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Bradenton’s game last night was suspended in the seventh inning with the score tied 4-4 and Brevard County batting. The game will resume today, prior to the start of the regularly scheduled game. West Virginia was off yesterday. Indianapolis has off today. 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.
Rodriguez threw 5.1 shutout innings in his last start
AAA: Indianapolis (20-7) @ Lehigh Valley (10-15) 7:05pm 5/2
Probable starter: Phil Irwin (1-0, 1.50)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 9, Gwinnett 2
Indianapolis has off today. When they resume play on Thursday, they will open up an eight game road series, with four games in Lehigh Valley and four games against Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Indianapolis has a 5.5 game lead in their division. They are 14-3 at home this year, 6-4 on the road. The Indians are 9-1 in their last ten games and they have won six in a row.
AA: Altoona (11-14) VS Akron (11-14) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (3-1, 2.79)
Yesterday’s Result: Akron 5, Altoona 0
Casey Sadler will make his sixth start of the season tonight. He is coming off his worst outing of the season, lasting four innings on Friday against Erie, giving up three earned runs on eight hits and two walks. In each of his two prior starts, Sadler went seven innings with one run allowed. He has pitched a total of 29 innings this year, giving up 29 hits, two homers and seven walks. Sadler has 17 strikeouts, a 2.25 GO/AO ratio and a .266 BAA. Left-handed batters are hitting .200 against him.
High-A: Bradenton (8-15) VS Brevard County (13-11) 10:00am
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (0-4, 3.70)
Yesterday’s Result: Brevard County 4, Bradenton 4 (suspended in 7th due to rain)
Eliecer Navarro will get his fifth start of the year today. He has also pitched once in relief. Navarro has thrown a total of 24.1 innings, surrendering 30 hits, two homers and four walks, while picking up 18 strikeouts. Lefties are hitting .238 against him this year, while right-handed batters have a .321 average. In his last start, Navarro went six innings for the third time this year, though he allowed season highs in hits with eight and runs with four.
Low-A: West Virginia (10-15) VS Greensboro (11-12) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (1-2, 4.68)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was off yesterday
Joely Rodriguez will make his sixth start of the season tonight. He is coming off his best start of the year, going 5.1 scoreless innings on Thursday at Charleston. He allowed four hits and one walk, both season low totals for him. Rodriguez gave up nine runs(three earned) over 4.2 innings in his previous start. On the year, he has 20 strikeouts, an impressive 2.31 GO/AO ratio and a .297 BAA. He struck out a season high eight batters in his first start.
4/30 Phil Irwin added to Indianapolis roster. Bryan Morris recalled by Pirates.
4/30 Altoona activated Adalberto Santos from DL
4/30 Placed Zack Von Rosenberg on the DL. Added Jhondaniel Medina to Bradenton roster
4/28 Jhonathan Ramos promoted to Altoona. Emmanuel De Leon added to Bradenton roster.
4/26 Jose Contreras promoted to Indianapolis
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
BEST OF MAXIM
The PNC Park jumbotron has introduced the Pirates’ lineup with some strange and cheesy videos in the past (such as this one), but when I saw this new one on Youtube I couldn’t stop laughing:
So much awkwardness. Some players (Gaby Sanchez) embraced the silly Saturday Night Live theme, some (Pedro Alvarez and Clint Barmes) clearly wanted nothing to do with it, and some (Wandy...
The Pittsburgh Pirates are winning and have tons of young, exciting players. So, naturally, they’ve decided to a video mashup introducing themselves Saturday Night Live-style.
Andrew McCutchen and Co. (or whoever the Pirates have working in their video room) spared no expense to make their presentation look like Saturday’s No. 1 sketch comedy show (because it’s the only Saturday...
Russell Martin has been named the NL player of the week. Photo credit: David Hague
Russell Martin has been named the National League player of the Week, Major League Baseball announced this afternoon. Martin hit for a .375 average and led the National League with four homers and a .958 slugging percentage. The catcher came up big over the weekend, hitting a game tying home run on...
Each week we run our “Top Performers” series, looking at the best pitchers and hitters from the previous week. This year we will also be recapping each month in order to award the Pitcher and Player of the month. Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the month of April. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’...
Pirates (15-10) at Brewers (12-11)
8:10 PM–Miller Park, Milwaukee
The Bucs are off to the House of Horrors this week as they look to finish strong in what has been an excellent road trip so far. It won’t be easy – it never is for the Pirates in Milwaukee. They did win a series there last year when everything was going well in June, so it CAN happen...
Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level,...
Fransisco Liriano is scheduled to make his season debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 11. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle delivered the news to reporters on Wednesday.
Liriano signed a one year deal with the Pirates in the offseason but has been working his way back from a fractured right arm. The pitcher reportedly injured himself while trying to scare his kids on Christmas morning...
Nick Kingham fanned 26 in his last 17 innings.
A month into the minor league season, things are starting to take shape with the Pirates’ full-season affiliates. With a deep roster and very talented pitching staff, Indianapolis is dominating the International League with a 20-7 record. By contrast, Altoona is increasingly struggling despite a good rotation led by Jameson Taillon...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated pitcher Jonathan Sanchez for assignment. Struggling mightily all season, his final straw was throwing at St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig. His suitors will be thin and it just goes to show that if you are struggling, you shouldn’t give the source of your good income a great reason to get rid of you.
The post Pittsburgh Pirates...
THOSE were the Pirates we came to know and love during the past few weeks. After falling behind yet again at Miller Park, the Bucs pulled off a big comeback and managed to shut Milwaukee down late to get out of Wisconsin with a rare victory.
Jeanmar Gomez‘s start went about how most expected it to go. He labored early on and only managed to go four innings and gave up a couple...
ALTOONA- Despite a late comeback bid from Altoona, the Akron Aeros were able to secure their 12th win of the season 5-4.
Altoona started their late inning rally in the eighth off of Aeros pitcher Bryce Stowell.
After Stowell got Curve shortstop Drew Maggi to ground out to first baseman Chun Chen, centerfielder Mel Rojas doubled and gave Altoona their first base runner. Left...
There are two primary types of Pirates losses in Milwaukee. The first was the one you saw on Monday, when the Bucs just get blown out. Tuesday was different, but just as painful. The Bucs took advantage of whatever makes Miller Park so great to hit in and crushed several homers of their own, but as usual they were outgunned and lost in a long, back-and-forth battle.
I want to say that nothing went right in this game, but that's not true in the strictest sense. The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning and then nothing went right from there. Wandy Rodriguez couldn't find the strike zone in the first inning and when he had a chance to get out of the inning with the Pirates still only down 2-1, Clint Barmes booted a double...
Long story short: the lock at my apartment got jammed shut last night and no one answered the emergency maintenance number, so I couldn't get into my apartment and as a result didn't see much of last night's game besides Rickie Weeks's homer that sealed the deal for Milwaukee. There were home runs, bad pitching, the Pirates lost at Miller Park. Frankly, I've heard...
TOP OF THE SYSTEM
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...