All eight teams are on the schedule today. Check out the Prospect Watch from last night. For a look at possible starters down the line, check out our Probable Starter Chart. 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 (47-39) @ Louisville (44-42) 6:45pm
Probable starter: Jay Jackson (4-2, 3.86)
Yesterday’s Result: Louisville 5, Indianapolis 4
Jay Jackson will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He has also made ten relief appearances. On the year, he has thrown a total of 63 innings, surrendering 60 hits, six homers and 27 walks. Jackson has 67 strikeouts, an 0.62 GO/AO ratio and a .244 BAA. In his last start, he threw 5.2 shutout innings. Jackson has a streak of 12.2 scoreless innings over his last three appearances, allowing just five hits.
AA: Altoona (30-54) @ Bowie (46-39) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (2-4, 4.43)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 5, Bowie 1
Zack Dodson will get his 13th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. Dodson has thrown 61 innings, allowing 74 hits, five homers and 17 walks. He has 35 strikeouts, a 1.53 GO/AO ratio and a .308 BAA. In his last start, Dodson gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings. He has a 6.15 ERA at home this year and 3.12 on the road.
High-A: Bradenton (43-39, 8-5 2nd half) vs Ft Myers (38-43) 6:30pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (3-7, 3.87)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 6, Ft Myers 5 in 10 innings
John Kuchno will make his 17th start of the season. He has thrown 83.2 innings this year, giving up 80 hits, two homers and 38 walks. He has 44 strikeouts, an impressive 2.50 GO/AO ratio and a .256 BAA. In his last start, Kuchno allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings. At home this season, he has a 2.93 ERA, while it jumps to 4.42 on the road.
Low-A: West Virginia (28-54, 7-6 2nd half) vs Hickory (53-30) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (4-6, 6.14)
Yesterday’s Result: Hickory 5, West Virginia 1
Dovydas Neverauskas will make his 16th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 66 innings, allowing 86 hits, eight homers and 29 walks. He has 42 strikeouts, an 0.89 GO/AO ratio and a .321 BAA. In his last start, Neverauskas went six innings, giving up three runs(two earned) on six hits and no walks. He had a 9.15 ERA in five June starts.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (8-11) vs Williamsport (9-9) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Montana DuRapau (0-0, 1.80)
Yesterday’s Result: Williamsport 6, Jamestown 4
Montana DuRapau will make his second start of the year. He has also pitched three times in relief. In his only start, DeRapau gave up two runs(one earned) on three hits and no walks in four innings. In ten innings, he has a 1/12 BB/SO ratio, with a 1.25 GO/AO ratio and a .167 BAA.
RK: Bristol (3-9) @ Pulaski (6-7) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Bristol was off yesterday
No starter has been named yet for today’s game.
GCL: Pirates (5-6) vs Tigers (6-5) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5, Tigers 4
Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (10-18) vs Astros Orange (11-17) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 2, Angels 0
Check out the DSL Pirates fourth week recap.
7/3: Justin Maffei and Ashley Ponce promoted to Bradenton.
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.
6/12: Nick Kingham promoted to Indianapolis. Kenn Kasparek added to Altoona roster.
6/12: Pat Ludwig promoted to Altoona. Robby Rowland activated from Bradenton disabled list.
6/10: Gregory Polanco promoted to Majors. Brent Morel activated from disabled list.
6/9: Pirates release Cameron Griffin, Mitch Slauter, Mike Spano and Beau Wallace.
6/8: Walker Gourley placed on disabled list. D.J. Crumlich activated from Bradenton disabled list.
6/6: Stolmy Pimentel assigned to Altoona on rehab.
6/6: A.J. Morris promoted to Indianapolis.
6/6: Chris Dickerson activated from disabled list. Jake Brigham placed on disabled list.
6/5: Vin Mazzaro assigned to Indianapolis.
6/5: Yao-Hsun Yang added to Altoona roster. Tyler Sample placed on disabled list.
6/5: Robby Rowland placed on disabled list. Jeff Inman assigned to Bradenton roster.
6/4: Luis Heredia activated from disabled list. Miguel Rosario assigned to Jamestown roster.
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