Minor League Schedule: 7/30/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. The minor league season has just 37 days left in the season after today.

Owens pitched seven shutout innings in his last start

AAA: Indianapolis (56-52) @ Gwinnett (59-47) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Rudy Owens (8-6 4.63)

Owens will make his 20th start of the year tonight.  He has made two straight appearances in which he has thrown 7 innings and on Sunday he gave up just 2 hits and no runs. In the month of July, Owens is 2-1 2.83 in 5 starts. It is his only month this year with an ERA under 4.50.

AA: Altoona (45-60) @ Portland (44-61) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (4-3 3.08)

Kyle will make his 10th start since joining Altoona. On the season he has made 21 starts and has a combined record of 8-4 2.97 with 106 strikeouts over 121.1 innings with just 19 walks allowed. In his last start on Monday, Kyle gave up 3 earned runs over 5 innings. He has thrown at least 5 innings in all of his starts with Altoona.

High-A: Bradenton (50-56 overall 20-16 2nd half) @ Brevard County (43-60 overall 16-17 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jhonathan Ramos (2-3 2.97)

Ramos will make his 4th start of the season tonight, his first 22 appearances were made in relief. He lasted just 4.2 IP in his last outing, giving up 10 hits and 3 runs. Prior to that in the starting role he allowed just one run in 10.2 innings. Left-handed batters are hitting just .222 off him this year.

Low-A: West Virginia (49-53 overall 14-20 2nd half) VS Lakewood (51-51 overall 18-16 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter:  Zac Fuesser (2-4 3.00)

Fuesser will make his 9th start of the year and he is coming off his worst start of the year. On Sunday he gave up 7 earned runs over 4 innings while taking the loss. Zac has also made 15 appearances this year in relief in which he has a 2-1 1.75 ERA over 36 innings. He is 3rd on the team in strikeouts with 73, trailing the team leader, Zack Von Rosenberg, by five.

Short Season A: State College (12-29) VS Lowell (19-22) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (0-1 5.40)

Dodson will make his 4th start for State College although he is no longer on rehab, he has been assigned to the team. He started the year with WV and went 2-3 3.12 in 7 starts before getting injured. He made 3 rehab starts in the GCL going 0-1 4.15 over 8.2 IP. In his last start on Sunday he went 4.2 innings allowing one run on 6 hits. He has made two straight starts without recording a strikeout.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (21-14) VS GCL Braves (14-21) 10:00am

The GCL Pirates are currently in 2nd place, three games back in the standings.

VSL: VSL Pirates (36-28) VS VSL Rays (34-30) 9:30am

The VSL Pirates are in first place and have a 2 game lead over the 2nd place Rays who they play today. There are just 8 games left in the season.

DSL: DSL Pirates (31-18) VS DSL Rays (24-26) 10:30am

The DSL Pirates are tied for 2nd place with the Red Sox,1 game behind 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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