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The minor league season is winding down and there is a chance that five Pirates affiliates could make the playoffs. The DSL Pirates2 made the playoffs on Friday, Indianapolis clinched Saturday night and the other three still have some work to do. Bradenton has a doubleheader today. West Virginia is off today. The GCL Pirates had off yesterday. The DSL regular season ended Saturday and their playoffs begin today. 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.
Roth hasn’t allowed more than one run in a start
AAA: Indianapolis (77-59) vs Toledo (57-79) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Stolmy Pimentel (2-5, 3.03)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 8, Rochester 5 in 10 innings
Stolmy Pimentel will get his 14th start for Indianapolis tonight. He also made 13 starts for Altoona earlier in the season, going 4-3, 3.61 in 77.1 innings. With Indianapolis, he has thrown 163.1 innings, giving up 140 hits, 14 homers and 55 walks. Pimentel has 122 strikeouts, a 1.16 GO/AO ratio and a .231 BAA. In his last start, he threw seven shutout innings, giving up four hits and a walk, while striking out six batters.
AA: Altoona (60-73) @ Harrisburg (71-63) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (3-3, 6.59)
Yesterday’s Result: Richmond 3, Altoona 0 (game recap)
Nate Baker will get his sixth start of the season. He has also pitched 31 times in relief. As a starter, he is 1-2, 6.26 in 27.1 innings. Baker has thrown a total of 68.1 innings this year, allowing 79 hits, eight homers and 41 walks. He has 58 strikeouts, a 1.04 GO/AO ratio and a .294 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, allowing seven runs on 11 hits and three walks.
High-A: Bradenton (53-72 overall, 27-30 2nd half) @ Jupiter (65-65) 5:05pm DH
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (4-10, 4.94) and TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 2, Palm Beach 1 in 11 innings
Robby Rowland will get the start today, his 23rd of the year. He has also pitched three times in relief. Rowland has thrown a total of 116.2 innings, allowing 120 hits, ten homers and 45 walks. He has 61 strikeouts, a 1.25 GO/AO ratio and a .268 BAA. He last outing was a relief appearance in which he threw a scoreless inning. In his last start, Rowland gave up one unearned run in 6.2 innings. No starter has been named yet for the second game.
Low-A: West Virginia (76-57 overall, 39-24 2nd half) vs Asheville (61-69) 7:05pm 8/27
Probable starter: Jason Creasy (4-4, 2.80)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 4, Savannah 3
West Virginia has off today. They are currently tied for first place in the chase for the second half title. They could also win a playoff spot by finishing second in the overall standings. They are 2.5 games ahead of Hickory for second place.
Short-Season A: Jamestown (39-25) vs Mahoning Valley (25-39) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Jamestown 4, Williamsport 1
No starter has been named yet for today’s Jamestown game. We will update this post when one is announced.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (29-26) vs GCL Blue Jays (27-29) 12:00pm
Probable Starter: Billy Roth (0-1, 1.13)
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off yesterday
Billy Roth will make his sixth start of the season today. He has thrown a total of 16 innings, allowing ten hits, no homers and six walks. Roth has eight strikeouts and a .189 BAA. In his last start, he threw four shutout innings for the second straight outing. Roth faced the Blue Jays in his pro debut and threw two shutout innings.
DSL: Pirates1 (40-31)
Yesterday’s Result: Season Complete
DSL: Pirates2 (46-26) @ Tigers (49-22) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 were off yesterday
8/24 Wyatt Mathisen activated from disabled list and added to Jamestown roster.
8/24 Kurt Yacko activated from disabled list. Kevin Kleis and David Valestene placed on disabled list
8/20 John Kuchno added to West Virginia roster from Jamestown. Francisco Aponte sent to Jamestown.
8/19 James McDonald assigned to GCL Pirates on rehab.
8/19 Travis Snider assigned to Altoona on rehab.
8/19 Wyatt Mathisen assigned to Jamestown on rehab.
8/17 Candon Myles promoted to Jamestown. Jeff Roy placed on disabled list.
8/16 Eric Wood placed on disabled list. Francisco Aponte promoted to West Virginia. Adam Landecker promoted to Jamestown.
8/15 Ali Solis sent to Altoona from Indianapolis.
8/15 John Kuchno sent to Jamestown. Jimmy Rider added to West Virginia roster.
8/15 Tyler Waldron promoted to Altoona. Kirk Singer added to Bradenton roster
8/11 Francisco Aponte activated from Jamestown disabled list.
