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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Minor League Schedule: Billy Roth Has Strong Numbers Despite His Results

All eight teams are on the schedule today, with nine games total due to a doubleheader for Altoona. Casey Sadler was originally the scheduled starter yesterday, but his turn was pushed back to today so Francisco Liriano could make a rehab start. 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.   

Sadler has pitched well at home this season in limited time
Sadler has pitched well at home this season in limited time


AAA: Indianapolis (50-41) vs Lehigh Valley (43-47) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (8-1, 2.31)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 1, Lehigh Valley 0

Casey Sadler will make his 13th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched four times in relief for the Pittsburgh Pirates. For Indianapolis, he has thrown 74 innings, allowing five homers and 14 walks. He has 47 strikeouts, a 1.88 GO/AO ratio and a .244 BAA. In his last start, Sadler gave up four runs(three earned) on nine hits and no walks over 5.1 innings. He has made just three home starts this year, posting a 2.30 ERA. In nine road starts, he has a nearly identical 2.31 ERA.

AA: Altoona (35-54) vs Erie (38-49) 5:30pm DH
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (2-4, 4.59) and TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 4, Erie 3 in 10 innings

Altoona and Erie play a doubleheader tonight. No starter has been announced for the second game. We will update this article when one is announced. Zack Dodson will start game one. He has pitched 14 times this season, once in relief. Dodson has thrown a total of 64.2 innings, allowing 77 hits, six homers and 21 walks. He has 39 strikeouts, a 1.49 GO/AO ratio and a .302 BAA. In his last start, he went 3.2 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and four walks. Dodson faced Erie on May 23rd and gave up one run over five innings.

High-A: Bradenton (44-41, 9-7 2nd half) vs St Lucie (52-32) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Chad Kuhl (8-5, 3.55)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was off yesterday

Chad Kuhl will start for Bradenton today. He has made 17 starts this season, pitching 96.1 innings. He’s allowed 90 hits, six homers and 19 walks, while collecting 69 walks, and posting a 1.86 GO/AO ratio and a .251 BAA. In his last start, Kuhl threw seven shutout innings, a feat he also performed on June 21st. The Marauders are in fourth place in their division, 3.5 games back in the race for the second half title.

Low-A: West Virginia (30-57, 9-9 2nd half) @  Delmarva (47-41) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (4-7, 5.79)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 5, Delmarva 0

Dovydas Neverauskas will make his 17th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 70 innings, allowing 89 hits, eight homers and 34 walks. He has 45 strikeouts, an 0.89 GO/AO ratio and a .314 BAA. In his last start, Neverauskas went four innings, allowing two unearned runs on three hits and five walks. In his previous four starts combined, he issued just three walks. He has faced Delmarva three times this year with vastly different results. He threw five shutout innings on May 18th. On June 23rd, he allowed three runs over five innings. On June 14th, Neverauskas gave up eight runs over 1.2 innings.

Short-Season A: Jamestown (8-16) @ Batavia (16-8) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Montana DuRapau (0-0, 1.88)
Yesterday’s Result: Batavia 9, Jamestown 2

Montana DuRapau will make his third pro start. He has also pitched three times in relief. The 32nd round pick from this year went 4.1 innings in his last game, allowing two runs(one earned) on seven hits and no walks. In 14.1 innings, he has a 1/13 BB/SO ratio.

RK: Bristol (4-13) @ Greeneville (8-10) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: Billy Roth (0-3, 5.40)
Yesterday’s Result: Greeneville 15, Bristol 3

Billy Roth will make his fourth start of the season tonight. The 16th round draft pick from last year has given up 14 runs over 11.2 innings, though half those runs are unearned. Roth has 13 strikeouts, a 1.88 GO/AO ratio and a .255 BAA. Those are all strong numbers that suggest he could turn things around quickly. Poor Bristol defense has hurt Roth this year, causing him to work harder during his outings, limiting his innings. After the draft last year, Baseball America called Roth one of the best late-round signings. Check out the Bristol season preview.

GCL: Pirates (7-8) vs Yankees1 (13-2) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Yankees1 7, Pirates 3

Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.

DSL: Pirates (12-20) vs Brewers (16-15) 10:30am 

Yesterday’s Result: Yankees2 13, Pirates 5

Check out the DSL Pirates fifth week recap.

Recent Transactions

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

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.

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John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.


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