Minor League Schedule: 7/31/12

Altoona had off yesterday. They resume their schedule tonight in Trenton with top prospect Gerrit Cole on the mound. State College is off today. Indianapolis is in first place in their division with a nine game lead over second place Columbus. They have 33 games left in their season. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Cole looks to get on track after three straight losses

Triple-A: Indianapolis (68-43) vs Buffalo (53-57) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Chris Leroux (1-0 2.70)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6 Buffalo 2 (game recap)

Chris Leroux will make his second start for Indianapolis tonight. He made one rehab start while with Bradenton and he has pitched 14 times in relief for Indy. In his only start for Indy on 7/26, he threw five shutout innings, giving up three hits and one walk. Chris has pitched a total of 29.2 innings this year, allowing 24 hits, two homers, eight walks and he has 21 strikeouts, with a 2.20 GO/AO ratio and a .222 BAA.

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

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was off

Gerrit Cole will make his seventh start for Altoona tonight. He also made 13 starts with Bradenton before being promoted. With Bradenton he was 5-1 2.55 with 69 strikeouts in 67 innings. With Altoona, he has pitched 26 innings, allowing 31 hits, two homers, seven walks and he has 26 strikeouts. In his last start, Cole allowed five runs(three earned) over five innings of work. Four of his six AA starts have come on the road.

High-A: Bradenton (48-59 overall 19-18 2nd half) @ Lakeland (55-47 overall 19-18 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (2-5 5.31)

Yesterday’s Result: Lakeland 1 Bradenton 0 in 10 innings

Casey Sadler will get his 11th start of the year tonight. He has also made 15 relief appearances. On the year, he has pitched a total of 92.1 innings, surrendering 91 hits, just one homer, while walking 19 and striking out 74 batters. Casey has a 1.34 GO/AO ratio and a .260 BAA. His last start was his worst so far, giving up ten hits and seven runs over six innings of work. As a starter, he is 2-3 3.69, with 39 strikeouts in 53.2 innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (43-64 overall 20-17 2nd half) vs Hagerstown (63-44 overall 21-17 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (5-3 3.46)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 14 Hagerstown 2

Robby Rowland will make his 13th start of the season tonight. He also pitched once in relief. On the year, Robby has pitched 65 innings, giving up 70 hits, four homers, 18 walks, with 31 strikeouts and a 1.87 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Rowland gave up three runs on six hits and two walks over five innings of work. He has yet to give up more than four earned runs in an outing this year, while also never striking out more than four batters in a game.

Short Season A: State College (23-18) vs Hudson Valley (27-15) 7:05pm 8/1
Probable Starter: Clay Holmes (4-1 0.80)

Yesterday’s Result: Lowell 2 State College 1

State College has off today. The Spikes return home tomorrow night for six games, where they have a 13-5 record. They currently sit in a second place tie in their division, 2.5 games behind first place Auburn. State College is 6-4 in their last ten games.This is their last scheduled day off until the NYPL All-Star break in two weeks.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (22-16) VS GCL Phillies (18-18) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Phillies 5 Pirates 3

DSL: Pirates1 (29-20) VS Marlins (13-35) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5 Marlins 2

DSL: Pirates2 (22-26) VS Giants (27-22) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 3 Giants 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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