Six teams on the schedule today, with off-days for both Indianapolis and Bristol. 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 (59-60) vs Rochester (63-54) 7:05pm 8/7
Probable starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Toledo 9, Indianapolis 4
Indianapolis is off today.
AA: Altoona (50-67) @ Trenton (57-60) 12:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (4-7, 5.12)
Yesterday’s Result: Trenton 7, Altoona 5
Zack Dodson will make his 19th start of the season today. He has also pitched once in relief. Dodson has thrown a total of 91.1 innings, surrendering 109 hits, eight homers and 35 walks. He has 54 strikeouts, a 1.66 GO/AO ratio and a .301 BAA. In his last start, Dodson gave up five runs over 5.2 innings, though just two of those runs were earned. In his prior outing, he threw seven shutout innings.
High-A: Bradenton (62-50, 27-16 2nd half) vs Jupiter (41-70) 6:30pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (7-8, 3.88)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was off yesterday
John Kuchno will make his 23rd start of the season tonight. He has thrown 122.1 innings, allowing 111 hits, three homers and 52 walks. He has 56 strikeouts, an impressive 2.56 GO/AO ratio and a .248 BAA. Kuchno threw 5.1 shutout innings in his last start, giving up two runs and a career-high eight walks. He has a 3.43 ERA at home and a 3.36 mark on the road. Kuchno had a 3.76 ERA before the All-Star break and a 2.97 ERA since. He is just one inning shy of his 2013 total with West Virginia.
Low-A: West Virginia (41-72, 21-24 2nd half) vs Hagerstown (72-43) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Luis Heredia (1-4, 4.53)
Yesterday’s Result: Hagerstown 10, West Virginia 6
Luis Heredia will make his 14th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 59.2 innings, allowing 58 hits, six homers and 28 walks. He has 25 strikeouts, a 1.23 GO/AO ratio and a .257 BAA. In his last start, Heredia went six innings, giving up four runs(one earned) on five hits and two walks. He has gone six innings in each of his last three starts. Heredia had a 4.82 ERA before the All-Star break and a 4.39 ERA since. He has a 3.67 ERA at home this year. In his last outing against Hagerstown, he gave up two runs over six innings. Heredia has just four strikeouts in his last five starts combined.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (21-29) @ Connecticut (27-24) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Austin Coley (0-1, 9.45)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown was off yesterday
Austin Coley will make his fourth start of the season tonight. He went two shutout innings in his last start, allowing a hit and a walk, while striking out two batters. Coley was returning from a shoulder injury that cost him almost six weeks.
RK: Bristol (14-30) @ Kingsport (20-25 ) 7:00pm 8/7
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Bristol 7, Greeneville 4
Check out the Bristol season preview.
GCL: Pirates (12-26) vs Braves (17-22) 12:00pm
Yesterday’s Result: Tigers 1, Pirates 0 in 10 innings
Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (26-30) vs Braves (27-29) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Rangers1 9, Pirates 2
Check out the DSL Pirates ninth week recap.
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.
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.
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