All eight teams on the schedule today. Gerrit Cole was originally scheduled to make his second rehab start for Indianapolis tonight, but he has been scratched. 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 (58-57) vs Toledo (55-59) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Rafael Perez (0-0, 0.44)
Yesterday’s Result: Buffalo 4, Indianapolis 2
Rafael Perez will make his third start for Indianapolis tonight. He has pitched brilliantly since joining the team in mid-July, allowing one earned run over 20.1 innings. In his last start, Perez threw eight shutout innings on the road, giving up three hits and three walks. He has a 2.21 GO/AO ratio.
AA: Altoona (48-66) vs Richmond (66-47) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (9-5, 2.69)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 7, Richmond 3
Adrian Sampson will make his 23rd start of the season tonight. He has thrown 134 innings, allowing 116 hits, eight homers and 29 walks. He has 93 strikeouts, a 1.14 GO/AO ratio and a .234 BAA. In his last start, Sampson went six innings and gave up three runs on nine hits and no walks, with four strikeouts. He has pitched equally well in his 11 home and 11 road starts. He has a 2.61 home ERA in 69 innings and 2.77 road ERA in 65 frames.
High-A: Bradenton (60-48, 25-14 2nd half) vs Brevard County (55-48) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (6-6, 3.62)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 3, Brevard County 2
Jason Creasy will make his 23rd start of the season tonight. He has thrown a total of 112 innings, surrendering 124 hits, six homers and 15 walks. He has 75 strikeouts, a 1.05 GO/AO ratio and a .284 BAA. Creasy has looked real good at times lately, especially with his command, but he has also mixed in two poor outings in which he combined to allow 13 runs on 16 hits in six innings. Despite those two outings, he still has a 3.50 ERA since the All-Star break, with a 2/30 BB/SO ratio. Creasy has surpassed the 108.1 innings he threw last year, but should be able to remain in the starting role through the end of the season.
Low-A: West Virginia (39-70, 19-22 2nd half) vs Lexington (45-66) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Felipe Gonzalez (1-3, 2.55)
Yesterday’s Result: Lexington 4, West Virginia 0
Felipe Gonzalez will make his fifth start of the season. He has also pitched 25 times in relief. Gonzalez has thrown a total of 74 innings, allowing 63 hits, six homers and 18 walks. He has 70 strikeouts, an 0.64 GO/AO ratio and a .227 BAA. In his last start, he threw five shutout innings, allowing just two hits and no walks. At home this year, Gonzalez has a 3.81 ERA, as opposed to a 1.77 ERA on the road.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (21-27) vs Lowell (20-27) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Marek Minarik (1-4, 5.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Hudson Valley 2, Jamestown 1
Marek Minarik will make his ninth start tonight. 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.
RK: Bristol (12-28) vs Bluefield (18-23) 7:00pm
Probable Starter: Mervin Del Rosario (1-3, 5.46)
Yesterday’s Result: Bristol 7, Bluefield 3
Mervin Del Rosario will make his fourth start of the season. He has also pitched six times in relief. He has a 6.59 ERA in 13.2 innings as a starter. Del Rosario went 4.2 innings in his last start and gave up five runs on five hits and three walks. Check out the Bristol season preview.
GCL: Pirates (12-23) vs Yankees2 (22-15) 10:00am
Yesterday’s Result: Yankees2 10, Pirates 6
Check out the GCL Pirates season preview.
DSL: Pirates (25-28) vs Cubs (34-19) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Cubs 3, Pirates 2
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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