Minor League Schedule: 9/4/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Indianapolis was eliminated from the playoffs last night despite winning their game. Bradenton and State College finish their schedule today. Bradenton starts a best of three game playoff on Tuesday against St Lucie. Please take note of their early morning start time as they finish their season today. The Pirates minor league system clinched a winning record Friday night. They currently sit at a combined 424-406.

McPherson threw five shutout innings in his last start

AAA: Indianapolis (75-67) VS Louisville (72-70) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Aaron Thompson (1-0 2.35)

Aaron will make his 4th start for Indy. He pitched most of the year with Altoona where he went 4-7 5.16 in 12 starts and 16 relief appearances. Aaron also made one start for the Pirates going 4.1 scoreless innings on August 24 when the Pirates defeated the Brewers 2-0.

AA: Altoona (63-76) VS Richmond (75-65) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (8-5 3.20)

Kyle will get his 16th start with Altoona tonight, giving him 28 total starts on the year. With Bradenton he had a 4-1 2.89 record before being promoted. He has pitched a total of 156 innings this year giving up 135 hits, 27 walks and he has struck out 137 batters. In his last start he went 5 shutout innings allowing 1 hit, 1 walk and he struck out three. He is the Pirates minor league leader in starts, innings pitched, strikeouts and WHIP with a 1.04 mark.

High-A: Bradenton (73-63 overall 43-23 2nd half) @ Charlotte (64-73 overall 34-34 2nd half) 10:00am
Probable starter: Donald Veal (0-1 3.14)

Donald will get his 4th start for Bradenton today. He has gone 4 innings in each of his last two starts allowing no runs on August 26th and 2 runs on August 30th. He has logged 27 innings this season pitching 18 games combined for 4 different teams, Indianapolis, Altoona, Bradenton and the GCL Pirates. He has a total record of  0-2 4.67 with 14 walks and 27 strikeouts.

Low-A: West Virginia (67-69 overall 31-36 2nd half) @ Delmarva (55-83 overall 20-48 2nd half) 5:05pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (4-0 2.81)

Navarro will make his 8th start for West Virginia today, he also made one for Bradenton. He has made 18 relief appearances this year as well. Combined he has a record of  5-2 4.09 with 19 walks and 81 strikeouts in 83.2 innings pitched. In his last start he went 5.1 innings and allowed 4 runs, 3 of them earned.

Short Season A: State College (31-43) @ Williamsport (42-32) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Ryan Hafner (2-6 3.21)

Ryan will make his final start of the year today. The 19 year old 6″6 righty has started 13 games and made one relief appearance this year. He has pitched a total of 61.2 innings giving up 56 hits, 20 walks and he has recorded 31 strikeouts. In his last start Ryan gave up 4 earned runs over 5 innings. It was just the 2nd time this year he allowed that many earned runs in the game, in all of his other 12 appearances he has allowed 3 ER or less.

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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