All eight teams on the schedule today. The GCL Pirates will play a doubleheader this morning. 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 (59-62) vs Rochester (65-54) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Rafael Perez (0-0, 0.33)
Yesterday’s Result: Rochester 11, Indianapolis 4
Rafael Perez will make his sixth appearance for Indianapolis, fourth as a starter. He has thrown 27.2 innings, allowing 24 hits, no homers, seven walks and just one earned run. He has 13 strikeouts, a 1.91 GO/AO ratio and a .240 BAA. In his last start, Perez went 7.1 innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits and a walk.
AA: Altoona (51-69) @ Reading (52-67) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Angel Sanchez (0-0, 3.60)
Yesterday’s Result: Reading 3, Altoona 2 in 10 innings
Angel Sanchez will make his second start since being picked up off waivers by the Pirates. He went five innings in his first game, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, with three strikeouts. Sanchez has made 20 starts this season, seeing time with five different teams. In 94 innings, he has allowed 121 hits, eight homers and 30 walks. He has 57 strikeouts, a 1.42 GO/AO ratio and a .312 BAA.
High-A: Bradenton (64-52, 29-18 2nd half) @ St Lucie (63-50) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Shane Carle (1-2, 4.65)
Yesterday’s Result: Jupiter 5, Bradenton 3
Shane Carle will make his sixth start for Bradenton tonight. His last start was his best, giving up one earned run over six innings. He also made 13 starts and four relief appearances for West Virginia. Between both stops, Carle has thrown 113.1 innings, surrendering 125 hits, 12 homers and 18 walks. He has 64 strikeouts, a 1.49 GO/AO ratio and a .279 BAA.
Low-A: West Virginia (43-73, 23-25 2nd half) @ Asheville (75-42) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Buddy Borden (6-7, 3.33)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 2, Asheville 1 in 10 innings
Buddy Borden will make his 23rd start of the season tonight. He has thrown 108 innings this year, allowing 84 hits, 11 homers and 46 walks. He has 93 strikeouts, an 0.96 GO/AO ratio and a .213 BAA. In his last start, Borden went seven innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks. He has a 2.70 road ERA and 3.76 homer ERA.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (23-30) @ Aberdeen (19-34) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Tyler Eppler (0-2, 3.43)
Yesterday’s Result: Connecticut 5, Jamestown 3
Tyler Eppler will make his 11th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 44.2 innings, allowing 39 hits, five homers and nine walks. He has 31 strikeouts, a 1.15 GO/AO ratio and a .231 BAA. In his last start, Eppler threw five shutout innings, giving up two hits and a walk. He has a 5.12 road ERA and 2.13 at home.
RK: Bristol (14-33) @ Kingsport (23-25 ) 6:00pm
Probable Starter: Billy Roth (0-5, 3.64)
Yesterday’s Result: Kingsport 16, Bristol 10
Check out the Bristol season preview.
GCL: Pirates (15-27) vs Yankees1 (26-15) 10:00am DH
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 4, Yankees1 3 (game one) Pirates 6, Yankees1 2 (game two)
Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (28-31) vs Rangers2 (33-26) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Rangers2 7, Pirates 4
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. Assigned him to Bristol.
8/3: Pat Ludwig was assigned to Bradenton.
8/2: Starling Marte assigned to Indianapolis on rehab.
8/2: Pirates sign Cory Rhodes and assign him to Jamestown.
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: 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.
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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.