All eight teams on the schedule today. 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 (58-56) @ Buffalo (57-54) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (5-3, 2.97)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6, Buffalo 4
Brandon Cumpton will make his 11th start of the season tonight. He has also made ten starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates. With Indianapolis, he has thrown 63.2 innings, allowing 61 hits, six homers and 20 walks. Cumpton has 33 strikeouts, a 1.49 GO/AO ratio and a .264 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks. In his previous outing, Cumpton gave up 12 hits and eight runs over 4.2 innings.
AA: Altoona (47-66) vs Richmond (66-46) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Pat Ludwig (2-4, 6.09)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 8, Richmond 5
Pat Ludwig will get his seventh start for Altoona and 12th overall start. With the Curve, Ludwig has thrown 34 innings, giving up 47 hits, four homers and 11 walks. He has 24 strikeouts, a 1.30 GO/AO ratio and a .330 BAA. In his last start, he gave up three runs on eight hits and four walks in six innings. Ludwig had a 3.56 ERA over 60.2 innings with Bradenton.
High-A: Bradenton (59-48, 24-14 2nd half) vs Brevard County (55-47) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Tyler Glasnow (7-4, 1.74)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 8, Daytona 0
Tyler Glasnow will make his 18th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 88 innings, giving up 54 hits, one homer and 45 walks. He has 106 strikeouts, an 0.71 GO/AO ratio and a .179 BAA. In his last start, Glasnow gave up three runs(two earned) on four hits and four walks over 5.2 innings. He had nine strikeouts in the game, which followed up an 11 strikeout performance in his previous outing. Glasnow leads all Pirates pitchers in strikeouts. He had a 1.82 ERA in five July starts, with a 9/40 BB/SO ratio in 29.2 innings.
Low-A: West Virginia (39-69, 19-21 2nd half) vs Lexington (44-66) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Luis Heredia (1-3, 4.86)
Yesterday’s Result: Lexington 5, West Virginia 4
Luis Heredia will make his 13th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 53.2 innings, allowing 53 hits, six homers and 26 walks. He has 22 strikeouts, a 1.13 GO/AO ratio and a .259 BAA. In his last start, Heredia allowed four runs on eight hits and no walks. He has picked up just one strikeout in his last four starts combined, a total of 18 innings. He has a 4.29 ERA in five home starts this season.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (21-26) vs Hudson Valley (32-15) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Jake Brigham (0-0, 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 4, Hudson Valley 1 (game one) Jamestown 4, Hudson Valley 2 (game two)
Jake Brigham will get his first rehab start. On July 27th, he threw three no-hit innings for Jamestown, giving up one walk and he struck out five batters. He last pitched for Indianapolis on June 30th.
RK: Bristol (11-28) vs Bluefield (18-22) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: Omar Basulto (1-2, 2.40)
Yesterday’s Result: Bristol 12, Bluefield 2
Omar Basulto will make his ninth start of the season. He has thrown 30 innings, allowing 33 hits, one homer and seven walks. He has 28 strikeouts, a 1.82 GO/AO ratio and a .270 BAA. His last outing was a rough one. Basulto gave up five runs(three earned) on seven hits and two walks. Check out the Bristol season preview.
GCL: Pirates (12-22) vs Yankees2 (21-15) 12:00pm
Yesterday’s Result: Astros 6, Pirates 4
Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (25-27) vs Cubs (33-19) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5, Mets2 4
Check out the DSL Pirates eighth week recap.
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.
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.
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