Minor League Schedule: 8/4/11

Minor League Schedule: 8/4/11
John Dreker

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Indianapolis had off yesterday, they return tonight for a four game series at home against Toledo. The VSL Pirates have just four games left in their season. They play a doubleheader today with the first game being a completion of the 7/23 game which is at 6-2 Mariners in the 4th inning. Please take note of the early start time for the State College game.

Fuesser gets his 10th start of the year tonight

AAA: Indianapolis (58-54) VS Toledo (52-60) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Ross Ohlendorf (1-0 1.80)

Ross will make his 2nd rehab start with Indianapolis and his 5th overall rehab start. He pitched Friday night allowing one run on 3 hits, 3 walks and he recorded one strikeout in 5 innings of work. Overall in his 4 starts he has pitched 17.2 innings giving up 18 hits, 5 walks and he has struck out ten. He has an overall 1-0 3.57 record.

AA: Altoona (48-61) VS Binghamton (44-67) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Michael Colla (4-8 4.00)

Colla will get his 18th start of the year tonight, he has also made 6 relief appearances. He is 2nd on the Curve in strikeouts with 81, trailing only Jeff Locke. His career high 101.1 innings pitched this year are third on the team behind Locke and Aaron Pribanic. In his last start he gave up 3 runs over 4 innings. He had a rough month of July going 0-4 6.08 in 6 games.

High-A: Bradenton (53-56 overall 23-16 2nd half) VS Ft Myers (49-60 overall 15-23 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (1-1 4.78)

Brandon has made 6 starts and one relief appearance with Bradenton since being promoted from West Virginia. On the year between the two teams he has a record of 8-5 4.47 in 18 starts and two relief appearances. He has thrown 104.2 innings allowing 106 hits, 23 walks and he has struck out 76 while giving up 11 home runs. In his last start which came last Thursday, Brandon went 6 innings, giving up 2 runs and he struck out eight.

Low-A: West Virginia (51-55 overall 16-22 2nd half) VS Greensboro (57-50 overall 17-20 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zac Fuesser (2-4 3.14)

Zac has made 9 starts this year as well as 15 relief appearances. As a starter he has an 0-3 4.21 record over 47 innings pitched with 42 strikeouts. On the year he is third on the team in strikeouts with 77 trailing only Colton Cain and team leader Zack Von Rosenberg who has 82. In his last start on Saturday, Zac gave up 3 runs in 5 innings on 3 hits, 3 walks and he struck out four.

Short Season A: State College (16-30) @ Vermont (24-21) 11:05am
Probable starter: Michael Jefferson (1-1 6.86)

State College is in last place in their division, 11 games back with 30 games left on the schedule. They are last in the 14 team NYPL in team batting average with a .227 overall mark. They are also last in team ERA with a 5.13 mark.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (22-17) VS GCL Yankees (27-12) 12:00pm

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

VSL: VSL Pirates (38-30) VS VSL Mariners (35-33) 11:00am DH

The VSL Pirates are in first place and have a one and a half game lead over the 2nd place Rays. Their season ends Saturday and five of the six teams in the league still have a chance for the playoffs.

DSL: DSL Pirates (34-18) VS DSL Red Sox (33-24) 10:30am

The DSL Pirates are in 2nd place, one game back of the DSL Royals who they play two more times this year. Their season ends on August 19th.

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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