All eight teams are 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 (48-39) @ Louisville (44-43) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (4-1, 1.35)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 9, Louisville 3
Brandon Cumpton will make his seventh start of the season for Indianapolis tonight. He had made nine starts for the Pirates, posting a 4.61 ERA in 52.2 innings. With Indianapolis, Cumpton has thrown 40 innings, allowing 34 hits, one homer and ten walks. He has 21 strikeouts, a 1.65 GO/AO ratio and a .238 BAA. His last start for Indianapolis came on May 20th, when he allowed one run over eight innings against Gwinnett.
AA: Altoona (31-54) vs Harrisburg (33-50) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Pat Ludwig (0-3, 7.88)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 6, Bowie 3
Pat Ludwig will make his fourth start for Altoona tonight. He also pitched once in relief for the Curve. Ludwig started the year at Bradenton where he made four starts and 11 relief appearances. He has thrown a total of 66 innings this year, surrendering 81 hits, nine homers and 18 walks. He has 48 strikeouts, a 1.29 GO/AO ratio and a .299 BAA. In his last start, Ludwig went three innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks.
High-A: Bradenton (43-40, 8-6 2nd half) @ Palm Beach (47-37) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (4-4, 3.52)
Yesterday’s Result: Ft Myers 7, Bradenton 6
Jason Creasy will make his 18th start of the year tonight. He has thrown 84.1 innings, allowing 89 hits, five homers and 13 walks. He has 60 strikeouts, a 1.04 GO/AO ratio and a .272 BAA. Creasy has allowed one run in each of his last two outings, throwing a total of 13 innings. On the road this year, he had a 3.42 ERA in 11 starts. Creasy posted a 2.52 ERA in six June starts.
Low-A: West Virginia (28-55, 7-7 2nd half) @ (Greensboro 55-30) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Justin Topa (3-4, 6.14)
Yesterday’s Result: Hickory 6, West Virginia 1
Justin Topa will make his 11th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched five times in relief. As a starter, Topa has a 5.24 ERA in 46.1 innings, allowing 55 hits, six homers and nine walks. He has 36 strikeouts, a 1.14 GO/AO ratio and a .302 BAA. In his last start, Topa gave up one run over three innings.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (8-12) @ State College (13-7) 1:00pm
Probable Starter: Frank Duncan (0-1, 6.94)
Yesterday’s Result: Williamsport 7, Jamestown 3 in 12 innings
Frank Duncan will make his fourth start of the season. He went three innings in his pro debut, allowing one unearned run. In his second start, he went four innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and one walk. In his last start, Duncan gave up five runs on six hits and three walks in 4.2 innings.
RK: Bristol (3-10) @ Pulaski (7-7) 4:00pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Pulaski 7, Bristol 4
No starter has been named yet for today’s game.
GCL: Pirates (5-7) vs Braves (5-7) 10:00am
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Tigers 11, Pirates 5
Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (11-18) vs Astros Orange (11-18) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 6, Astros Orange 1
Check out the DSL Pirates fourth week recap.
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.
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.
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