Minor League Schedule: 8/25/12

Clay Holmes gets the start for State College tonight. In his last start, he gave up a career high five runs. West Virginia is three games out in their division, with nine games left on the season. Indianapolis won their division. The DSL season is over, with the last two games canceled due to weather. The GCL Pirates are tied for first place in their division with one game left and they have clinched a playoff spot. The DSL Pirates1 clinched a playoff spot Thursday and they are slated to begin the playoffs against the Mets on Monday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Clay Holmes ranks seventh in ERA among all NYPL starters

Triple-A: Indianapolis (81-53) vs Columbus (68-66) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (0-1 1.59)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 4  Louisville 2 (game story)

Kyle McPherson will make his third start for Indianapolis. His last appearance on the season came with the Pirates on Monday night when he threw two scoreless innings. In his first start for Indy on 8/8, Kyle threw six innings, giving up one run on three hits, with no walks and six strikeouts. In his other start on 8/14, he went 5.1 innings, allowing two runs(one earned) on six hits and two walks, with six strikeouts. With Altoona this year, McPherson went 3-5 4.09 in nine starts, striking out 46 batters while walking just five, in 48.2 innings.

Double-A: Altoona (63-68) vs Richmond (67-65 ) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kris Johnson (1-2 2.66)

Yesterday’s Result:  Richmond  2 Altoona 1

Kris Johnson will make his eighth start for Altoona tonight. He has also made four starts for Indianapolis, as well as 22 relief appearances split between his two stops. His last start came with Indy five days ago, a 5.1 innings outing in which he gave up just two hits and no runs or walks. Between his two stops, he has pitched a total of 89.2 innings, allowing 82 hits, ten homers, 38 walks and he has recorded 66 strikeouts. Kris has a 1.47 GO/AO ratio and a .240 BAA.

High-A: Bradenton (58-71 overall 29-30 2nd half) @ Jupiter (68-60 overall 32-26 2nd half) 6:35pm
Probable starter: TBD

Yesterday’s Result: Jupiter 6 Bradenton 2

No starter has been announced for Bradenton yet. They have dropped back to third place in the division with their loss last night. Bradenton is 3.5 games back in their division, with 9 games left. They began a three game series last night against first place Jupiter. It is the last time the two teams meet this year. The Marauders also have three games left vs Ft Myers, then a four game series against second place St Lucie, with two at home and two on the road.

Low-A: West Virginia (56-74 overall 33-27 2nd half) vs Hickory (70-60 overall 34-27 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Mike Jefferson (5-7 4.97)

Yesterday’s Result:   Hickory 6 West Virginia 0

Mike Jefferson will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has also made 17 relief appearances. As a starter, Mike has a 4-3 4.99 record, throwing 48.2 innings, allowing 49 hits, five homers, 12 walks and he has 33 strikeouts. In his last start, he allowed just one run on three hits in six innings, with no walks and four strikeouts. Jefferson has a 6.14 ERA at home this year and a 3.78 ERA on the road.

Short Season A: State College (30-34) vs Jamestown (28-35) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Clay Holmes (4-3 2.19)

Yesterday’s Result:  Jamestown 1 State College 0

Clay Holmes will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 49.1 innings, allowing just 27 hits, one homer, 28 walks and he has 32 strikeouts. Clay has a 1.37 GO/AO ratio and a .164 BAA. In five of his starts, he has allowed identical lines of just one hit over five innings, with no earned runs. Holmes has a 5.17 ERA in his four August starts, issuing 15 walks in 15.2 innings. He faced Jamestown on 8/12, lasting only 1.1 innings, giving up three runs on five walks and two hits.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (36-23) vs GCL Yankees (34-25) 10:00am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 3 Yankees 2

DSL: Pirates1 (44-26) vs Mets (44-26) 10:30am 8/27

Yesterday’s Result:   Pirates were rained out

DSL: Pirates2 (34-34) Season is complete


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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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