All eight teams on the schedule today and only the GCL Pirates are at home. 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 (56-51) @ Rochester (57-48) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (8-2, 2.74)
Yesterday’s Result: Charlotte 9, Indianapolis 2
Casey Sadler will make his 16th start for Indianapolis tonight. He has also pitched four times in relief for the Pirates this year. For Indianapolis, Sadler has thrown 92 innings, allowing 89 hits, six homers and 21 walks. He has 60 strikeouts, a 1.76 GO/AO ratio and a .259 BAA. In his last start, he gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks in six innings. Sadler had a season-high eight strikeouts in that game.
AA: Altoona (41-65) @ Bowie (54-51) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Thomas Harlan (0-1, 3.60)
Yesterday’s Result: Bowie 9, Altoona 1
Thomas Harlan will get his fourth start for Altoona tonight. He made 21 relief appearances for Bradenton before being promoted to Altoona. In his last start, which was against Bowie, Harlan allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings. Between both stops this year, Harlan has thrown 65.2 innings, surrendering 72 hits, two homers and 13 walks. He has 48 strikeouts, a 1.21 GO/AO ratio and a .272 BAA.
High-A: Bradenton (55-46, 20-12 2nd half) @ Lakeland (50-49) 7:11pm
Probable starter: Chad Kuhl (10-5, 3.34)
Yesterday’s Result: Lakeland 4, Bradenton 3
Chad Kuhl will make his 21st start of the season tonight. Kuhl has displayed all the qualities you want to see from a pitcher. He has a low BAA(.246), a high 1.67 GO/AO ratio and a strong 24/77 BB/SO ratio in 110 innings. Kuhl has consistently gone deep in starts and he has given up just six homers all year. On the road this season, he has a 2.49 ERA in eight starts. Since the All-Star break, Kuhl has a 2.27 ERA in seven starts.
Low-A: West Virginia (35-67, 15-19 2nd half) @ Hickory (60-43) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (4-9, 5.84)
Yesterday’s Result: Hickory 4, West Virginia 1
Dovydas Neverauskas will make his 20th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 86.1 innings, giving up 107 hits, nine homers and 39 walks. He has 55 strikeouts, an 0.99 GO/AO ratio and a .307 BAA. In his last start, Neverauskas gave up five runs on six hits and three walks in 4.1 innings. He faced Hickory on 7/3, giving up two unearned runs on three hits and five walks over four innings.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (16-24) @ Batavia (19-21) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Montana DuRapau (0-0, 1.67)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 3, Batavia 1 (game one) Batavia 10, Jamestown 0 (game two)
Montana DuRapau will get his sixth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched three times in relief. He has thrown 27 innings, giving up 25 hits, one homer and four walks. DuRapau has 21 strikeouts, a 1.07 GO/AO ratio and a .243 BAA. In his last start, he gave up one run over five innings. DuRapau has not allowed more than one earned run in any appearance this year.
RK: Bristol (10-21) @ Greenville (15-18) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Bristol 5, Pulaski 0
Check out the Bristol season preview.
GCL: Pirates (11-17) vs Blue Jays (9-20) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were rained out
Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (21-25) vs Blue Jays (21-24) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 6, Angels 0
Check out the DSL Pirates seventh week recap.
7/24: Orlando Castro placed on disabled list. Matt Benedict assigned to Altoona.
7/23: Barrett Barnes placed on disabled list. Justin Howard activated from disabled list and assigned to Bradenton.
7/23: West Virginia places Danny Collins, Chris Diaz and Justin Topa on disabled list. Maximo Rivera, Jared LaKind and Francisco Aponte assigned to West Virginia.
7/23: Nathan Sopena promoted to Jamestown. Jose Salazar promoted to Bristol.
7/21: Tyler Sample assigned to Bradenton.
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.
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