Seven teams are on the schedule today. Bradenton had their Sunday suspended in the fifth inning. They were leading 3-1 at the time. The game will be finished on August 22nd prior to the start of their regularly scheduled game. Bradenton is off 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 (49-41) vs Lehigh Valley (43-46) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (8-1, 2.31)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 4, Louisville 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 (34-54) vs Erie (38-48) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (6-5, 2.82)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 6, Harrisburg 5
Adrian Sampson will make his 18th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 99 innings, allowing 92 hits, five homers and 20 walks. He has 75 strikeouts, a 1.08 GO/AO ratio and a .247 BAA. In his last start, Sampson went six innings, allowing one run on eight hits and no walks. Last time he faced Erie, he went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks. Sampson has a 2.68 ERA in eight home starts.
High-A: Bradenton (44-41, 9-7 2nd half) vs St Lucie (52-32) 6:30pm 7/8
Probable starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton had their game suspended in the fifth inning
Bradenton is off today. 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 (29-57, 8-9 2nd half) @ Delmarva (47-40) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Buddy Borden (3-6, 3.82)
Yesterday’s Result: Greensboro 9, West Virginia 6
Buddy Borden will make his 17th start of the season. He has also pitched once in relief. Borden has thrown a total of 75.1 innings, allowing 68 hits, ten homers and 33 walks. He has 65 strikeouts, an 0.95 GO/AO ratio and a .239 BAA. In his last start, Borden went five innings, giving up three runs on five hits, with no walks and eight strikeouts. All three runs scored on solo homers. Last time he faced Delmarva, Borden was knocked out after giving up three runs and reaching his single inning pitch limit in the first inning.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (8-15) @ Batavia (15-8) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Alex McRae (0-0, 2.35)
Yesterday’s Result: State College 5, Jamestown 2
Alex McRae will make his fifth start of the season. The 2014 tenth round pick has allowed two runs in each of his last two outings. McRae threw shutout ball in each of his first two starts. He walked three batters in his last outing after not issuing a walk in his first three starts. He has a .190 BAA and hasn’t allowed a homer.
RK: Bristol (4-12) @ Greeneville (7-10) 7:00pm
Yesterday’s Result: Bristol 4, Greeneville 2
Check out the Bristol season preview.
GCL: Pirates (7-7) vs Yankees1 (12-2) 12:00pm
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off yesterday
Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (12-19) vs Yankees2 (19-12) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off yesterday
Check out the DSL Pirates fourth week recap.
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.
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.
6/8: Walker Gourley placed on disabled list. D.J. Crumlich activated from Bradenton disabled list.
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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.