Ten games on the schedule today, with all eight teams playing, two of them with doubleheaders due to Wednesday rainouts. The scheduled pitchers tonight represent the best probables for one day that we have seen this year. 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 (53-46) @ Columbus (53-46) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (4-1, 1.76)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis was off yesterday
Brandon Cumpton will get his eighth start for Indianapolis this year. He has also started ten times for the Pirates. With Indianapolis, Cumpton has thrown 46 innings, giving up 42 hits, three homers and 11 walks. He has 24 strikeouts, a 1.51 GO/AO ratio and a .253 BAA. In his last start, he allowed a season high eight hits and four runs. Cumpton faced Columbus in his first start and threw six shutout innings.
Orlando Castro will make his second start for Altoona tonight. He got hit hard in his opener, allowing seven runs on seven hits and two walks in three innings. Adrian Sampson was pushed back to Friday night.
High-A: Bradenton (48-42, 13-8 2nd half) vs Clearwater (26-66) 5:00pm DH
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (5-4, 3.29) and Tyler Glasnow (5-4, 1.91)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was rained out yesterday
Jason Creasy will make his 20th start of the season tonight. He has pitched 98.1 innings, allowing 101 hits, six homers and 13 walks. He has 69 strikeouts, a 1.02 GO/AO ratio and a .267 BAA. In his last start, Creasy threw seven shutout innings. He hasn’t walked a batter in his last five starts, a span of 32.2 innings. He faced Clearwater on June 1st and threw six shutout innings, giving up two hits and picking up seven strikeouts. Creasy hasn’t lost in seven home starts, posting a 3.00 ERA in 36 innings. He is tenth in the FSL with a 1.16 WHIP. Tyler Glasnow will get the start in the second game, his 15th appearance of the year. He has thrown 70.2 innings, allowing 43 hits, one homer and 38 walks. He has 82 strikeouts, an 0.74 GO/AO ratio and a .180 BAA. In his last start, Glasnow threw 5.2 scoreless innings, striking out ten batters. He faced Clearwater on 6/2, throwing five shutout innings. In each of his last two starts, Glasnow has given up seven hits, which set, then tied his career high for hits allowed in a game.
Low-A: West Virginia (33-62, 13-14 2nd half) @ Hagerstown (61-36) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Luis Heredia (1-3, 4.97)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 6, Hagerstown 1
Luis Heredia will make his 11th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 41.2 innings, surrendering 39 hits, five homers and 24 walks. He has 22 strikeouts, a 1.15 GO/AO ratio and a .245 BAA. In his last start, Heredia went 5.1 innings, allowing five runs(four earned) on four hits and two walks, with one strikeout. His high for strikeouts in a game is four this year, picking up that total three times. In five road starts, he has a 5.66 ERA.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (13-18) @ Brooklyn (15-17) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: Marek Minarik (1-2, 3.38)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 5, Brooklyn 2
Marek Minarik will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has thrown 26.2 innings, allowing 22 hits, no homers and 18 walks. He has 12 strikeouts, a 1.52 GO/AO ratio and a .229 BAA. In his last start, Minarik allowed one run on two hits and two walks in five innings. It was the first time that he issued less than three walks in a game this year.
RK: Bristol (7-16) @ Danville (15-10) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Danville 4, Bristol 0
Check out the Bristol season preview.
Dario Agrazal will make his fifth start of the season today. He has looked great since giving up three runs over 3.2 innings in his season debut. Agrazal has given up two earned runs in his last 14 innings. He hasn’t walked a batter or allowed a home run this year. Jake Burnette will start game two, his third rehab start of the season. Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (16-22) vs Rangers2 (21-19) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Marlins 4, Pirates 0
Check out the DSL Pirates sixth week recap.
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: 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.
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