All eight teams on the schedule today, with four early start times. The DSL and GCL Pirates always play early games, but both Jamestown and Bradenton have morning start times 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 (56-47) vs Charlotte (43-59) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jay Jackson (5-3, 4.62)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 7, Columbus 5
Jay Jackson will make his 12th start of the season. He has also pitched 11 times in relief. As a starter, he has a 4.42 ERA in 53 innings, with 52 hits, four homers and 24 walks. Jackson has 53 strikeouts, an 0.75 GO/AO ratio and a .254 BAA. In his last two appearances, he has given up ten runs on 12 hits in 6.1 innings.
AA: Altoona (39-63) @ New Britain (49-50) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (2-6, 5.65)
Yesterday’s Result: Bowie 3, Altoona 0
Zack Dodson will make his 16th start. He has also pitched once in relief. He has thrown a total of 73.1 innings, giving up 94 hits, eight homers and 26 walks. Dodson has 45 strikeouts, a 1.60 GO/AO ratio and a .320 BAA. In his last start, he gave up seven runs on nine hits in five innings. He faced New Britain on 6/23 and gave up two runs on five hits and three walks in six innings.
High-A: Bradenton (53-44, 18-10 2nd half) @ Dunedin (60-39) 11:00am
Probable starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 11, Dunedin 5
No starter has been named yet for today’s game. The Marauders are in third place in their division, 2.5 games back.
Low-A: West Virginia (34-65, 14-17 2nd half) vs Rome (34-66) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Cody Dickson (5-8, 4.26)
Yesterday’s Result: Rome 10, West Virginia 4
Cody Dickson will make his 20th start of the season tonight. He has thrown a total of 93 innings, allowing 101 hits, eight homers and 40 walks. He has 72 strikeouts, a 1.04 GO/AO ratio and a .285 BAA. In his last start against Rome, Dickson allowed four runs over six innings, though just one run was earned. Since the All-Star break, he has made six starts and put up a 1.89 ERA in 33.1 innings. Dickson has pitched much better on the road, posting a 3.45 ERA versus 5.93 in seven home games.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (15-20) @ Staten Island (19-17) 11:00am
Probable Starter: Frank Duncan (1-1, 4.39)
Yesterday’s Result: Staten Island 7, Jamestown 4
Frank Duncan will make his seventh start of the season this morning. He has thrown 26.2 innings, surrendering 32 hits, one homer and four walks. He has ten strikeouts, an 0.83 GO/AO ratio and a .308 BAA. In his last start, he gave up two runs on six hits in five innings. In his last three starts combined, Duncan has given up four runs over 15 innings and hasn’t issued a single walk.
RK: Bristol (9-18) @ Johnson City (14-14) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: Hector Garcia (0-3, 3.31)
Yesterday’s Result: Bristol 4, Johnson City 3
Hector Garcia will make his sixth start of the season tonight. The 18-year-old lefty went 3.2 innings in his last start, giving up two runs on seven hits. He had no walks and five strikeouts. This will be his fifth straight road start. Check out the Bristol season preview.
GCL: Pirates (10-16) vs Braves (11-15) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off yesterday
Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (18-24) vs Phillies (16-26) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off yesterday
Check out the DSL Pirates seventh week recap.
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: 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.
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