Minor League Schedule: 7/14/12

Top prospect Gerrit Cole, will make his first start in 12 days due to the Eastern League All-Star break and his one inning appearance in the Futures Game. Bradenton was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader today consisting of two 7-inning games. No starter for game two of the doubleheader has been announced yet. ** Jameson Taillon is now listed as the game one starter, Benedict game two** The two DSL affiliates have off until Monday due to the DSL All-Star break. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Cole’s last outing was during the Futures Game

Triple-A: Indianapolis (57-35) vs Columbus (46-46) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (7-4 3.44)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 0 Columbus 2 (Game story)

Justin Wilson will make his 19th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 96.2 innings, allowing 66 hits, eight homers, 45 walks and he has 99 strikeouts. In his last start, Justin gave up three runs over five innings, with three hits and four walks surrendered. He has had five starts this year in which he gave up one or less(once) hits. Wilson has a .191 BAA, .143 from the left side. He ranks eighth in the International League with a 1.15 WHIP, tenth in ERA and third in strikeouts.

Double-A: Altoona (44-46) @ Akron (53-39) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Gerrit Cole (2-1 4.63)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 0 Akron 3

Gerrit Cole will make his fourth start for Altoona tonight. Before being promoted to AA, Gerrit made 13 starts for Bradenton, pitching a total of 67 innings, allowing 53 hits, five homers, 21 walks and he had 69 strikeouts. In his last start, he went 5.2 innings, giving up one earned run on six hits and a walk while recording five strikeouts. In his previous outing, he lasted just one inning due to reaching his single inning pitch count limit. Cole’s AA debut resulted in a five inning appearance in which he gave up two runs on five hits and no walks.

High-A: Bradenton (42-49 overall 13-8 2nd half) vs Brevard County (39-49 overall 10-10 2nd half) 5:00pm DH
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (0-3 8.27) and Jameson Taillon (5-6 4.05)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was rained out

Matt Benedict will make his fifth start for Bradenton tonight. He began the year with West Virginia, going 4-4 3.42 in 76.1 innings over 14 starts. In his last start on 7/8, he went just one inning due to reaching his single inning pitch count limit. He gave up five runs on four hits, one homer and a walk. He was coming off his best start for Bradenton. On 7/3, he went six innings, giving up one unearned run on two hits and a walk. Matt gave up the same amount of homers with WV(3) as he has given up in 60 less innings with Bradenton.

Low-A: West Virginia (35-57 overall 12-10 2nd half) @ Augusta (44-46 overall 12-9 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (5-2 2.74)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 6 Rome 1 (game one)  West Virginia 9 Rome 0 (game two)

Robby Rowland will make his tenth start for West Virginia tonight. He has pitched a total of 49.1 innings, allowing 50 hits, just one homer, 12 walks and he has 27 strikeouts. In his last start on 7/7, Robby threw six shutout innings, giving up six hits and no walks with three strikeouts. On the road this year, he is 2-2 3.29 in 27.1 innings. Rowland has an outstanding 1.92 GO/AO ratio.

Short Season A: State College (14-11) vs Brooklyn (15-11) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Clay Holmes (2-1 1.45)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 11 Staten Island 2 (Game story)

Clay Holmes will make his fifth start of the season tonight. In his last start, he threw five shutout innings, giving up just one hit and one walks with two strikeouts. It was the second time he pitched five innings and gave up only one hit, and the third time he pitched five innings without allowing an earned run. In 18.2 innings, Holmes has 14 strikeouts, a 1.53 GO/AO ratio and a .164 BAA.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (11-11) VS GCL Tigers (17-6) 10:00am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 0 Tigers 5

DSL: Pirates1 (21-15) VS Red Sox (23-13) 10:30am 7/16

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 4 Yankees 2

DSL: Pirates2 (14-22) VS Nationals (18-18) 10:30am 7/16

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 2 Giants 6

John Dreker

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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  • buccotime57

    Hoping the green stuff on the radar does not prevent cole from pitching tonight