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In Indianapolis tonight, Kris Johnson will try for his 11th straight quality start. He has been the Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Month in the last two months and seems to be the early front runner for this month as well. Bradenton has a doubleheader today. Jamestown has off today for the NYPL All-Star game. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the 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. The latest Dominican Summer League recap can be found here.
Kris Johnson has been the best pitcher in the system this year.
AAA: Indianapolis (70-54) vs Columbus (59-64) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kris Johnson (10-4, 2.23)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis was off yesterday
Kris Johnson will make his 20th start of the season tonight. He has also pitched five times in relief. Johnson has made ten straight quality starts, always pitching better than the 6IP/3ER minimum. In his last five starts combined, he has allowed two runs over 35 innings. Johnson has pitched a total of 129.1 innings, allowing 108 hits, six homers and 37 walks. He has 90 strikeouts, a 1.83 GO/AO ratio and a .229 BAA.
AA: Altoona (55-64) vs Portland (57-62) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (10-5, 3.19)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was off yesterday
Casey Sadler will make his 21st start of the season tonight. He has pitched three times since returning from a right knee contusion that kept him out for a month. In his last start, he went six innings, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks. In his previous game, Sadler threw six shutout innings. He has thrown a total of 113 innings, allowing 98 hits, 11 homers and 31 walks. He has 62 strikeouts, a 1.74 GO/AO ratio and a .237 BAA. Sadler faced Portland on 6/2, allowing four runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings.
High-A: Bradenton (45-69 overall, 19-27 2nd half) vs Palm Beach (55-60) 5:00pm DH
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (4-6, 5.52) and TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Charlotte 5, Bradenton 4 in 10 innings
Adrian Sampson will start game one of the doubleheader. No starter has been named yet for the second game. Sampson will be making his 22nd start. He has also pitched once in relief. He has thrown a total of 117.1 innings, giving up 154 hits, 17 homers and 18 walks. Sampson has 75 strikeouts, a 1.08 GO/AO ratio and a .320 BAA. In his last start, he allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over five innings. He faced Palm Beach on 7/10, allowing three runs over six innings.
Low-A: West Virginia (69-50 overall, 32-17 2nd half) vs Greensboro (54-62) 7:05pm
Probable starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was off yesterday
West Virginia hasn’t named a starter yet for today. We will update this post when one is announced. The Power are in first place for the second half title with a 2.5 game lead over Hagerstown. They could also make the playoffs if Hagerstown wins the division, because the Suns were the first half champions. The Power would have to finish second overall for that to happen. Hickory is currently 2.5 games behind West Virginia in the overall standings.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (32-20) @ Batavia (26-23) 7:05pm 8/14
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown was off yesterday
Jamestown is on their All-Star break. They are sending seven players to the All-Star game. Jamestown has the best record in the NYPL and they have a two game lead in their division over the Pirates old affiliate, State College.
Rookie: Â GCL Pirates (22-23) vs GCL Blue Jays (19-25) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Blake Taylor (0-1, 1.32)
Yesterday’s Result: Blue Jays 2, Pirates 1
Blake Taylor will make his sixth start of the season. He has pitched 13.2 innings, allowing four hits, no homers and five walks. He has six strikeouts, a 2.09 GO/AO ratio and an .093 BAA. In his last start, he went 2.2 innings, allowing three runs(one earned) on one hit and two walks. Taylor faced the Blue Jays on 7/26 and threw three no-hit innings.
DSL: Pirates1 (32-29) vs Phillies (34-27) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Phillies 12, Pirates1 3
DSL: Pirates2 (35-23) vs Cardinals (32-28) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 1, Cardinals 0
8/11 Francisco Aponte activated from Jamestown disabled list.
8/8 Kurt Yacko placed on disabled list.
8/7 Zack Dodson returned to Bradenton roster.
8/6 Zack Dodson promoted to Altoona. Kenn Kasparek placed on disabled list.
8/5 Jameson Taillon promoted to Indianapolis. Ethan Hollingsworth sent to Altoona.
8/3 Vic Black sent to Indianapolis. David Bromberg sent to Altoona
8/3 Robert Andino added to Indianapolis roster. Jeff Larish released
7/29 Justin Maffei promoted to Jamestown. Henrry Rosario moved from DSL to GCL.
7/29 Gift Ngoepe activated from Temporary Inactive List and added to Bradenton roster.
7/28 Tony Sanchez promoted to majors. Ali Solis promoted to Indianapolis.
7/28 Casey Sadler activated from Altoona disabled list.
