Minor League Schedule: 7/24/12

Luis Heredia will get the start for State College tonight. He ranks seventh in the NY-Penn League in ERA. Luis is just 1.1 inning away from his total from last year. He has great improved his command (19 walks last year compared to seven this year) and he has nearly tripled his groundball rate, all while playing as the youngest player in the NYPL. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Heredia gets the start tonight at home

Triple-A: Indianapolis (64-40) vs Pawtucket (58-46) 7:00pm
Probable starter:  Justin Wilson (7-4 4.25)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 2 Toledo 1 in 14 innings (game recap)

Justin Wilson will make his 21st start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 103.2 innings, giving up 75 hits, 11 homers, 52 walks and he has 108 strikeouts, with a .200 BAA. He has had a rough three game stretch, allowing 15 runs over 12 innings of work. Wilson ranks tenth in the International League with a 1.23 WHIP (tied with Jeff Locke and three spots behind Rudy Owens) and third in strikeouts. He is also sixth in walks allowed.

Double-A: Altoona (50-51) @ Reading (51-50) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kris Johnson (0-0 2.33)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 7 Reading 1

Kris Johnson will make his fourth start for Altoona and seventh start overall. His last start was with Indianapolis three days ago, when he went three innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Combined between his two teams, he has pitched 59.2 innings, allowing 59 hits, seven homers(all while with Indy), 27 walks and he has 48 strikeouts, with a 1.57 GO/AO ratio.

High-A: Bradenton (47-53 overall 18-12 2nd half) @ St Lucie (61-38 overall 12-19 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (0-4 10.03)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 10 St Lucie 2

Matt Benedict will make his seventh start for Bradenton and 21st start overall. While with West Virginia, Matt pitched 76.2 innings, allowing 72 hits, three homers, 23 walks and he had 44 strikeouts, with a 1.67 GO/AO ratio. While with Bradenton, he has pitched 23.1 innings, giving up 28 hits, four homers, 14 walks and he has ten strikeouts, with an identical 1.67 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Benedict went five innings, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks.

Low-A: West Virginia (39-62 overall 16-15 2nd half) @ Greensboro (60-41 overall 14-17 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (2-7 5.63)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 5 Greensboro 1

Nick Kingham will make his 20th start of the season. He has pitched a total of 84.2 innings, allowing 90 hits, 14 homers, 27 walks and he has 80 strikeouts with a 1.14 GO/AO ratio. Nick threw six shutout innings in his last start, giving up just two hits, no walks and he struck out seven batters. It was his first win in 14 starts. He has a 6.84 ERA in 12 road starts, 3.89 at home. Nick and Zack Dodson are the only pitchers on WV to make their start every time through the rotation since the beginning of the season.

Short Season A: State College (19-16) vs Batavia (19-15) 12:05pm
Probable Starter: Luis Heredia (1-1 1.86)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 9 Batavia 8

Luis Heredia will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 29 innings, allowing 26 hits, one homer, seven walks and he has 17 strikeouts with a 1.83 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Luis allowed more than one earned run for the first time, while also allowing his first homer of the season. This will be his fourth home start of the season. In the first three, Heredia has given up one run in 14 innings.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (19-12) VS GCL Blue Jays (9-22) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 8 Blue Jays 7

DSL: Pirates1 (25-18) VS Mets2 (24-18) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 0 Mets 4

DSL: Pirates2 (17-25) VS Cubs2 (24-19) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 1 Cubs 0

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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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  • Duane Sjoberg

    We are going to the Spikes game this afternoon. Look forward to seeing Luis “el chico grande” Heredia

    • JohnDreker

      Would like to read your impressions of him after the game if possible.

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