Minor League Schedule: 8/14/12

Indianapolis, Altoona and Bradenton all had off yesterday. All three teams resume their schedule tonight. State College is now on their All-Star break.  They resume play at home on Wednesday night. The GCL Pirates had their game suspended in the 9th inning yesterday. The game will be completed today prior to the start of the regularly scheduled game. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Kingham has pitched much better over the last month

Triple-A: Indianapolis (74-49) @ Rochester (62-60) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (0-0 1.50)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis was off

Kyle McPherson will make his second start for Indianapolis tonight. In his first game, he went six innings, giving up one run on three hits, with no walks and six strikeouts. Before joining Indy, McPherson made nine starts for Altoona. He went 3-5 4.07 there, pitching a total of 48.2 innings, with 54 hits allowed, five walks and five homers, to go along with 46 strikeouts. He has a low 0.62 GO/AO ratio this year.

Double-A: Altoona (58-61) @ Portland (55-65) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (1-0 4.76)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was off

Tyler Waldron will make his second start for Altoona tonight. In his first start, he went 5.2 innings for the win, allowing three runs on three solo homers. He played the rest of the year at Bradenton, making 20 starts and two relief appearances. In that time, Waldron went 7-8 5.09 in 115 innings, giving up 143 hits, 11 homers, 29 walks and he recorded 73 strikeouts, with a 1.31 GO/AO ratio. He has pitched the fourth most innings in the Pirates farm system this year, although he has also allowed 27 hits more than anyone else.

High-A: Bradenton (54-65 overall 25-24 2nd half) vs Charlotte (48-67 overall 19-29 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Kenn Kasparek (0-4 4.75)

Yesterday’s Result:  Bradenton was off

Kenn Kasparek will make his third start of the year tonight. He has also made 16 relief appearances. In his first start on 8/3, he gave up five runs on six hits and four walks in four innings. During his second start, six days ago, he gave up just one run over six innings. That second start came against today’s opponent, Charlotte. Kasparek has a 7.30 ERA at home and 1.06 on the road.

Low-A: West Virginia (51-69 overall 28-22 2nd half) vs Greensboro (71-49 overall 25-25 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (5-7 4.74)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 9 Greensboro 6

Nick Kingham will make his 24th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 106.1 innings, allowing 103 hits, 15 homers, 32 walks and he has 98 strikeouts, to go along with a 1.11 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Kingham gave up two runs on three hits, two walks and a homer, in 5.2 innings. In his four previous outings combined, he had allowed just one run over 22 innings of work. At home this year, Kingham is 1-3 3.32 in eight starts, with 40 strikeouts in 40.2 innings. Just two of his last nine starts have come at home.

Short Season A: State College (28-26) vs Jamestown (22-30) 7:05pm 8/15
Probable Starter: All-Star Break

Yesterday’s Result: State College was off

State College is on their All-Star break. The AS game will be played tonight and Jacob Stallings, Tyler Gaffney and DJ Crumlich will represent the Spikes in the game. Barrett Barnes was also picked for the team but he is unable to play due to injury.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (27-21) vs GCL Yankees (29-19) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were suspended in the ninth inning, down 7-6

DSL: Pirates1 (36-23) vs Rangers (37-23) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 10 Rangers 3

DSL: Pirates2 (26-32) vs Yankees1 (42-17) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Yankees 2 Pirates 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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