7/27 David Bromberg and Ethan Hollingsworth promoted to Indianapolis. Ali Solis and Zack Thornton assigned to Altoona.
7/27 Thomas Harlan assigned to West Virginia roster. Matt Benedict activated from disabled list.
7/27 Andy Otamendi added to Jamestown roster.
7/26 Orlando Castro activated from disabled list.
7/25 Tyler Waldron added to Bradenton roster on rehab.
7/25 Barrett Barnes placed on disabled list.
BEST OF MAXIM
Andrew Lambo has been officially called up. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially called up Andrew Lambo, and have optioned Alex Presley to Triple-A. The Pirates had to add Lambo to the 40-man roster, although no corresponding move was needed since there was an open spot.
Moving Presley down made sense, as the Pirates can’t carry two bench outfielders...
There has been speculation that the Pittsburgh Pirates would skip Gerrit Cole’s next start. On Sunday, the Pirates announced Charlie Morton, Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett as the starters for the series starting Tuesday in St. Louis.
Skipping Cole’s next outing would give the young right-hander a few extra days of rest and help reduce Cole’s innings, which will be a concern...
Andrew Lambo is free.
Andrew Lambo is finally free. The Pirates will call the right fielder up today after watching him hit 31 homers in the minors this year. Lambo became the first Pirates minor leaguer to do that since Steve Pearce in 2007. The story of how Lambo got to this point isn’t a traditional prospect story. He was formerly a top prospect, saw his stock fall, saw that...
As I mentioned last night in First Pitch, the site has been in the process of changing servers today. At some point in the next 24 hours you will switch over to the new server. The site won’t be any different, and the only way to tell you’re on the new server will be this post. If you can access this post, you’re on the old server. If you can’t access this post, you’re...
After rallying to win a marathon contest against the NL Central leaders, the St. Louis Cardinals might have found the boost they need to make a run and catch the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Cardinals look for a third straight victory while trying to hand the Pirates a season-high fifth consecutive defeat Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.
St. Louis (68-50) dropped four of five...
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 mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
Well… He’s free. Hot hitting outfielder Andrew Lambo has been called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lambo’s power has been nothing short of astounding this season between AA and AAA. A lot of people assume Lambo is older than he is. He’s only 24 despite spending seven seasons in the minors. For Lambo it’s the…
The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms with Kelly Shoppach on a minor league deal, and have assigned him to Indianapolis. Shoppach has spent time this year with Seattle and Washington, before being released on July 31st by the Nationals. He hit for a .196/.293/.346 line in 107 at-bats with Seattle in the majors, which is well below the .782-.865 OPS at the height of his career...
ST. LOUIS -- With two more series to come with the Pirates after this week, this upcoming three-game set hardly is a must-win for the Cardinals in the race for the NL Central. Only three games separate the teams heading into Tuesday night.
But in the race for respect, the Cardinals could use a couple of victories. Their struggles against Pittsburgh are not limited to this season...
The Pirates' first real test as contenders this year was the five-game set against the Cardinals at PNC Park two weeks ago, and the Pirates passed that test with flying colors. As a result, the Bucs have been in first place for two full weeks now. What their success in that series has earned them is this: another big series, this time on the road in St. Louis. This time, neither...
Please let this series from Hell just end with no one getting hurt today! Starling Marte is day to day. Pedro Alvarez? Who knows. The only bright spot is that the Cardinals and Reds both lost yesterday. That’s the only silver lining, the fact that the Pirates didn’t lose ground. A.J. Burnett clearly ran out…
Losses like last night’s are what give me pause. The Pirates snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. It’s too common. It’s too familiar. It needs to stop immediately. Starling Marte should be benched. At least one game. These guys should all be pretty ashamed of last night’s loss though, not just Marte. Andrew McCutchen,…
The Pittsburgh Pirates' three-game NL Central lead over the St. Louis Cardinals can partially be attributed to their play against their division rival.
Now it's the Cardinals who feel like they have something to prove against the upstart Pirates.
St. Louis has juggled its rotation so Adam Wainwright can start Tuesday night's opener of this much-anticipated three-game...
I got to work this morning with an e-mail from my dad waiting for me, telling me that maybe last night's game was just one game, but that everyone that watched it last night is cranky this morning and that it's a game that nobody will forget anytime soon. He talked about the time Matt Alou dropped a similar fly ball 40+ years ago and how he's never forgotten it. He also...
Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten and the bottom five starts are broken down below the chart. The top five short season pitchers are also highlighted in a separate group, since most of those guys only go 4-5 innings max, and don’t have a good chance of being highlighted in the top ten. The rankings include...