Seven teams on the schedule today, with the DSL Pirates off for the weekend while the league plays it’s All-Star game. 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 (54-47) @ Columbus (54-47) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (3-1, 1.62)
Yesterday’s Result: Columbus 5, Indianapolis 4
Nick Kingham will make seventh start for Indianapolis tonight. Between Indianapolis and Altoona, he has thrown a total of 110 innings, giving up 98 hits, three homers and 31 walks. Kingham has 84 strikeouts, a 1.10 GO/AO ratio and a .238 BAA. He threw six shutout innings in his last start, giving up just two hits. Kingham has gone at least six innings in each of his last 11 starts. He is two strikeouts behind both Adrian Sampson and Tyler Glasnow for the Pirates minor league lead.
AA: Altoona (38-62) vs Bowie (51-48) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Jhonathan Ramos (2-3, 5.27)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 3, Bowie 0
Jhonathan Ramos will make his first start for Altoona tonight. He has pitched 23 games in relief for the Curve. Ramos has also made six relief appearances and one start for Indianapolis. He has thrown a total of 40 innings, allowing 42 hits, eight homers and 12 walks. He has 28 strikeouts, an 0.92 GO/AO ratio and a .263 BAA. In his only start this year, Ramos went five innings, giving up two runs.
High-A: Bradenton (49-44, 14-10 2nd half) vs Clearwater (28-67) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Chad Kuhl (9-5, 3.45)
Yesterday’s Result: Clearwater 7, Bradenton 2
Chad Kuhl will get his 20th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 104.1 innings, allowing 93 hits, six homers and 23 walks. He has 74 strikeouts, a 1.78 GO/AO ratio and a .242 BAA. In his last start, Kuhl went one inning before the game was suspended due to rain. He faced Clearwater on 6/3 and gave up one run over six innings, striking out a career-high eight batters.
Low-A: West Virginia (34-63, 14-15 2nd half) vs Rome (32-66) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Dovydas Neverauskas (4-8, 5.60)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 9, Rome 8
Dovydas Neverauskas will make his 19th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 82 innings, surrendering 101 hits, eight homers and 36 walks. He has 52 strikeouts, an 0.96 GO/AO ratio and a .307 BAA. In his last start, Neverauskas gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk. In 12 home starts this year, he has a 7.16 ERA in 49 innings. He has a .308 BAA against lefties and right-handed batters are hitting .306 with two homers.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (15-18) @ Staten Island (17-17) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: Alex McRae (0-1, 3.20)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 12, Brooklyn 7 in 15 innings
Alex McRae will make his seventh start of the season. He has pitched 25.1 innings, allowing 22 hits, one homer and five walks. He has 15 strikeouts, a 1.00 GO/AO ratio and a .220 BAA. In his last start, McRae went five innings, giving up two runs on four hits. He didn’t walk anyone and allowed his first homer.
RK: Bristol (8-17) @ Johnson City (13-13) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Danville 7, Bristol 5
Check out the Bristol season preview.
GCL: Pirates (10-15) vs Tigers (13-9) 10:00am
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Tigers 7, Pirates 3
Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (18-24) vs Phillies (16-26) 10:30am 7/21
Yesterday’s Result: Rangers2 5, Pirates 4
Check out the DSL Pirates sixth week recap.
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.
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.
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