Minor League Schedule: 8/17/12

***UPDATE: Tyler Waldron(Altoona) and Zac Fuesser(WV) will get the start tonight for their respective teams*** With the promotion of Phil Irwin to Indianapolis, Altoona has yet to name a starter for tonight. Kyle Kaminski was also removed from the Curve roster, though he was sent to Bradenton, where he is currently listed as the starter for tonight. West Virginia also has an empty starting slot for tonight’s game. The GCL Pirates start a two game series against the GCL Tigers today, the first place team that they trail by 2.5 games with eight games left in the season. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Leroux has 14 shutout innings over his last two starts

Triple-A: Indianapolis (74-52) @ Rochester (65-61) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Chris Leroux (2-0 1.93)

Yesterday’s Result: Rochester 2 Indianapolis 1 (game story)

Chris Leroux will make his fifth start for Indy and sixth overall start on the season. He has also made 14 relief appearances. For Indy, he had pitched a total of 46.2 innings, allowing 31 hits, three homers, nine walks and he has 35 strikeouts, to go along with a 1.94 GO/AO ratio. As a starter he is 2-0 0.72 in 25 innings, twice throwing seven shutout innings(his last two starts).

Double-A: Altoona (59-64) @ New Hampshire (50-74) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (1-1 10.29)

Yesterday’s Result: Portland 2 Altoona 1

Tyler Waldron will get the start tonight, just three days after he got knocked out of the game in the second inning, allowing five runs. The Curve are in danger of being eliminated from the division title this weekend, but they are still within range of a playoff shot if they can finish in second place. Altoona trails second place Bowie by 6.5 games with 19 games left in the season. The two teams do not play each other again. The Curve went 3-1 in the only series this season they played against New Hampshire.

High-A: Bradenton (56-66 overall 27-25 2nd half) vs Jupiter (48-68 overall 19-30 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Kyle Kaminski (NR)

Yesterday’s Result:   Bradenton 5 Charlotte 4

Kyle Kaminska is scheduled to make his first start of the season and first appearance for Bradenton. Since coming over in the Gaby Sanchez deal, Kaminski has made three appearances for Altoona, giving up three runs on seven hits in six innings, with no walks and seven strikeouts. He has pitched a total of 59.2 innings this season, allowing just nine walks. For more information of his career prior to joining the Pirates, check out the link to his player page, highlighted above under his name.

Low-A: West Virginia (52-71 overall 29-24 2nd half) @ Kannapolis (22-30 overall 55-67 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zac Fuesser (3-6 3.83)

Yesterday’s Result: Kannapolis 4 West Virginia 3 in 13 innings

Zac Fuesser will get the start tonight for WV. He has made seven starts this season, but none since May. With a loss last night, West Virginia fell back to second place in their division, a half game behind Hagerstown. The Power have 17 games left in their season, 11 are at home, none are against Hagerstown. They have four games against third place Hickory left on their schedule. They trail WV by just one game in the standing.

Short Season A: State College (29-26) vs Auburn (32-23) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Adrian Sampson (0-0 2.83)

Yesterday’s Result:   State College 9 Jamestown 3

Adrian Sampson will make his seventh start of the year tonight. He has also pitched twice in relief. The right-hander has pitched a total of  28.2 innings, allowing  27 hits, two homers, nine walks and he has 32 strikeouts, with a 1.08 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Sampson went three innings, allowing two runs(one earned) on five hits and he recorded a season high six strikeouts. In his two previous starts, he went a combined ten innings, with no earned runs allowed, giving up just four hits.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (31-21) vs GCL Tigers (33-18) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 12 Blue Jays 11

DSL: Pirates1 (39-25) vs Yankees2 (16-48) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result:   Mets 4 Pirates 3

DSL: Pirates2 (29-32) vs Nationals (36-27) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 8 Giants 7 in 11 innings

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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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