Minor League Schedule: 7/2/12

Both Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon will start tonight, making it the first time both players started on the same night. The two top prospects in the Pirates system were selected to represent the organization in the Futures Game played this upcoming Sunday during All-Star weekend. Bradenton had a doubleheader yesterday, while the GCL Pirates, as well as both DSL teams, were off. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Cole looks to rebound from a shaky second outing with Altoona

Triple-A: Indianapolis (52-31) @ Louisville (31-54) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (6-4 3.57)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 8 Louisville 3

Justin Wilson will make his 17th start of the year tonight for Indianapolis. He has pitched a total of 85.2 innings, allowing 62 hits, 40 walks and he has 89 strikeouts. Wilson ranks fifth in the International League in strikeouts and tenth with his 1.19 WHIP. On the road this year, he is 2-3 4.97 in eight starts. He last faced Louisville on 5/25, giving up one run in 5.1 innings. Batters are hitting an even .200 against him this year, .149 from the left side.

Double-A: Altoona (39-41) @ Binghamton (36-44) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Gerrit Cole (1-1 7.50)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 7 Binghamton 4

Gerrit Cole will make his third start for Altoona. He left his second start early after reaching his single inning pitch count in the first inning. He was also struck in the jaw with a line drive, but he is making his scheduled start on time. In his AA debut, he went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits, with no walks and six strikeouts. While with Bradenton, Cole pitched 67 innings, giving up 53 hits, five homers, 21 walks and he struck out 69 batters. He still ranks in the top ten in the FSL in strikeouts.

High-A: Bradenton (35-46 overall 6-5 2nd half) @ Charlotte (33-44 overall 4-6 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (5-6 4.18)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 0 Charlotte 8 (game one) Bradenton 5 Charlotte 4 (game two)

Jameson Taillon will make his 16th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 79.2 innings, allowing 72 hits, six homers, 22 walks and he has recorded 71 strikeouts. In his last start, he allowed three runs in five innings, giving up two homers in a game for the second time this season. In his previous start, Jameson threw seven shutout innings, surrendering just one hit. On the road this year, he is 2-6 6.04 in ten starts. Taillon is the team leader in strikeouts, ranking him eighth in the FSL.

Low-A: West Virginia (29-52 overall 6-5 2nd half) @ Delmarva (29-50 overall 1-9 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (4-1 2.84)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 15 Delmarva 10

Robby Rowland will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 38 innings, giving up 38 hits, no homers, nine walks and he has twenty strikeouts. Robby has an outstanding 2.00 GO/AO ratio to go along with his .259 BAA. In his last outing on 6/27, he gave up two runs on seven hits, with a walk and four strikeouts. Rowland has allowed three or less earned runs in all seven of his starts.

Short Season A: State College (8-6) VS Batavia (6-8) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Clay Holmes (2-0 0.00)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 1 Batavia 0 in 10 innings (Game story)

Clay Holmes will make his third start of the year. In his debut, Holmes went five scoreless innings, allowing three hits, one walk and he struck out five. In his second game, Clay went five innings again, giving up one unearned run, on one hit and five walks with four strikeouts. He was taken in the ninth round of the 2011 draft, signing for $1.2mil. Holmes signed too late to pitch last year. He was in Extended Spring Training until the beginning of the State College season.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (5-5) VS GCL Tigers (8-4) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off

DSL: Pirates1 (14-11) VS Yankees2 (7-18) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off

DSL: Pirates2 (13-12) VS DBacks/Reds (3-22) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off

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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  • Lee Young

    Looking forward to seeing how Cole rebounds.

    Clay Holmes, an OVERSLOT, pitching well? lol

    Wilson’s numbers are ridiculous! Can he overcome his control problems and be a solid MLB starter?