Just three games on the schedule today as the Major League All-Star game takes the center stage. Indianapolis and Altoona are on their All-Star break, while Bradenton, Jamestown and Bristol have an off day. 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 7/17
Probable starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis was off yesterday
Indianapolis is on their All-Star break until Thursday. When they resume play, they will take on Columbus, who they are tied with for first place.
AA: Altoona (37-61) vs Bowie (50-47) 7:00pm 7/17
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (7-5, 2.79)
Yesterday’s Result: Harrisburg 5, Altoona 4
Altoona is on their All-Star break until Thursday. The Curve are in last place in their division, 20.5 games out of first place.
High-A: Bradenton (48-42, 13-8 2nd half) vs Clearwater (26-66) 6:30pm 7/16
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (5-4, 3.29)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 6, Tampa 4 in 12 innings
Bradenton is off today. When they resume play on Wednesday, Jason Creasy will take on Clearwater.
Low-A: West Virginia (32-61, 12-13 2nd half) @ Hagerstown (60-34) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Topa (3-6, 6.03)
Yesterday’s Result:West Virginia was off yesterday
Justin Topa will make his 13th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched five times in relief. He has thrown a total of 65.2 innings, surrendering 86 hits, seven homers and 15 walks. He has 47 strikeouts, a 1.40 GO/AO ratio and a .321 BAA. In his last start, Topa gave up three runs over 3.2 innings. He has failed to get through four innings in each of his last three starts.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (12-18) @ Brooklyn (15-16) 7:05pm 7/16
Probable Starter: Frank Duncan (0-1, 4.57)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 6, Vermont 3
Jamestown is off today. When they resume play on Wednesday, Frank Duncan will take on Brooklyn on the road.
RK: Bristol (7-15) @ Danville (14-10) 7:00pm 7/16
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Bristol had their game suspended by rain
Bristol is off today. Check out the Bristol season preview.
GCL: Pirates (10-11) vs Astros (11-10) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Nick Hutchings (1-1, 3.78)
Yesterday’s Result: Astros 5, Pirates 0
Nick Hutchings will make his fifth start of the year today. He has thrown a total of 16.2 innings, allowing 20 hits, one homer and six walks. He has nine strikeouts, a 1.63 GO/AO ratio and a .290 BAA. In his last start, Hutchings gave up two runs over five innings. It was the second time Hutchings allowed two runs over five innings. The 18-year-old from Australia picked up his first win as a pro in his last game. Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (15-22) vs Marlins (14-24) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Blue Jays 5, Pirates 4
Check out the DSL Pirates sixth week recap.
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.
6/17: Jason Townsend sent to Jamestown on rehab assignment.
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When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.