Minor League Schedule: 8/24/12

Luis Heredia gets the start at home for State College tonight. Bradenton is 2.5 games back in their division, with 10 games left. They begin a three game series tonight against first place Jupiter. West Virginia is 2.5 games out in their division, with 10 games left on the season. Indianapolis won their division last night.  The GCL Pirates and both DSL affiliates have two games left in their regular season. The entire Friday schedule in the DSL has been canceled due to the impending tropical storm in the area. The GCL Pirates are tied for first place in their division, while the DSL Pirates1 have already clinched a playoff spot and they are slated to begin the playoffs against the Mets on Monday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Heredia signed with the Pirates exactly two years ago today

Triple-A: Indianapolis (80-53) vs Louisville (50-84) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (9-5 2.68)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6  Louisville 1 (game story)

Jeff Locke will make his 23rd start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 131 innings, giving up 119 hits,  nine homers, 39 walks and he has 118 strikeouts. In his last start, he allowed two runs in six innings. Prior to that game, he pitched twice for the Pirates, throwing 4.1 scoreless innings. In his last ten starts, he is 4-2 1.97 with 59.1 innings pitched. He faced Louisville on July 4th, pitching seven innings of one hit ball, striking out six batters.

Double-A: Altoona (63-67) vs Richmond (66-65 ) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (11-10 4.12)

Yesterday’s Result:  Altoona 2 Richmond 1

Brandon Cumpton will make his 25th start of the year tonight. He has pitched 133.1 innings, giving up 131 hits, eight homers and 41 walks. Brandon has 79 strikeouts, a 2.05 GO/AO ratio and a .261 BAA. He has hit a rough patch recently, giving up six runs in three of his last four starts. His August ERA is 9.72 in 16.2 innings.

High-A: Bradenton (58-70 overall 29-29 2nd half) @ Jupiter (67-60 overall 31-26 2nd half) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Kenn Kasparek (0-4 5.72)

Yesterday’s Result: Ft Myers 7 Bradenton 3

Kenn Kasparek will make the start for Bradenton tonight. It will be his fifth start in a row, after opening up with 16 straight relief outings. As a starter, he is 0-1 7.71, with a .368 BAA in 18.2 innings. In his last start, which was also against Jupiter, Kenn allowed six runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings. He pitched well during the month of July, giving up just two runs over 17 innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (56-73 overall 33-26 2nd half) vs Hickory (69-60 overall 33-27 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (6-7 4.62)

Yesterday’s Result:   Hickory 4 West Virginia 3

Nick Kingham will make his 26th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 115 innings, allowing 106 hits, 15 homers, 35 walks and he has 102 strikeouts, with a 1.13 GO/AO ratio. Nick has made seven straight starts in which he has allowed four or less hits and two or less runs, though two of the starts he pitched less than five innings. Seven of his last ten starts have come on the road. He is 3-0 2.21 in four August starts.

Short Season A: State College (30-33) vs Jamestown (27-35) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Luis Heredia (3-1 2.96)

Yesterday’s Result:  Auburn 6 State College 3

Luis Heredia will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 51.2 innings, giving up 44 hits, two homers and 16 walks. He has recorded 29 strikeouts, to go along with his 1.62 GO/AO ratio and a .234 BAA. In his last start, Luis gave up a season high four runs on six hits in 3.1 innings pitched, his shortest outing of the season. He has an identical 2.96 ERA at home and on the road.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (36-22) vs GCL Yankees (33-25) 10:00am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 2 Phillies 0 (completion of suspended game) Pirates 4 Phillies 2 in 7 innings (game two/story)

DSL: Pirates1 (44-26) vs Rangers (42-28) 10:30am 8/25

Yesterday’s Result:   Pirates 9 Marlins 2

DSL: Pirates2 (34-34) vs Cubs2 (33-36) 10:30am 8/25

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 2 Phillies 0 in 7 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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