Minor League Schedule: 8/22/12

Top prospect Gerrit Cole gets the start for Altoona today. His 24th start this season. Bradenton is 2 games back in their division, with 12 games left. West Virginia is a 1.5 games out in their division, with 12 games left on the season. Indianapolis has a ten game lead in their division with 13 games left to their schedule.  The GCL Pirates and both DSL affiliates have four games left in their regular season. The GCL Pirates are one game out of first place in their division, while the DSL Pirates1 also trail in their division by one game. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Cole’s 121 strikeouts ranks second in the entire Pirates minor league system

Triple-A: Indianapolis (76-53) vs Louisville (50-82) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Chris Leroux (3-0 2.26)

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

Chris Leroux will make his sixth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched 14 times in relief. Chris has pitched a total of 51.2 innings, giving up 39 hits, four homers, 11 walks and he has 40 strikeouts, with a 1.79 GO/AO ratio and a .211 BAA. In his last start, he gave up three runs on eight hits in five innings. Prior to that, he allowed just two runs over his first four starts, a total of 25 innings pitched.

Double-A: Altoona (61-67) @ Trenton (72-56) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Gerrit Cole (3-5 3.19)

Yesterday’s Result:  Altoona 5 Trenton 0 (game story)

Gerrit Cole will make his 11th start with Altoona tonight. He also made 13 starts with Bradenton this year, going 5-1 2.55 in 67 innings, with 69 strikeouts and a .217 BAA. For Altoona, he has thrown 48 innings, giving up 43 hits, two homers, 13 walks and he has 52 strikeouts, with a 1.25 GO/AO ratio and a .234 BAA. He has faced Trenton twice this year, giving up six hits and no runs over 11.1 innings.

High-A: Bradenton (57-69 overall 28-28 2nd half) @ Ft Myers (54-69 overall 26-30 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kyle Kaminska (1-0 0.00)

Yesterday’s Result: Ft Myers 3 Bradenton 2

Kyle Kaminska will make his second start for Bradenton tonight. In his debut five days ago, Kyle pitched six no-hit innings, allowing just one walk, while striking out five. Prior to that start, he pitched three times for Altoona in relief, giving up three runs in six innings, with seven strikeouts. Before joining the Pirates organization in the Gaby Sanchez trade, Kyle pitched 33 games this season, all in relief.

Low-A: West Virginia (55-72 overall 32-25 2nd half) vs Charleston (62-61 overall 23-33 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zac Fuesser (3-6 4.02)

Yesterday’s Result:   Charleston 5 West Virginia 4

Zac Fuesser will get his ninth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched twenty games in relief. On the year, he has thrown a total of 100.2 innings, allowing 100 hits, eight homers, 41 walks and he has 85 strikeouts, with a 1.33 GO/AO ratio. As a starter, Zac is 0-1 5.71, with a .299 BAA in 34.2 innings. He has nearly identical game/inning totals on the road and at home, making four starts and ten relief appearances in both instances, with 50.2 home innings pitched and 50 road innings. His records though are vastly different. At home he is 1-5 5.68, on the road, 2-1 2.34.

Short Season A: State College (29-32) @ Auburn (37-24) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Clario Perez (0-3 5.06)

Yesterday’s Result: Auburn 3 State College 1

Clario Perez will make his fourth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched three times in relief for State College and 16 times for West Virginia. He last started on 8/6, going five innings, with eight hits and three runs allowed. Clario threw four innings against today’s opponent(Auburn) five days ago, allowing just one hit, two walks and no runs.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (34-22) vs GCL Phillies (27-27) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Braves 6 Pirates 2 in 7 innings

DSL: Pirates1 (42-26) vs Marlins (22-46) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result:   Pirates 4 Red Sox 1

DSL: Pirates2 (32-34) vs Phillies (32-34) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 1 DBacks/Reds 0 in 7 innings(game one) Pirates 1 DBacks/Reds 0(completion of suspended game from 8/4)

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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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