Minor League Schedule: 7/18/12

Luis Heredia will get the start tonight for State College. His last start was covered here , one in which he picked up his first win of the season. We also had live coverage of his first, second and third starts of the year. West Virginia has off today. Both Bradenton and Indianapolis play early afternoon games today, while the GCL Pirates play a doubleheader. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Heredia is 16 months younger than any other player on the Spikes roster.

Triple-A: Indianapolis (60-37) vs Gwinnett (45-53) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Daniel Cabrera (4-4 4.35)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 5 Gwinnett 8 (Game story)

Daniel Cabrera will make his 15th start of the season tonight for Indianapolis. He has pitched a total of 78.2 innings with Indy(he also made a rehab start with Bradenton), allowing 85 hits, three homers, 28 walks and he has 46 strikeouts. Daniel threw a nine inning complete game in his last start, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks. He pitched against Gwinnett on 6/20, going 5.2 innings with one run allowed on five hits and no walks, picking up the win.

Double-A: Altoona (44-49) @ Richmond (50-47) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (1-4 4.40)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 2 Richmond 10

Kyle McPherson will make his sixth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 28.2 innings, allowing 29 hits, two home runs, five walks and he has 23 strikeouts. Kyle has gone at least five innings in every start so far and in all five games he has walked one batter. In each of his last two games, McPherson has recorded seven strikeouts. He has lost four straight games.

High-A: Bradenton (43-53 overall 14-12 2nd half) @ Clearwater (52-40 overall 16-10 2nd half) 12:00pm
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (0-4 11.78)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 0 Clearwater 2

Matt Benedict will make his sixth start since being promoted from West Virginia. With the Power, he went 4-4 3.42 in 14 starts, striking out 44 batters in 76.1 innings. With Bradenton, Matt has allowed 36 baserunners in 18.1 innings, giving up four homers, one more than he allowed with WV. In his last two starts combined, Benedict has allowed 14 runs over just three innings of work.

Low-A: West Virginia (37-59 overall 14-12 2nd half) vs Delmarva ( overall  2nd half) 7:05pm 7/19
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (4-5 5.36)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 0 Augusta 2 (game one)  West Virginia 2 Augusta 0 (game two)

West Virginia is off today. The Power are currently in fourth place in their division, though they are just one game out in the standings. When they resume play on Thursday, they will begin a four game set at home before going on a seven game road trip.

Short Season A: State College (14-15) @ Mahoning Valley (15-14) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Luis Heredia (1-1 1.13)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 3 Mahoning Valley 7

Luis Heredia will make his sixth start of the year tonight. He has pitched 24 innings, allowing 20 hits, no homers, six walks and he has 14 strikeouts. Luis has gone five innings in each of his last four starts and he has not allowed more than one earned run in a game yet. He has the third best ERA in the NYPL and the 11th best WHIP, trailing teammates Joely Rodriguez and Clay Holmes.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (14-11) VS GCL Phillies (12-13) 11:00am DH

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 6 Braves 5

DSL: Pirates1 (23-15) VS Marlins (12-26) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5 Red Sox 4

DSL: Pirates2 (15-23) VS DBacks/Reds (7-31) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 0 Nationals 1

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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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