Minor League Schedule: 8/18/12

Luis Heredia will get the start for State College tonight. He ranks 11th in the NY-Penn League in both WHIP(1.08) and ERA(2.42). Another top pitching prospect got promoted yesterday. Jameson Taillon will make his first AA start on Tuesday night. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Heredia will make his sixth home start tonight

Triple-A: Indianapolis (74-52) @ Syracuse (62-66) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Phil Irwin (AAA debut)

Yesterday’s Result:  Indianapolis 4 Rochester 3 (game story)

Phil Irwin will make his AAA debut tonight. For Altoona, he went 4-7 2.93 in 16 starts and two relief appearances. He pitched a total of  104.1 innings, allowing 97 hits, seven homers, 17 walks and he struck out 83 batters, to go along with a 1.64 GO/AO ratio. Irwin had a 1.03 ERA in five July starts and was 1-0 1.69 in three August games, two as a starter.

Double-A: Altoona (59-65) @ New Hampshire (51-74) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (11-9 3.86)

Yesterday’s Result: New Hampshire 3 Altoona 2

Brandon Cumpton will make his 24th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 128.1 innings, giving up 120 hits, seven homers and 39 walks. He has recorded 76 strikeouts, while holding batters to a .252 BAA and he has a 2.06 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Cumpton went 5.2 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, with no walks and five strikeouts. He allowed six runs in each of his previous two starts, pitching a total of six innings between the two games.

High-A: Bradenton (57-66 overall 28-25 2nd half) vs Jupiter (48-69 overall 19-31 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (5-6 3.19)

Yesterday’s Result:   Bradenton 4 Jupiter 1

Eliecer Navarro will make his 11th start of the year tonight. He has also pitched 18 games in relief. On the year, he has pitched a total of 98.2 innings, allowing 92 hits, nine homers, 19 walks and he has 77 strikeouts. As a starter, Navarro is 3-5 3.74 with a .259 BAA in 53 innings. His last start was a complete game(7 innings) shutout. He gave up just three hits and a walk. His 1.13 WHIP ranks first on Bradenton and third in the FSL.

Low-A: West Virginia (52-72 overall 29-25 2nd half) @ Kannapolis (23-30 overall 56-67 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Von Rosenberg (3-5 5.40)

Yesterday’s Result: Kannapolis 7 West Virginia 6 in 11 innings

Zack Von Rosenberg will make his 14th start of the year tonight. He has pitched a total of 61.2 innings, allowing 69 hits, nine homers, 20 walks and he has 47 strikeouts, with a 0.86 GO/AO ratio. In his last three starts combined, he has allowed 18 runs in 11 innings. Since giving up two hits over 6.1 innings on 7/23, he has allowed 25 hits over 17 innings. Von Rosenberg is 2-4 4.33 in seven road starts

Short Season A: State College (29-27) vs Auburn (33-23) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Luis Heredia (3-1 2.42)

Yesterday’s Result: Auburn 1  State College 0

Luis Heredia will get his 11th start of the year tonight. He has pitched a total of 48.1 innings, giving up 38 hits, two homers, 14 walks and he has 27 strikeouts. Heredia has a 1.62 GO/AO ratio and a .221 BAA. In his last start, he went five innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a season high four walks. It was the second start in a row that he allowed multiple earned runs after giving up more than one run in just one of his first eight starts. In five home starts, he is 2-0 1.88, with a .165 BAA in 24 innings.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (32-21) vs GCL Tigers (33-19) 10:00am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 7 Tigers 1

DSL: Pirates1 (40-25) vs Yankees2 (16-49) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result:   Pirates 12 Yankees 3

DSL: Pirates2 (29-33) vs Nationals (37-27) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Nationals 4 Pirates 3 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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