one run on eight hits in six innings. He has 84 strikeouts this year, tying him for the second highest total among all Pirates minor league pitchers. Sampson ranks third in the Eastern League in ERA, fifth in strikeouts and tied for second with a 1.14 WHIP.
High-A: Bradenton (49-43, 14-9 2nd half) vs Clearwater (27-67) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Shane Carle (1-0, 3.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 7, Clearwater 2 (game one) Clearwater 7, Bradenton 4 (game two)
Shane Carle will make his second start for Bradenton tonight. In his debut, he allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in six innings. With West Virginia, he made 13 starts and four relief appearances. In 82.1 innings, he surrendered 96 hits, nine homers and just nine walks. Carle had 47 strikeouts, a 1.81 GO/AO ratio and a .293 BAA.
Low-A: West Virginia (33-63, 13-15 2nd half) vs Rome (32-65) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Buddy Borden (5-6, 3.31)
Yesterday’s Result: Hagerstown 3, West Virginia 2
Buddy Borden will make his 19th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. Borden has thrown 87 innings, giving up 71 hits, ten homers and 36 walks. He has 73 strikeouts, an 0.99 GO/AO ratio and a .220 BAA. Borden has thrown 11.2 shutout innings over his last two starts, giving up just three hits. Last time he faced Rome, he allowed three runs over five innings.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (14-18) @ Brooklyn (15-18) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: Tyler Eppler (0-1, 3.12)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 8, Brooklyn 6 in 10 innings
Tyler Eppler will get his seventh start of the season tonight. He has thrown 26 innings, allowing 21 hits, three homers and five walks. He has 15 strikeouts, an 0.85 GO/AO ratio and a .216 BAA. In his last start, Eppler threw five shutout innings. In each of his two road starts, he has allowed three runs over five innings.
RK: Bristol (8-16) @ Danville (15-11) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: Mervin Del Rosario (1-1, 4.40)
Yesterday’s Result: Bristol 3, Danville 2
Mervin Del Rosario will make his first start of the season. In six relief appearances, he has thrown 14.1 innings, allowing 16 hits, two homers and seven walks. He has nine strikeouts, a 1.06 GO/AO ratio and a .296 BAA. In the GCL last year, Del Rosario had a 6/32 BB/SO ratio in 38.1 innings. Check out the Bristol season preview.
GCL: Pirates (10-14) vs Tigers (12-9) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Mitch Keller (0-0, 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Yankees2 6,Pirates 2 (game one) Yankees2 7, Pirates 0 (game two)
Mitch Keller will make his second start and third appearance today. He has thrown a total of five shutout innings since signing as the second round pick in the 2014 draft. Trey Supak, who was chosen 73rd overall in this draft, will likely follow Keller. They have been pitching on the same day. Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (17-22) vs Rangers2 (21-20) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 7, Rangers2 0
Check out the DSL Pirates sixth week recap.
7/18: Pirates release Jason Townsend.
7/17: Josh Bell promoted to Altoona. Ralph Henriquez placed on DL.
7/17: Andrew Lambo activated from DL. Matt Curry placed on DL. Jhonathan Ramos assigned to Altoona.
7/14: Pirates release Duke Welker.
7/12: Pirates sign Rafael Perez. Perez assigned to Indianapolis.
7/11: Pirates release Jorge Mendoza.
7/11: Pat Ludwig assigned to Bradenton. Zack Dodson assigned to Altoona.
7/11: Austin Meadows assigned to West Virginia. Elvis Escobar assigned to Jamestown.
7/11: Barrett Barnes promoted to Bradenton.
7/11: Orlando Castro promoted to Altoona. Pirates release Yao-Hsun Yang.
7/11: Jarek Cunningham activated from disabled list. Quinton Miller placed on disabled list.
7/10: Shane Carle and Yhonathan Barrios promoted to Bradenton. Robby Rowland and Andy Otamendi assigned to West Virginia.
7/10: Matt Curry promoted to Indianapolis. Ralph Henriquez activated from Altoona disabled list.
7/9: Andrew Lambo assigned to Jamestown on rehab assignment.
7/8: Thomas Harlan promoted to Altoona
7/7: Francisco Liriano assigned to Indianapolis on rehab. Brent Morel activated from disabled list.
7/7: Chris Dickerson traded to Cleveland Indians.
7/7: Justin Howard placed on disabled list. Dan Gamache and Nate Baker assigned to Altoona.
7/7: Mike Fransoso assigned to West Virginia Power. Harold Ramirez placed on disabled list.
7/7: Collin Balester has his rehab assignment transferred from GCL Pirates to Bristol.
7/7: Cristian Mota promoted from DSL Pirates to GCL Pirates. Jhoan Herrera reassigned to DSL Pirates.
7/7: Jake Burnette sent to GCL Pirates on rehab.
7/7: Edgardo Munoz promoted from GCL Pirates to Bristol.
7/5: Tyler Waldron placed on disabled list. John Holdzkom assigned to Indianapolis.
7/5: Dean Anna assigned to Indianapolis.
7/4: Jarek Cunningham placed on DL. Jeff Inman sent to Altoona.
7/3: Justin Maffei and Ashley Ponce promoted to Bradenton.
7/3: Bradenton placed Jonathan Schwind and Taylor Lewis on the disabled list.
7/3: Danny Collins and Francisco Diaz activated from disabled list.
7/3: Clario Perez promoted to West Virginia. Andy Otamendi assigned to Jamestown.
7/3: Austin Meadows assigned to Bristol.
7/1: Andy Otamendi assigned to West Virginia.
7/1: Connor Joe placed on temporary inactive list.
6/30: Austin Meadows, Barrett Barnes and Collin Balester assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.
6/28: Stetson Allie activated from disabled list.
6/28: Omir Santos activated from disabled list. Brent Morel placed on disabled list.
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.
6/27: Jandy Vasquez played on 60-day disabled list.
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
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