All eight teams on the schedule today. The GCL Pirates will play a doubleheader, finishing a game from 7/23 that was suspended in fourth inning with a 3-2 score. Game two is the regularly scheduled game for today and it will now be a seven inning contest. 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 (59-61) vs Rochester (64-54) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (5-4, 3.07)
Yesterday’s Result: Rochester 7, Indianapolis 0
Brandon Cumpton will make his 12th start for Indianapolis. He has thrown 70.1 innings, giving up 67 hits, seven homers and 20 walks. He has 36 strikeouts, a 1.45 GO/AO ratio and a .261 BAA. In his last start, Cumpton threw 6.2 innings, giving up three runs on six hits and no walks. He faced Rochester in his previous outing, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks in five innings. Cumpton has also made ten starts for the Pirates this year.
AA: Altoona (51-68) @ Reading (51-67) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (10-5, 2.62)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 5, Trenton 0
Adrian Sampson will make his 24th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 141 innings, giving up 121 hits, nine homers and 30 walks. He has 95 strikeouts, a 1.15 GO/AO ratio and a .233 BAA. In his last start, Sampson went seven innings, allowing one earned run on five hits and a walk. He is third in the Eastern League in ERA, second in WHIP, first in innings and third in wins.
High-A: Bradenton (64-51, 29-17 2nd half) vs Jupiter (42-72) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (6-7, 3.72)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 5, Jupiter 0 (game one) Jupiter 9, Bradenton 6 (game two)
Jason Creasy will make his 24th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 118.2 innings, surrendering 134 hits, seven homers and 15 walks. He has 76 strikeouts, a 1.04 GO/AO ratio and a .288 BAA. In his last start, Creasy went 6.2 innings, allowing four runs on ten hits. He has now pitched 10.1 more innings than last season. Creasy had a 3.70 ERA before the All-Star break and 3.74 in nine starts since.
Low-A: West Virginia (42-73, 22-25 2nd half) @ Asheville (75-41) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Cody Dickson (5-9, 4.44)
Yesterday’s Result: Asheville 5, West Virginia 4
Cody Dickson will make his 23rd start of the season tonight. He has thrown 105.1 innings, giving up 116 hits, nine homers and 49 walks. He has 80 strikeouts, a 1.06 GO/AO ratio and a .287 BAA. In his last start, Dickson went 5.2 innings, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks. He has a 3.78 road ERA in 13 starts. He had a 5.58 ERA prior to the All-Star break and 2.96 in nine starts since the break.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (23-29) @ Connecticut (27-26) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Montana DuRapau (1-1, 2.68)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 3, Connecticut 2
Montana DuRapau will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has also pitched four times in relief. As a starter, he has a 3.12 ERA in 26 innings, as opposed to a 1.64 ERA in 11 relief innings. DuRapau has a 5/29 BB/SO ratio, a 1.08 GO/AO ratio and a .254 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, allowing five runs on eight hits.
RK: Bristol (14-32) @ Kingsport (22-25 ) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Kingsport 8, Bristol 7 (game one) Kingsport 3, Bristol 2 (game two)
Check out the Bristol season preview.
GCL: Pirates (13-27) vs Yankees1 (26-13) 11:00am DH
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 10, Braves 1
Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (28-30) vs Rangers2 (32-26) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 4, Braves 3
Check out the DSL Pirates ninth week recap.
8/7: Pirates release Robby Rowland. Jeff Roy activated from disabled list.
8/7: Jay Jackson traded to the Brewers. Jake Brigham activated from disabled list.
8/5: Marek Minarik assigned to Bristol.
8/5: Christopher De Leon assigned to Bristol. Miguel Ferreras assigned to GCL Pirates.
8/4: Pirates sign Colter Moore.
8/3: Pat Ludwig was assigned to Bradenton.
8/2: Starling Marte assigned to Indianapolis on rehab.
8/1: The Pirates released Andres Mendoza and Angel Sanchez.
8/1: Jake Burnette assigned to Bristol.
8/1: Jeff Roy placed on disabled list. Chris Diaz activated from disabled list.
7/31: Collin Balester and Angel Sanchez assigned to Altoona.
7/27: Wyatt Mathisen activated from the disabled list. Francisco Aponte sent to Jamestown.
7/27: Jake Brigham assigned to Jamestown on rehab.
7/26: Pirates sign Trace Tam Sing, assigned to Jamestown.
7/26: Adam Wilk placed on the temporary inactive list. Omir Santos activated from disabled list.
7/26: A.J. Morris assigned to the GCL Pirates on rehab.
7/25: Matt Curry activated from disabled list.
7/25: Pat Ludwig assigned to Altoona. Joan Montero assigned to Bradenton.
7/24: Orlando Castro placed on disabled list. Matt Benedict assigned to Altoona.
7/23: Barrett Barnes placed on disabled list. Justin Howard activated from disabled list and assigned to Bradenton.
7/23: West Virginia places Danny Collins, Chris Diaz and Justin Topa on disabled list. Maximo Rivera, Jared LaKind and Francisco Aponte assigned to West Virginia.
7/23: Nathan Sopena promoted to Jamestown. Jose Salazar promoted to Bristol.
7/21: Tyler Sample assigned to Bradenton.
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: Orlando Castro promoted to Altoona. Pirates release Yao-Hsun Yang.
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.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
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.
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