Minor League Schedule: 8/11/12

Minor League Schedule: 8/11/12
John Dreker

Luis Heredia will get the start tonight for State College. He ranks eighth in the NY-Penn League in ERA and his 1.04 WHIP ranks tenth in the league. Indianapolis has an eight game lead in their division with 23 games left in the season. They play the second place team(Columbus) today, the first of five more meetings between the two clubs. Bradenton has a half game lead in their division with 21 games left in the season. West Virginia is tied for first place with Hickory. The two teams have 22 games left each, with four games against each other. The GCL Pirates are four games back with 13 games left in their season. In the DSL, the Pirates1 are two games back with 13 to go, while the Pirates2 are one game away from being eliminated from the playoffs. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Heredia is coming off of his second three run outing of the year

Triple-A: Indianapolis (72-49) @ Columbus (64-57) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Chris Leroux (1-0 2.27)

Yesterday’s Result: Columbus 5 Indianapolis  1  (game story)

Chris Leroux will make his fifth start of the year tonight, fourth with Indianapolis. He also made one start while with Bradenton on rehab and he has pitched 14 times in relief. As a starter with Indy, Chris has allowed just two runs over 18 innings. In his last start, he gave up just one hit over seven innings, with no walks and five strikeouts. Nancy Zinni recently posted an article here about his move to the rotation.

Double-A: Altoona (56-61) vs Trenton (70-48) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Phil Irwin (3-7 2.93)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 6 Trenton 1

Phil Irwin will make his 16th start for Altoona tonight. He made one rehab start for Bradenton and has pitched twice in relief for the Curve. His last outing was in relief of Juan Cruz, who was there on rehab. Irwin went five innings, giving up one run on two hits and two walks. In his last eight outings combined, Phil has allowed six earned runs in 52 innings. Over that span, he has allowed 35 hits, six walks and has struck out 45 batters.

High-A: Bradenton (53-64 overall 24-23 2nd half) @ Palm Beach (54-62 overall 24-25 2nd half) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Jhonathan Ramos (5-1 3.98)

Yesterday’s Result:  Bradenton 4 Palm Beach 0

Jhonathan Ramos will make his first start of the year for Bradenton. He has pitched in relief 32 times this year, 19 with Bradenton and 13 with Altoona. On the season, he has pitched a total of 61.1 innings, allowing 55 hits, seven homers, 23 walks and he has 37 strikeouts, to go along with a 1.04 GO/AO ratio and a .239 BAA. For Bradenton, Ramos has a 7.80 road ERA and a 1.75 home ERA. He made six starts last year for Bradenton.

Low-A: West Virginia (49-69 overall 26-22 2nd half) @ Lexington (66-51 overall 27-21 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (7-3 3.36)

Yesterday’s Result: Lexington 4 West Virginia 2

Robby Rowland will make his 15th start of the year tonight. He has also pitched once in relief. On the year, Rowland has thrown a total of 77.2 innings, allowing 82 hits, seven homers, 19 walks and he has 39 strikeouts, with a 1.75 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, he gave up two runs over six innings, with both runs coming off solo homers. It was the fifth straight game that he allowed a home run after giving up just one in his first 44.1 innings. Robby threw two-hit ball over six innings during his last start against Lexington on 6/22.

Short Season A: State College (27-25) @ Jamestown (21-29) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Luis Heredia (2-1 2.28)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 4 Auburn 2 (game story)

Luis Heredia will make his tenth start of the year tonight. He has pitched 43.1 innings this year, giving up 35 hits, two homers, ten walks and he has 25 strikeouts, to go along with a 1.61 GO/AO ratio and a .224 BAA. In his last start, Luis allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in five innings. It was just the second time this year he has given up more than one earned run in a game. He is 0-1 2.79 in his four road starts this season.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (26-21) vs GCL Phillies (23-24) 10:00am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 3 Phillies 2 in 7 innings

DSL: Pirates1 (35-23) vs Marlins (17-41) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Marlins 4 Pirates 2

DSL: Pirates2 (25-31) vs Mets1 (29-28) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 7 Mets 4

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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