Minor League Schedule: 6/22/12

Two days after Gerrit Cole made his AA debut, and one day after Luis Heredia made his season debut for State College, Clay Holmes will pitch his first professional game for State College. He signed for $1.2mil after being picked in the ninth round of the 2011 amateur draft. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Clayton Holmes makes his pro debut tonight

Triple-A: Indianapolis (44-29) VS Scranton-WB (40-34) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (5-4 3.62)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 4 Gwinnett 2 (Game story here)

Justin Wilson will make his 15th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 74.2 innings, allowing 56 hits, seven homers and 36 walks with 73 strikeouts. In his last start, Justin gave up one run on one hit and three walks. In his previous start he threw seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits and no walks. He has a .206 BAA, .159 against left-handed batters. In six home starts, he has gone 3-1 1.91 in 33 innings.

Double-A: Altoona (32-37) VS Akron (45-27) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (7-5 3.22)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona  3 New Britain  5

Brandon Cumpton will make his 14th start of the season tonight. He pitched a total of 81 innings, allowing 67 hits, five homers and 22 walks while striking out 47 batters. He has a 2.16 GO/AO ratio and a .233 BAA. In his last start, Brandon allowed four runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings. Prior to that, he had five straight quality starts(six or more IP, three or less runs). Cumpton is the team leader in wins, WHIP(1.10) and ERA.

High-A: Bradenton (29-41) @ Charlotte (29-38) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (High-A debut)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 10 Charlotte 3

Matt Benedict will make his Bradenton debut tonight. He made 14 starts for West Virginia before getting promoted, pitching a total of 76.1 innings, allowing 72 hits, three homers and 23 walks with 44 strikeouts. Matt was the WV team leader in wins(4), WHIP(1.24) and innings pitched. In his last start on 6/15, he threw five shutout innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (24-47 overall 1-0 2nd half) VS Lexington (39-31 overall 0-1 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (2-1 3.12)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 9 Lexington 4

Robby Rowland will make his sixth start of the season. He has also pitched once in relief. On the year, he has thrown 26 innings, allowing 29 hits, no homers and six walks with 13 strikeouts. Robby has a 1.87 GO/AO ratio, with a .271 BAA. In his last start, he went four innings, giving up five runs(two earned) on seven hits and two walks. Rowland started against Lexington on 5/23, allowing two runs(one earned) in four innings. It was his only loss on the season.

Short Season A: State College (2-2) VS Mahoning Valley (2-2) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Clay Holmes (0-0 0.00)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 8 Wiliamsport 0 (game story)

Clay Holmes will make his pro debut tonight. He was signed in the 9th round of last year’s draft for $1.2mil, a record for that round. Check the link above(his name) for more information on Holmes.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (2-2) VS GCL Braves (3-1) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5 Tigers 9

DSL: Pirates1 (10-7) VS Red Sox (11-6) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 1 Red Sox 3

DSL: Pirates2 (9-8) VS Mets1 (8-9) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 2 Mets 17

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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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