Six teams on the schedule today, with the DSL Pirates off for the weekend while the league plays it’s All-Star game. The GCL Pirates are also 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 (55-47) @ Columbus (54-48) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (8-2, 2.41)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 15, Columbus 5
Casey Sadler will make his 15th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched four times in relief for the Pirates. For Indianapolis, Sadler has thrown 86 innings, allowing 81 hits, five homers and 18 walks. He has 52 strikeouts, a 1.85 GO/AO ratio and a .254 BAA. In his last start, which was against Columbus, Sadler gave up two runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings. He has a 6-0, 2.31 record in nine road starts.
AA: Altoona (39-62) vs Bowie (51-49) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Thomas Harlan (0-0, 2.70)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 4, Bowie 3
Thomas Harlan will make his third start for Altoona tonight. He has gone five innings in each start, giving up a total of five runs on 12 hits and two walks. With Bradenton this year, Harlan made 21 relief appearances, allowing 52 hits, one homer and nine walks in 50.2 innings. He had 41 strikeouts, a 1.26 GO/AO ratio and a .255 BAA.
High-A: Bradenton (50-44, 15-10 2nd half) @ Dunedin (60-38) 5:00pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (4-8, 3.84)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 4, Clearwater 2
John Kuchno will make his 20th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 103 innings, surrendering 98 hits, three homers and 41 walks. He has 48 strikeouts, an impressive 2.45 GO/AO ratio and a .255 BAA. In his last start, Kuchno went eight innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk. In eight home starts, he has a 3.43 ERA over 42 innings. Kuchno had a 3.76 ERA before the All-Star break and 3.99 in six starts since the break.
Low-A: West Virginia (34-64, 14-16 2nd half) vs Rome (33-66) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Topa (3-7, 5.99)
Yesterday’s Result: Rome 7, West Virginia 2
Justin Topa will make his 14th start. He has also pitched five times in relief. As a starter, Topa has a 5.25 ERA in 58.1 innings, with 74 hits, six homers and 13 walks. He also has 42 strikeouts as a starter, with a 1.41 GO/AO ratio and a .315 BAA. In his last start, Topa gave up three runs on eight hits and no walks in five innings.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (15-19) @ Staten Island (18-17) 4:00pm
Probable Starter: Montana DuRapau (0-0, 1.64)
Yesterday’s Result: Staten Island 7, Jamestown 1
Montana DuRapau will make his fifth start. He has also pitched three times in relief. He has pitched a total of 22 innings, allowing 21 hits, one homer and four walks. DuRapau has 19 strikeouts, a 1.04 GO/AO ratio and a .247 BAA. In his last start, he gave up one run on three hits and two walks in four innings.
RK: Bristol (8-18) @ Johnson City (14-13) 4:00pm
Probable Starter: Billy Roth (0-4, 5.59)
Yesterday’s Result: Johnson City 5, Bristol 4
Billy Roth will get his sixth start of the season today. He has thrown 19.1 innings, allowing 18 hits, three homers and 13 walks. He has 19 strikeouts, a 2.17 GO/AO ratio and a .243 BAA. In his last start, Roth threw three no-hit innings, but he allowed one run on four walks. Check out the Bristol season preview.
GCL: Pirates (10-16) vs Braves (11-15) 12:00pm 7/21
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Tigers 5, Pirates 1
Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (18-24) vs Phillies (16-26) 10:30am 7/21
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off yesterday
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.
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.