Minor League Schedule: 7/26/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Please take note of the early afternoon start time for West Virginia. State College has off today. All three teams rookie league teams won yesterday and all of them are in first place.

Taillon takes the mound for West Virginia this afternoon

AAA: Indianapolis (54-50) @ Charlotte (50-54) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (9-5 3.88)

Justin will get his 20th start of the year tonight. It is his 3rd straight season with at least 20 starts. He has made five straight starts without picking up his 10th win. In his last start on Thursday he faced tonight’s opponent Charlotte and allowed 3 earned runs in 4.2 innings. His 52 walks allowed is the 3rd highest total in the IL

AA: Altoona (42-59) @ Reading (54-48) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Aaron Pribanic (6-8 4.30)

Aaron will make his 20th start of the year tonight, he also has one relief appearance. In his last start he got his first win since May as he gave up just 2 runs over 6 innings. He allowed 8 hits, walked two and did not record a strikeout.Since the beginning of June (9 starts) he has a 6.97 ERA and he has picked up six losses. His last start vs Reading on June 11th was shortened by rain. He gave up one run in two innings.

High-A: Bradenton (48-54 overall 18-14 2nd half) @ Clearwater (54-46 overall 15-16 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Brian Leach (1-3 8.55)

Bradenton currently sits in 1st place tied with St Lucie, the team that won the first half title. St Lucie has a 17-13 second half record. The two teams play each other seven more times this year, five of them in St Lucie.

Low-A: West Virginia (46-53 overall 11-20 2nd half) @ Charleston (41-60 overall 15-16 2nd half) 12:05pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (2-2 4.09)

Jameson will make his 16th pro start tonight. The 2nd overall pick in the 2010 draft has struggled since the all-star break going 0-1 6.16 in five starts. His first 10 starts he was 2-1 3.16 in 42.2 innings pitched. Jameson threw 5 innings on Thursday giving up 2 runs while striking out six. On the year he has walked just 10 batters while striking out 60.

Short Season A: State College (11-27) @ Tri-City (15-22) 7:00pm 7/27
Probable starter:  Matt Benedict (1-2 4.83)

State College is in 6th place in their division, ten games out of 1st place. The other five teams in the league are all within one game of each other in the standings. The Spikes now have the worst record in the 14 team NYPL.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (20-11) VS GCL Blue Jays (11-20) 12:00pm

The GCL Pirates are in 1st place, tied with the Yankees.

VSL: VSL Pirates (33-25) VS VSL Tigers (22-36) 8:30am DH

The VSL Pirates are in first place and have a 1 1/2 game lead over the 2nd place Rays with 12 days left in the season.

DSL: DSL Pirates (30-16) VS DSL Red Sox (29-19) 10:30am

The DSL Pirates are in 1st place,one game ahead of the DSL Royals.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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