Eight games on the schedule, with Luis Heredia headlining today’s probable pitchers. 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 (47-37) vs Toledo (40-45) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Adam Wilk (6-6, 4.68)
Yesterday’s Result: Toledo 9, Indianapolis 1
Adam Wilk will make his 16th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. Wilk has thrown a total of 90.1 innings, allowing 99 hits, 11 homers and 25 walks. He has 61 strikeouts, an 0.84 GO/AO ratio and a .284 BAA. In his last start, Wilk gave up six runs on ten hits in 4.1 innings. He has a 4.41 home ERA in 49 innings.
AA: Altoona (29-53) @ Bowie (45-38) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (4-6, 4.21)
Yesterday’s Result: Bowie 7, Altoona 6
Joely Rodriguez will make his 16th start of the season tonight. In his last outing, he surrendered just one hit and one run over seven innings. Rodriguez has gone at least six innings in each of his last five starts. He faced Bowie in early May and allowed one run on six hits in five innings. He has posted a 5.20 ERA in seven road starts this year.
High-A: Bradenton (41-39, 6-5 2nd half) vs Fort Myers (38-41) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Orlando Castro (5-4, 3.36)
Yesterday’s Result: St Lucie 5, Bradenton 2
Orlando Castro will make his 15th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. Castro has pitched a total of 83 innings, allowing 76 hits, four homers and ten walks. He has 61 strikeouts, a 1.42 GO/AO ratio and a .246 BAA. In his last two outings combined, Castro has thrown 13 shutout innings, giving up seven hits and no walks. He has finished with four strikeouts in each of his last five starts. He has a 3.33 home ERA in 46 innings this year.
Low-A: West Virginia (28-52, 7-4 2nd half) vs Hickory (51-30) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Luis Heredia (1-2, 3.94)
Yesterday’s Result: Lakewood 8, West Virginia 7 in 15 innings
Luis Heredia will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has thrown a total of 29.2 innings, allowing 26 hits, three homers and 16 walks. Heredia has 19 strikeouts, a 1.23 GO/AO ratio and a .232 BAA. In his last start, he threw six shutout innings. He faced Hickory on June 5th and went four innings, allowing six runs on five hits and three walks in four innings. We posted a scouting report of his last two starts, comparing him to where he was last year at this point.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (8-8) vs Williamsport (7-9) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Tyler Eppler (0-0, 2.25)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown was off yesterday
Tyler Eppler will make his fourth start of the season tonight. He went five innings in his last start, allowing three runs(two earned) on four hits and two walks. Eppler gave up one run over four innings in his second start and he threw three perfect innings in his first game as a pro.
RK: Bristol (2-9) @ Pulaski (6-6) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Elizabethton 8, Bristol 5 (game one) Elizabethton 12, Bristol 1 (game two)
No starter has been named yet for today’s game.
GCL: Pirates (3-6) vs Yankees2 (4-5) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Yankees2 6, Pirates 3
Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (8-18) vs Angels (7-18) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Phillies 6, Pirates 2
Check out the DSL Pirates fourth week recap.
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.
6/3: Jose Osuna and Jordan Steranka activated from Bradenton disabled list. D.J. Crumlich and Ashley Ponce placed on disabled list.
6/3: Wirfin Obispo assigned to Indianapolis.
6/2: Stolmy Pimentel assigned to Bradenton on rehab.
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