All eight teams are on the schedule today, with both Indianapolis and Altoona playing doubleheaders. 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 (53-43) vs Columbus (50-46) 6:05pm DH
Probable starter: Jhonathan Ramos (0-0, 3.52) and TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Columbus 5, Indianapolis 4
Jhonathan Ramos will make his first start of the season tonight. He has pitched six times in relief for Indianapolis and 23 times for Altoona. He has thrown a total of 35 innings, allowing 38 hits, six homers and 12 walks. Ramos has 24 strikeouts, an 0.93 GO/AO ratio and a .270 BAA. His longest outing this season was three innings on April 13th.
Adrian Sampson will make his 19th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 106 innings, giving up 98 hits, five homers and 24 walks. He has 78 strikeouts, a 1.12 GO/AO ratio and a .247 BAA. Sampson went seven innings in his last start, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks. On the road this year, he has a 2.94 ERA in nine starts. Sampson has held right-handed batters to a .224 average. Joely Rodriguez will make his 18th start of the season in game two. He has thrown 93.1 innings, allowing 98 hits, five homers and 31 walks. He has 48 strikeouts, a 1.63 GO/AO ratio and a .276 BAA. In each of his last two starts, Rodriguez has allowed four earned runs over five innings.
High-A: Bradenton (46-41, 11-7 2nd half) vs Tampa (44-46) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Shane Carle (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 2, Tampa 1
Shane Carle will make his first start for Bradenton tonight. With West Virginia, he threw 82.1 innings, allowing 96 hits, nine walks and nine homers. He has 47 strikeouts, a 1.81 GO/AO ratio and a .293 BAA. Carle pitched in relief in his last outing, allowing two runs over three innings.
Low-A: West Virginia (31-60, 10-12 2nd half) vs Greensboro (59-34) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Buddy Borden (4-6, 3.59)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 8, Greensboro 3 (game one) Greensboro 6, West Virginia 3 (game two)
Buddy Borden will make his 18th start of the season tonight. He also pitched once in relief. Borden has thrown a total of 80.1 innings, surrendering 74 hits, ten homers and 34 walks. He has 69 strikeouts, an 0.99 GO/AO ratio and a .232 BAA. In his last start, he threw five shutout innings, giving up two hits and a walk. He’s faced Greensboro twice, allowing four runs over five innings on 6/11 and three runs over five innings on 5/31.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (9-18) vs Vermont (11-17) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Tyler Eppler (0-1, 3.86)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 8, Tri-City 6
Tyler Eppler will make his sixth start. The sixth round pick from this year has thrown 21 innings, allowing 19 hits, three homers and three walks. He has 15 strikeouts, an 0.78 GO/AO ratio and a .238 BAA. In his last start, Eppler gave up three runs on six hits and a walk in five innings.
RK: Bristol (5-15) vs Kingsport (10-12) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Bristol 10, Bluefield 5
Check out the Bristol season preview.
GCL: Pirates (10-9) vs Phillies (9-10) 10:30am
Probable Starter: Jake Burnette (0-1, 20.25)
Yesterday’s Result: Phillies 5, Pirates 4
Jake Burnette has made one start this year, giving up five runs(three earned) in 1.1 innings. Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (15-21) vs Blue Jays (16-19) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5, Cubs 4 in ten innings
Check out the DSL Pirates fifth week recap.
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.
7/10: 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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