Minor League Schedule: 8/5/12

Two of the Pirates top prospects will get the start today. For Altoona, Gerrit Cole will take the mound, coming off his best start since being promoted to AA. He threw six shutout innings on Tuesday night against Trenton. In State College, Luis Heredia will get his ninth start of the year. He has an 0.95 ERA at home this year. Both DSL teams and the GCL Pirates are all off today. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Cole has recorded 101 strikeouts this year

Triple-A: Indianapolis (70-45) @ Scranton-WB (62-51) 6:05pm
Probable starter:  Rick VandenHurk (10-3 3.40)

Yesterday’s Result: Scranton 9 Indianapolis 8 in 10 innings (game story)

Rick VandenHurk will get his 14th start of the year for Indy tonight. He has pitched a total of 84.2 innings, giving up 85 hits, six homers, 28 walks and he has 75 strikeouts. In his last start, Rick allowed one run on seven hits in seven innings. In his last three starts, he has recorded 22 strikeouts in 19 innings. VandenHurk has also made two relief appearances this year for Indy and one early season rehab start for Bradenton.

Double-A: Altoona (54-58) @ New Britain (61-52) 1:35pm
Probable starter:  Gerrit Cole (2-4 3.94)

Yesterday’s Result: New Britain 8 Altoona 6

Gerrit Cole will get his eighth start for Altoona, and 21st start overall on the season. With Bradenton, he went 5-1 2.55 with 67 strikeouts in 69 innings. For Altoona, he has pitched a total of 32 innings, allowing 34 hits, two homers, eight walks and he has 32 strikeouts. On the year he has a 1.44 GO/AO ratio and a .235 BAA. In his last start, Cole threw six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk, while striking out six.

High-A: Bradenton (50-62 overall 21-21 2nd half) vs Palm Beach (53-58 overall 22-22 2nd half) 5:00pm
Probable starter:  Casey Sadler (3-5 3.44)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 2 Palm Beach 0

Casey Sadler will make his 12th start of year tonight. He has also pitched 15 times in relief. On the year, he has pitched a total of 99.1 innings, surrendering 96 hits, just one homer, 21 walks and he has 76 strikeouts, with a 1.39 GO/AO ratio. As a starter, he is 3-3 3.56, with 41 strikeouts in 60.2 innings. In his last game, Casey allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in seven innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (47-66 overall 24-19 2nd half) vs Lakewood (48-64 overall 22-21 2nd half) 2:05pm
Probable starter:  Robby Rowland (6-3 3.39)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 9 Lakewood 1

Robby Rowland will make his 14th start of the season today. He has also pitched once in relief, throwing a total of 71.2 innings, giving up 77 hits, five homers, nine walks and he has 35 strikeouts, with a 1.87 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Robby threw 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. At home this year, he is 4-1 2.78 in six starts. Since the SAL All-Star break, Rowland is 4-2 3.55 in eight starts.

Short Season A: State College (25-21) vs Aberdeen (17-28) 6:05pm
Probable Starter:   Luis Heredia (2-1 1.88)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 3 Aberdeen 2

Luis Heredia will get his ninth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 38.1 innings, giving up 31 hits, two homers, nine walks and he has recorded 22 strikeouts, with a 1.90 GO/AO ratio and a .226 BAA. In his last start, he went 4.1 innings, giving up one run on three hits and two walks. In seven of his eight starts he has allowed one run or less. Luis is eighth in the NYPL in ERA and his 1.04 WHIP ranks 11th.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (23-19) vs GCL Tigers (27-14) 12:00pm 8/6

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5 Blue Jays 1

DSL: Pirates1 (33-20) vs Yankees2 (14-39) 10:30am 8/6

Yesterday’s Result: Mets 6 Pirates 5

DSL: Pirates2 (23-29) vs Phillies (24-28) 10:30am 8/6

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates  vs DBacks/Reds was suspended

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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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