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The Pirates and their three affiliates that played last night, all won, completing a rare organizational sweep for the day. Altoona was off yesterday. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. We have added a Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full recap of yesterday’s action can be found here.
Clay Holmes looks to bounce back from a rough outing
AAA: Indianapolis (15-7) VS Lehigh Valley (8-12) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (0-1, 5.56)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 5, Lehigh Valley 1
Brandon Cumpton will make his third start for Indianapolis this season and his fifth start overall this year. Cumpton made two starts for Altoona, going 0-1, 7.45 in 9.2 innings. In his first start for Indy, he went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out two batters. In his last start, he went six innings, giving up three runs and he struck out eight batters. Cumpton has a 2.21 GO/AO ratio this season between both stops.
AA: Altoona (8-11) VS Erie (10-8) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (3-0, 2.16)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was off yesterday
Casey Sadler will make his fifth start of the season tonight. In each of his last two starts, Sadler has allowed just one run over seven innings of work. In 25 total innings this season, he has given up 21 hits, five walks and he has recorded 14 strikeouts, while posting a 2.35 GO/AO ratio and holding batters to a .233 BAA. Left-handed batters are hitting just .167 against him. Sadler faced Erie in his first start, allowing one run over five innings of work.
High-A: Bradenton (7-13) @ St Lucie (12-8) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (0-3, 3.44)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 9, St Lucie 1
Eliecer Navarro will make his fourth start of the year. He has also made one relief appearance. Navarro has pitched a total of 18.1 innings, giving up 22 hits, while striking out 14 batters. He has issued just four walks, hasn’t allowed a home run and he has a 1.71 GO/AO ratio. Navarro faced St Lucie 12 days ago, going 3.1 innings in a loss. He allowed three runs(two earned) on six hits and a walk.
Low-A: West Virginia (9-11) @ Savannah (12-8) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Clay Holmes (1-1, 3.50)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 7, Charleston 0
Clay Holmes will make his fifth start of the season tonight. He has had two rough outings and thrown shutout ball in his other two games. Holmes went four innings in his last start, allowing three runs on three hits and five walks, while striking out just one batter. He combined for 10.1 scoreless innings in his last two starts, allowing only five hits. In 18 innings, Holmes has 14 strikeouts, 15 walks, a 1.86 GO/AO ratio and a .197 BAA.
4/24 Traded Roman Colon to the Atlanta Braves
4/24 Placed Tyler Waldron and Jason Townsend on the disabled list. Added Justin Howard and Ethan Hollingsworth to Altoona roster
4/24 Assigned Jonathan Schwind to West Virginia roster. Reassigned Lance Breedlove to Extended Spring Training
4/23 Brandon Inge promoted to majors. Alex Presley sent down to Indianapolis. Oscar Tejeda sent to Altoona
4/23 Assigned Charlie Morton to the Altoona roster
4/20 Assigned Francisco Liriano and Jose Contreras to the Altoona roster
4/19 Released Alex Valdez
4/19 Bradenton added Junior Sosa to their roster. Sent Daniel Grovatt to Extended Spring Training
4/18 Added Barrett Barnes to West Virginia roster
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A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be...
Andrew McCutchen is one of baseball's most talented young players. Apparently he wants people to know it, too. After Wednesday's 5-3 defeat of the Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen was watching MLB Network, probably to admire himself, when he saw the Phillies-Pirates highlights. He was not happy with what...
Francisco Liriano will get the start tonight for Indianapolis, making his third rehab appearance, as he works his way towards the majors. Altoona is off today. Bradenton was off yesterday. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. We have added a Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates...
For the last few years I’ve debated whether to add a podcast to the site. There are already some good podcasts out there at Bucs Dugout and Rumbunter, and I wasn’t sure that I could add anything which would be different than what was already on the site.
With my move to Bradenton this year, and the opportunity for more live coverage, I decided that a podcast could add to the...
Awesome comeback win for the Pirates tonight. Your heroes? Brandon Inge and Pedro Alvarez, of course! Those two (and several others) were key in helping the Bucs battle back and earn their second straight win – and their 11th in the last 15 games.
The game started off as a pitcher’s duel between Roy Halladay and Wandy Rodriguez. Halladay seemed wild in the first inning but got...
This game was extremely frustrating for a number of reasons. The Pirates fell behind as quickly as possible, couldn’t get back in it despite numerous chances, and once again came out on the wrong side of a semi-beanball battle.
Jonathan Sanchez has to be done as a Pirate. Has to be. Today he took his awfulness to a whole new level, and there’s no reason at this point to give...
The Pirates’ offense jumped on starter Cliff Lee and the Phillies’ relievers for 14 hits for a 6-3 win Thursday afternoon. Add in the fact that manager Clint Hurdle made far more of the right moves than his counterpart Charlie Manuel, and the Bucs wrapped a key four-game series win.
Gaby Sanchez hit his third homer of the season, trailing only Pedro Alvarez (4) in long balls...
The Pirates came back to steal another victory from the Phillies on Thursday afternoon, clinching a big series win. The Bucs put their late-inning resolve on display yet again and won a crucial battle of bullpens for the second game in a row.
James McDonald looked very sharp to open the game, but he faltered a bit and fell victim to the usual problem for Pirates starters: failing...
We are now in the 11th weekend of the college season and the start of the amateur draft is now just six weeks away. The Pirates have the #9 and #14 picks in the upcoming June draft. Throughout the college/HS season, leading up to the draft, we will cover the interesting players that are being discussed in the Pirates draft range. There will also be daily notes on past picks by the...
During Wednesday's Pirates-Phillies game, the much-maligned Domonic Brown made a catch in the top of the fifth inning that even his harshest critics had to respect. With none out, Pirates shortstop John McDonald hit a sinking liner to left field that looked destined to be a double. Brown got on his horse, stretched his arm to its absolute limits, and dove, somehow managing to...
His story has been told several times, but it just gets more interesting with seemingly every at-bat.
Stetson Allie has an OPS of 1.093 in 19 games so far this season with West Virginia.
Stetson Allie was drafted by the Pirates in the second round in 2010 and the club handed the hard-throwing right-hander from Ohio a hefty $2.25 million signing bonus. His performances on the mound...
After a nice start to their ten-game road trip, the Pirates are now entering the portion of the trip that I'm most interested in: six games in St. Louis and Milwaukee. The division has a new shape this year without the Astros in it and how the Pirates play the NL Central teams is going to go a long ways towards deciding how 2013 shakes out for the Pirates.
Plus if the Pirates...
In the last two-odd weeks, the Pirates have:
- Won two of three in Arizona.
- Swept a home series against the Reds.
- Split two games against the Cardinals.
- Taken three of four from a previously red-hot Braves team.
So what say we add three of four from the Phillies at Citizen's Bank Park today? A split would be a perfectly acceptable way to start this ten-game...
Roy Halladay’s third straight strong start is wasted by the bullpen as the Phils lose late to the Pirates, 5-3.
The Phils took the lead in the bottom of the first as, with one man out, Chase Utley hits a solo home run, his fourth home run of the season, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Pirates tied the game up at one-all in the top of the fourth as, with two men on, and with two...
Jonathan Sanchez is in the bullpen today. The fact that he is still on this team is outrageous to me. Not only is he terrible, he completely screwed the bullpen for the rest of this series. Sanchez should not get another start. Sanchez should not have the opportunity to stay on as a reliever. Phil…