8/11 Kenn Kasparek activated from Altoona disabled list. Ethan Hollingsworth placed on 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
BEST OF MAXIM
Tony Sanchez wore No. 19 and No. 26 at times in the minors, but not so in Pittsburgh. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
SAN FRANCISCO — Baseball, as we like to say, is a game of numbers. For no one is that more true than for Scott Bonnett.
The Pirates’ longtime clubhouse manager — known to almost everyone as “Bones” or “Bonesy” — is in charge of assigning the jersey numbers...
Team President Frank Coonelly does not agree that MLB’s new challenge system will make games longer.
Major League Baseball’s planned challenge system for controversial calls will not necessarily make games longer, according to Pirates president Frank Coonelly.
Cutting down long-winded arguments between managers and umpires is part and parcel to the replay system MLB unveiled...
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...
The Pittsburgh Pirates organization has five teams that are in the playoff hunt right now. Starting from the top on down, they are the Indianapolis Indians, West Virginia Power, Jamestown Jammers, GCL Pirates and the DSL Pirates2. In an earlier article, we took a look at the possible promotions that could be made for each team as the season winds down, reinforcing these teams for...
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed leadoff hitter Starling Marte on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a bruised right hand.
Marte was injured when he was thrown out trying to steal third base in the eighth inning of Pittsburgh's 4-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 18. Marte's right hand was stepped on during the play. He remained in the game but hasn't played...
Tony Sanchez hit his first Major League home run, but even that moment did not go perfectly for the Bucs. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
SAN FRANCISCO — Nothing went right for the Pirates in their 6-3 road loss to the San Francisco Giants, not even the good parts.
Pittsburgh’s best starting pitcher this season, Francisco Liriano, was far from his sharpest. He allowed four runs in...
I don’t know why, but the MTV Video Music Awards are a must watch for me every year. It’s probably fueled by nostalgic reasons, remembering back when the VMAs were amazing. This year they opened with Lady Gaga. That can’t compare to the year where they opened with The Smashing Pumpkins, which was an amazing performance that didn’t feature Lady Gaga’s ass.
I still watch...
The Dominican Summer League regular season ended on Saturday. Coverage of the team will continue on through the playoffs, which start of Monday.
Result: Pirates 5, Rockies 0
Starting Pitcher: Christian Henriquez, LHP (4-1, 1.72) 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR
Top Hitter: Rudy Guzman, LF (.275) – 2-for-4, 2 RBI
Other Notable Performers:
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...
The Cardinals took a half game lead in the NL Central today.
The next two weeks are going to be the biggest weeks in the NL Central playoff race. This is something that gets said before every series between the Cardinals and Pirates, Reds and Pirates, or Cardinals and Reds. It’s true for all of those matchups, because this is a tight division race, and every game counts. But the...
The Pirates’ middle three hitters went 0-for-9 against Ryan Vogelsong, including two Russell Martin strikeouts. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
SAN FRANCISCO — The Pirates went more than two months between games in which they were held scoreless and recorded three hits or fewer.
On this Sunday afternoon, it was the Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong who shut down the Bucs in a 4-0 San...
The Dominican Summer League playoffs started today, with the Pirates2 taking on the Detroit Tigers affiliate. The playoff format is best of three in the first round, with the two best teams in the league getting first round byes. The Pirates2 won the Wildcard spot with a 46-26 record, so they met up against the Tigers, who finished 49-22 on the season. The two teams played each other...
This recap is late coming because I'm just not sure there's much to say about yesterday's game: Ryan Vogelsong absolutely dominated the Pirates, and any chance that the Pirates had to comeback was spoiled by AJ Burnett being left on the mound for an inning too long. That's pretty much it. The Pirates had an opportunity over the weekend to finish their road trip with...
For the very first time in the month of August, the Pirates are not alone in first place. Last night's loss to the Giants coupled with the Cardinals' third straight win over the Braves put St. Louis into a tie with the Bucs, which is the first time the Cardinals have been in first place since the double-header at PNC Park on July 30th. The Cards are losing to the Braves right...
After faltering at the end of a road trip, the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to get back on track before a crucial series.
The Pirates will try to accomplish that feat by adding to their recent dominance over the Milwaukee Brewers in a three-game set that begins Tuesday night.
Pittsburgh (76-54) won four of its first five games in California before falling twice to San Francisco...