All eight teams on the schedule today, with two doubleheaders. Bradenton will play 2 seven inning games, with Tyler Glasnow on the mound for one of them. Bristol will finish an earlier game against Kingsport that was suspended with the score 7-7 in the seventh inning, then they will play a seven inning game. 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
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (9-3, 2.91)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis was off yesterday
Casey Sadler will make his 18th start for Indianapolis tonight. He has thrown 105 innings, allowing 103 hits, nine homers and 22 walks. He has 64 strikeouts, a 1.56 GO/AO ratio and a .261 BAA. In his last start, Sadler went seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk. Prior to that, he had allowed at least seven hits in six straight starts. Sadler has also made four relief appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year.
AA: Altoona (50-68) @ Trenton (58-60) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jhonathan Ramos (3-5, 4.84)
Yesterday’s Result: Trenton 7, Altoona 3
Jhonathan Ramos will make his fourth start for Altoona tonight. He has pitched 24 times in relief, plus made seven appearances for Indianapolis. Ramos made his last appearance in relief on Sunday, throwing two shutout innings. In his last start, he went five innings, giving up two earned runs on seven hits and a walk. Ramos pitched against Trenton in relief on 6/7, throwing a shutout inning.
Tyler Glasnow will get his 19th start of the season tonight. He has thrown 94 innings, allowing 56 hits, one homer and 49 walks. He has 111 strikeouts, an 0.69 GO/AO ratio and a .175 BAA. In his last start, Glasnow threw six shutout innings, giving up just two hits and he walked four batters. He faced Jupiter on 6/19 and threw six shutout innings. In nine home starts, he has a 1.07 ERA. Glasnow is holding right-handed batters to a .138 BAA. Pat Ludwig will get the second start tonight, as he returns from Altoona, where he had a 5.63 ERA in 40 innings. He has thrown 60.2 innings for Bradenton this year, giving up 62 hits, seven homers and 16 walks. He has 46 strikeouts, a 1.28 GO/AO ratio and a .261 BAA.
Low-A: West Virginia (42-72, 22-24 2nd half) @ Asheville (74-41) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Felipe Gonzalez (2-3, 2.48)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 7, Hagerstown 2
Felipe Gonzalez will make his sixth start of the season. He has also pitched 25 times in relief. As a starter, he has a 1.96 ERA in 23 innings. He went six innings in his last start, allowing one run on three hits and two walks. Gonzalez has a 20/74 GO/AO ratio in 80 innings this season, while posting a .222 BAA. He has held lefties to a .199 average.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (22-29) @ Connecticut (27-25) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Frank Duncan (1-2, 3.89)
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 5, Connecticut 4
Frank Duncan will make his tenth start of the season. He has thrown 39.1 innings, surrendering 43 hits, two homers and eight walks. He has 23 strikeouts, an 0.83 GO/AO ratio and a .285 BAA. In his last start, Duncan went 3.2 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits and two walks. He has a 4.35 ERA in five road starts.
RK: Bristol (14-30) @ Kingsport (20-25 ) 5:00pm DH
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Bristol was off yesterday
Check out the Bristol season preview.
GCL: Pirates (12-27) vs Braves (18-22) 12:00pm
Yesterday’s Result: Braves 3, Pirates 2
Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (27-30) vs Braves (27-30) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 3, Braves 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: 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
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