Minor League Schedule: 9/1/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Bradenton was rained out last night. The game will not be made up as it was the last meeting between the two teams. Indianapolis has off today.

Dodson has a 2.33 ERA since returning to WV

AAA: Indianapolis (74-66) @ Louisville (71-68) 7:15pm 9/2
Probable starter: (TBD)

Indianapolis is still just barely in the wild card race with 4 games against Louisville left in their season. They currently trail first place Gwinnett by 2.5 games and 2nd place Lehigh Valley by 2 games.

AA: Altoona (63-73) @ Bowie (72-64) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Michael Colla (5-10 3.71)

Colla will make his 23rd start of the year tonight, he has also made 6 relief appearances. He has set career highs in innings pitched with 128.2 and in strikeouts with 105. In his last start on Friday he went 5.1 innings allowing 3 runs on 7 hits with 5 strikeouts and he took his 2nd straight loss.

High-A: Bradenton (70-63 overall 40-23 2nd half) VS Charlotte (64-70 overall 34-31 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (3-3 3.78)

Brandon will get his 12th start with Bradenton tonight. He also made 12 starts while with West Virginia. Combined between the two teams he has a 10-7 4.04 record with 30 walks and 89 strikeouts in 131.1 innings pitched. In his last start Brandon allowed just one run over 6 innings. In his prior start he allowed no earned runs over 5 innings but got a no decision.

Low-A: West Virginia (64-69 overall 28-36 2nd half) @ Delmarva (55-80 overall 20-45 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (5-4 2.77)

Dodson will make his 13th start with West Virginia and 20th overall start on the year tonight. He went 4 innings in his last start allowing 3 runs on 4 hits and a walk. He has a combined record of 5-6 3.27 with 61 strikeouts and 21 walks allowed in 88 innings. He has improved his walk ratio well over last year’s mark when he allowed 27 walks in just 57.2 innings.

Short Season A: State College (28-43) VS Batavia (35-35) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (5-2 2.32)

Nick will be making his 15th start of the season tonight. His 2.32 ERA ranks him 4th in the NYPL. In his last 10 starts  he has allowed one run 8 times and no runs twice, posting a 5-0 1.29 record in 49 innings. His 44 strikeouts ranks him 1st on the Spikes and his 66 innings pitched is just 1/3 of an inning less than team leader Matt Benedict. Nick’s 1.14 WHIP is first on the team and 7th in the NYPL.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (34-26)

The GCL Pirates finished their season in 2nd place, 3 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 (41-30)

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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