Minor League Schedule: 5/6/12

Top ranked prospect Gerrit Cole, makes his sixth start of his pro career today. He was pushed back a day to allow Phil Irwin to make his first start of the season yesterday. Cole is coming off of his best career start five days ago in which he threw a one hitter over six innings. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Gerrit Cole is second in strikeouts for Bradenton behind Jameson Taillon

Triple-A: Indianapolis (15-13) VS Louisville (10-20) 1:15pm
Probable starter: Daniel Cabrera (0-0 7.36)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 4 Louisville 0 (game story here)

Daniel Cabrera will get his second start for Indianapolis, and third overall start this season. On 5/1, he went 3.2 innings, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks. He also made one start for Bradenton this year, allowing one run on seven hits in six innings. He struck out five that day and walked none. Daniel had Tommy John surgery in 2010 and did not pitch at all during the 2011 season.

Double-A: Altoona (12-16) VS Richmond (14-16) 1:00pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (3-2 3.77)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 0 Richmond 1 in 8 innings (game one) Altoona 3 Richmond 1 (game two)

Brandon Cumpton will make his sixth start of the season today. It will already be his third start against Richmond this year. In 13 innings against them, he has allowed just three earned runs. Brandon went six innings in his last start on 5/1, allowing three earned runs and he picked up his third straight victory. In 31 innings this year, he has allowed 29 hits, six walks and he has struck out 29 batters.

High-A: Bradenton (13-16) @ Tampa (14-15) 1:00pm
Probable starter: Gerrit Cole (1-1 3.52)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 7 Tampa 2

Gerrit Cole will get the sixth start of his pro career tonight. He has pitched 23 innings so far, allowing 17 hits and seven walks with 29 strikeouts. His last start on 4/30 was his best so far, going six innings for the first time. He gave up just one hit and one walk with six strikeouts and for the first time, he didn’t allow a run. Batters are hitting .202 against Cole, with left-handed hitters batting only .154 with 15 strikeouts.

Low-A: West Virginia (11-18) @ Greensboro (20-8) 4:00pm
Probable starter: Zac Fuesser (0-0 3.43)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 2 Greensboro 3

Zac Fuesser will make his sixth start of the season today. His last start was the first time he gave up more than four hits in a game this year. Zac worked four innings on 4/30, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks. His previous start was his best of the season. He pitched six innings, giving up one unearned run on four hits, no walks and he struck out eight batters. He has 19 strikeouts this year in 21 innings.

Author: 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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