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Minor League Schedule: 7/30/12

Altoona has off today. They resume their schedule on the road in Trenton tomorrow night with Gerrit Cole on the mound. The two other top pitching prospects in the system will go tonight. Jameson Taillon ranks ninth in the FSL in strikeouts, while Luis Heredia ranks ninth in the NYPL in ERA and he has a 1.03 WHIP. Both DSL teams, as well as the GCL Pirates, had off yesterday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Heredia makes his fourth road start of the year

Triple-A: Indianapolis (67-43) vs Buffalo (53-56) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Rick VandenHurk (9-3 3.55)

Yesterday’s Result: Buffalo 3 Indianapolis 2 (game recap)

Rick VandenHurk will make his 13th start for Indianapolis tonight. He had also made two relief appearances for Indy and one early season start for Bradenton. With Indy, Rick has pitched 78.2 innings, giving up 78 hits, six homers, 27 walks and he has 68 strikeouts, with a 1.17 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, he went six innings, giving up four runs(three earned) on eight hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. He has lost three of his last four outings.

Double-A: Altoona (54-53) @ Trenton (64-44) 7:05pm 7/31
Probable starter: Gerrit Cole (2-4 4.85)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 3 New Hampshire 2 in ten innings (game recap)

Altoona has off today. They currently sit in third place in their division, 10.5 games behind first place Akron. The Curve start a six game road trip on Tuesday, that begins against Trenton, the first place team in the other division of the Eastern League. Altoona has a 21-31 road record, but they are 8-2 in their last ten games.

High-A: Bradenton (48-58 overall 19-17 2nd half) @ Lakeland (54-47 overall 18-18 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (5-7 4.37)

Yesterday’s Result: Daytona 12 Bradenton 7

Jameson Taillon will make his 20th start of the year tonight. He has pitched 103 innings, allowing 94 hits, seven homers, 31 walks and he has 84 strikeouts, with a 1.07 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Jameson went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, with eight strikeouts. Since posting a 1.46 ERA in the month of April, he has followed that with 4.94 in May, 5.86 in June and 5.04 in July.

Low-A: West Virginia (42-64 overall 19-17 2nd half) vs Hagerstown (63-43 overall 21-16 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter:  Zack Dodson (5-6 5.06)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 4 Lakewood 1 (game recap)

Zack Dodson will make his 21st start of the year tonight. He has pitched a total of 94 innings, giving up 107 hits, 11 homers, 38 walks and he has 63 strikeouts, with an 0.94 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Zack threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits and four walks. He had pitched much better at home this year, although he has also pitched much less at home as well. In seven home starts, he is 2-1 3.16 in 37 innings. On the road, he has a 6.32 ERA. Since the SAL All-Star break, Dodson has gone 4-1 3.44 in seven starts

Short Season A: State College (23-18) @ Lowell (15-26) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Luis Heredia (2-1 1.85)

Yesterday’s Result: Lowell 1 State College 0 (game one) Lowell 2 State College 0 (game two)

Luis Heredia will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 34 innings, surrendering 28 hits, two homers, seven walks and he has 19 strikeouts. Luis also has a superb 2.08 GO/AO ratio, to go along with his .231 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, giving up one run on two hits(one homer). Heredia has given up one run or less in  six of his seven appearances.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (22-15) VS GCL Phillies (17-18) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off

DSL: Pirates1 (28-20) VS Marlins (13-34) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off

DSL: Pirates2 (21-26) VS Giants (27-21) 10:30am

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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