Seven teams on the schedule today, with an off day for Altoona and a doubleheader scheduled for Jamestown. 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 (59-58) vs Toledo (56-60) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (4-2, 3.20)
Yesterday’s Result: Toledo 2, Indianapolis 1
Nick Kingham will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He has also made 12 starts for Altoona. Kingham has thrown a total of 127.1 innings this year, allowing 113 hits, six homers and 38 walks. He has 96 strikeouts, a 1.11 GO/AO ratio and a .236 BAA. In his last start, Kingham went six innings, giving up four runs(three earned) on five hits and two walks. He surrendered two homers, topping his total from his first eight starts with Indianapolis. He has struggled in his last three starts, allowing a total of 15 runs in 17.1 innings. Kingham had an 0.34 ERA in June and 5.76 in five July starts.
AA: Altoona (50-66) @ Trenton (56-60) 7:05pm 8/5
Probable starter:Thomas Harlan (2-1, 2.60)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 6, Richmond 3
Altoona is off today.
High-A: Bradenton (61-49, 26-15 2nd half) vs Brevard County (56-49) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Chad Kuhl (11-5, 3.51)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 5, Brevard County 3
Chad Kuhl will make his 23rd start of the season tonight. He has thrown 120.2 innings, allowing 111 hits, eight homers and 29 walks. He has 81 strikeouts, a 1.69 GO/AO ratio and a .249 BAA. In his last start, Kuhl allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks in 5.1 innings. Since the All-Star break, he has a 2.88 ERA in 50 innings. Kuhl has a 3.80 ERA at home, 3.12 on the road.
Low-A: West Virginia (40-71, 20-23 2nd half) vs Hagerstown (71-42) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Buddy Borden (5-7, 3.48)
Yesterday’s Result: Lexington 3, West Virginia 0
Buddy Borden will make his 22nd start of the season tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. Borden has thrown 101 innings, giving up 82 hits, ten homers and 44 walks. He has 89 strikeouts, an 0.96 GO/AO ratio and a .220 BAA. Borden has not faced Hagerstown yet this season. He has a 2.97 ERA at home and 3.76 on the road.
Marek Minarik will make his ninth start today. His last outing came in relief. He went four innings, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk. Minarik has a 21/19 BB/SO ratio in 36 innings, with a 1.86 GO/AO ratio and a .250 BAA. Tyler Eppler will make his tenth start of the season. He has thrown 39.2 innings, allowing 37 hits, five homers and eight walks. He has 26 strikeouts, a 1.14 GO/AO ratio and a .240 BAA. In his last start, Eppler gave up one earned run on five hits and a walk in 4.1 innings. Alex McRae could make one of the starts today, as it is his regular day to pitch.
RK: Bristol (13-29) vs Greeneville (23-21) 6:00pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Bristol 4, Greeneville 2
Check out the Bristol season preview.
GCL: Pirates (12-24) vs Tigers (21-16) 12:00pm
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off yesterday
Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (25-29) vs Rangers1 (43-10) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off yesterday
Check out the DSL Pirates ninth week recap.
8/3: Pat Ludwig was assigned to Bradenton.
8/2: Starling Marte assigned to Indianapolis on rehab.
8/1: The Pirates released Andres Mendoza.
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.
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