Minor League Schedule: 8/26/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Bradenton has a doubleheader today. They have named just one starter so far. Indianapolis has not named a starter as of yet for their game. The GCL Pirates dropped a half game back to the Cardinals in the wild card standings with just two games to go in their season, both against the first place Yankees team.  West Virginia lost last night in a game that went 19 innings and saw utility fielder Kevin Mort pitch from the 14th inning on.

Dodson has a 1.57 ERA since returning to WV

AAA: Indianapolis (69-65) @ Columbus (82-52) 7:05pm
Probable starter: TBD ()

Indianapolis is now tied for 5th place in the wildcard standings, 6 games back with just 10 games left in the year. They do not play a team ahead of them in the wild card standings the rest of the way.

AA: Altoona (60-71) @ Binghamton (59-72) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Michael Colla (5-9 3.65)

Colla will make his 22nd start of the year tonight. He reached the 100 strikeout mark for the first time in his career in his last start. Prior to this year his career high was 72 set last year.  He has also pitched a career high 123.1 innings besting last year’s mark of 81.2 IP. He has held batters to a .225 BAA. He took the loss in his last start giving up 3 runs over 6 innings on Sunday

High-A: Bradenton (66-61 overall 36-21 2nd half) @ St Lucie (68-60 overall 30-28 2nd half) 4:00pm DH
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (2-3 4.01)

Brandon will make his 11th start with Bradenton tonight, he had also made 12 starts with West Virginia before his late June promotion. Combined between the two teams he has a 9-7 4.16 record with 88 strikeouts and 27 walks in 125.1 innings pitched. His last start was also against St Lucie and he allowed just one unearned run over 5 innings getting a no-decision. Bradenton has a 3 game lead in their division with just 11 games left on the schedule.

Low-A: West Virginia (61-67 overall 25-34 2nd half) VS Lexington (54-74 overall 19-39 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (5-4 2.50)

Zack has made 11 starts for WV and 18 total starts on the year including his 3 in the GCL and 4 with State College. Overall he has a 5-6 3.11 record with 84 innings pitched, 85 hits allowed, 20 walks and 59 strikeouts. Since returning to WV he has a 3-1 1.57 record in 4 starts.

Short Season A: State College (25-40) VS Williamsport (37-29) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Michael Jefferson (2-2 4.54)

Jefferson will make his 6th start of the year, he has also pitched 7 times in relief. As a starter he has a 1-2 3.86 record with 19 strikeouts in 18.2 IP. In his last start on Sunday he gave up 2 runs over 5 innings with 6 strikeouts and he took the loss.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (32-26) VS GCL Yankees (37-21) 12:00pm

The GCL Pirates are currently in 2nd place, 5 games back in the standings.

VSL: VSL Pirates (40-32)

The VSL Pirates have finished their season. They won the VSL pennant for a sixth straight year.

DSL: DSL Pirates (41-28)

The DSL Pirates finished tied for 2nd in their division, 5.5 games back.

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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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