Six games on the schedule today. Both the GCL and DSL Pirates are off on Sundays. 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 (53-45) vs Columbus (52-46) 1:35pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (8-1, 2.36)
Yesterday’s Result: Columbus 4, Indianapolis 3 (game one) Columbus 2, Indianapolis 1 (game two)
Casey Sadler will make his 14th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched four times in relief for the Pirates. With Indianapolis, he has thrown a total of 80 innings, allowing 74 hits, five homers and 15 walks. He has 52 strikeouts, a 1.93 GO/O ratio and a .250 BAA. Sadler had an 0.50 ERA in three June starts and it’s up to 3.97 in two starts so far this month.
AA: Altoona (37-59) @ Harrisburg (37-57) 2:00pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (2-5, 5.14)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 9, Harrisburg 1 (game one) Harrisburg 3, Altoona 2 (game two)
Zack Dodson will get his 15th start of the season today. He also made one relief appearance. Dodson has thrown a total of 68.1 innings, giving up 85 hits, seven homers and 24 walks. He has 41 strikeouts, a 1.60 GO/AO ratio and a .311 BAA. In his last start, Dodson gave up eight runs over 3.2 innings. He also lasted just 3.2 innings in his previous start.
High-A: Bradenton (47-41, 12-7 2nd half) vs Tampa (44-47) 5:00pm
Probable starter: Chad Kuhl (9-5, 3.48)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 4, Tampa 3
Chad Kuhl will make his 19th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 103.1 innings, allowing 92 hits, six homers and 23 walks. Kuhl has 73 strikeouts, a 1.77 GO/AO ratio and a .241 BAA. In his last start, he went seven innings, giving up two runs on two hits and he issued a career-high four walks. Kuhl threw six shutout innings against Tampa the last time he faced them.
Low-A: West Virginia (32-60, 11-12 2nd half) vs Greensboro (59-35) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (4-7, 5.49)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 6, Greensboro 0
Dovydas Neverauskas will make his 18th start of the season. He has pitched 77 innings, surrendering 94 hits, eight homers and 35 walks. He has 49 strikeouts, an 0.94 GO/AO ratio and a .305 BAA. In his last start, Neverauskas gave up two runs on five hits over seven innings. It was the first time he went seven innings in his career.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (10-18) vs Vermont (11-18) 4:05pm
Probable Starter: Alex McRae (0-1, 3.10)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 3, Vermont 2
Alex McRae will make his sixth start of the season today. He has thrown 20.1 innings, allowing 18 hits, no homers and five walks. McRae has 13 strikeouts, an 0.82 GO/AO ratio and a .222 BAA. In his last start, he gave up three runs and seven hits over five innings.
RK: Bristol (6-15) vs Kingsport (10-13) 6:00pm
Probable Starter: Junior Lopez (2-1, 3.77)
Yesterday’s Result: Bristol 9, Kingston 8
Junior Lopez will make his second start. He has also pitched three times in relief. Lopez has thrown a total of 14.1 innings. He has a 1/13 BB/SO ratio, a .214 BAA and a 1.38 GO/AO ratio. In his only start, Lopez gave up two runs over 3.2 innings. Check out the Bristol season preview.
GCL: Pirates (10-10) vs Astros (10-10) 12:00pm 7/14
Probable Starter: Gerardo Navarro (1-1, 5.63)
Yesterday’s Result: Phillies 11, Pirates 2
Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (15-21) vs Blue Jays (16-19) 10:30am 7/14
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 8, Blue Jays 5
Check out the DSL Pirates fifth week recap.
7/12: Pirates sign Rafael Perez. Perez assigned to Indianapolis.
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: 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
6/18: Pirates release Cody Eppley.
6/17: Jason Townsend sent to Jamestown on rehab assignment.
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