Minor League Schedule: 7/15/12

Indianapolis is in first place in their division, and they have the best record in the entire International League. They have an 11 game lead in the standing over second place Columbus, their opponent this afternoon. The Dominican Summer League plays their All-Star game this morning. Pitchers Jesus Paredes and Omar Basulto as well as infielder Ulysses Montilla were all named to the AS team, with more names to possibly be named. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Hafner is still looking for his first win of the season

Triple-A: Indianapolis (58-36) vs Columbus (47-47) 1:15pm
Probable starter: Rick VandenHurk (8-1 3.47)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 12 Columbus 9 (Game story)

Rick VandenHurk will make his tenth start for Indy today. He has also pitched twice in relief and once for Bradenton. For Indy, he has pitched a total of 59.2 innings, allowing 58 hits, five homers, 21 walks and he has 50 strikeouts. Rick’s last start, which was against Columbus, ended with his first loss of the year. He went five innings, giving up seven runs on five hits and five walks. At home he is 5-0 2.57 in 28 innings.

Double-A: Altoona (44-46) @ Akron (53-39) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Phil Irwin (1-6 3.93)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 3 Akron 4 (game story)

Phil Irwin will make his 12th start of the year today for Altoona. He has also made one rehab start with Bradenton and pitched once in relief. For Altoona, Phil has pitched a total of 66.1 innings, allowing 74 hits, seven homers, 12 walks and he has 52 strikeouts, with a 1.80 GOA/O ratio. In his last start, Phil went six innings, allowing one run on five hits and three walks. He has pitched 20 innings combined between his last three starts, giving up one run in each game.

High-A: Bradenton (42-51 overall 13-10 2nd half) @ Clearwater (50-39 overall 14-9 2nd half) 1:00pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (1-4 3.10)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 5 Brevard County 7 (game one) Bradenton 10 Brevard County 11 (game two)

Bradenton is currently in first place in their division for the second half title, one game ahead of both Jupiter and Palm Beach. They are  18-27 this year on the road and they have a 2-2 record against Clearwater this season, splitting the only series the two teams have played.

Low-A: West Virginia (36-57 overall 13-10 2nd half) @ Augusta (44-47 overall 12-10 2nd half) 5:35pm
Probable starter: Ryan Hafner (0-6 7.11)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 8 Augusta 6

Ryan Hafner will make his 13th start of the season tonight, the fourth highest total on the team. He has thrown 50.2 innings this year, allowing 64 hits, five homers, 52 walks and he has 26 strikeouts with a 1.51 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Ryan allowed five runs on six hits and four walks in 4.1 innings. In his previous outing, he recorded just one out before reaching his pitch count, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks.

Short Season A: State College (14-12) vs Brooklyn (16-11) 6:05pm
Probable Starter: Jason Creasy (0-1 4.29)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 3 Brooklyn 6

Jason Creasy will make his sixth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 21 innings, allowing 21 hits, two homers, six walks and he has 14 strikeouts. In his last start, Jason went five innings, allowing one run on five hits, his best outing as a pro. He has started twice at home this year, allowing three runs in nine innings with ten strikeouts.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (12-11) VS GCL Braves (8-16) 12:00pm 7/16

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 8 Tigers 7 in 11 innings

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

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off

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

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off

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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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  • Lee Young

    Not expecting Ryan Haffner to do good today….hopefully, he’ll surprise me.

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