Minor League Schedule: 9/6/12

Indianapolis lost game one of their best-of-five playoff series against Charlotte last night. For game two, they will give the ball to top prospect Gerrit Cole, looking to even up the series. State College finished their schedule last night, the last team to finish their regular season. The DSL Pirates lost yesterday in game four of their best-of-five series. The deciding game will be played this morning. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Gerrit Cole looks to even up the playoff series in Indy tonight

Triple-A: Indianapolis (87-55) vs Charlotte (83-61) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Gerrit Cole (1-0 4.50)

Yesterday’s Result:  Charlotte 8 Indianapolis 1

Gerrit Cole will start for Indy tonight. He has pitched one game at AAA this year, picking up the win against Toledo five days ago. He threw six innings, allowing three first inning runs, before shutting the Mud Hens down for the next five innings. Cole struck out seven batters. Between his three stops this season(Bradenton/Altoona/Indy), Gerrit threw a total of 132 innings over 26 starts, allowing 113 hits, seven homers and 45 walks, while striking out 136 batters, with a 1.42 GO/AO ratio and a .230 BAA. His strikeout total was just two behind Pirates minor league leader, Justin Wilson.

Charles Shirek (11-5 3.65) will get the start for Charlotte tonight. He threw 170.1 innings this season in 26 starts and two relief outings. Charles had a .260 BAA, a 1.58 GO/AO ratio and 117 strikeouts, while walking just 29 batters. He faced Indy on 6/15, allowing only one run on four hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out seven batters that game. The Indy lineup that day contained just four players that are still with the team, among them being Starling Marte, who is there on rehab now.

Double-A: Altoona (72-70) Season is complete

Altoona’s season is complete. They finished in third place, 10.5 games behind Akron. The Curve were able to go over the .500 mark by ending their season with a six game winning streak. Brock Holt led the team with his .322 average on the season. Adalberto Santos hit .340, but he played just 68 games. Quincy Latimore led the team with 15 homers, while Matt Curry led with 76 RBI’s.

High-A: Bradenton (60-77 overall 31-36 2nd half) Season is complete

Bradenton’s season is over. They finished the second half in fifth place, 7.5 games out of first place. The Marauders finished the first half 21 games out of first, in last place. Overall, they finished 24 games behind first place St Lucie, with the second worst record in the 12 team Florida State League. Alex Dickerson led Bradenton in all three triple crown categories, batting .295 with 13 homers and 90 RBI’s.

Low-A: West Virginia (61-79 overall 38-32 2nd half)  Season is complete

West Virginia’s season is over. They finished the second half tied for second place with Hickory, three games behind Hagerstown. They ended the first half in last place, 23 games back. Overall they finished in sixth place, 22.5 games behind Hagerstown. Gregory Polanco led the team with a .325 average, 85 RBI’s and 40 stolen bases. His 16 homers were tied for second along with Jose Osuna and Alen Hanson, two behind Willy Garcia.

Short Season A: State College (35-41) Season is complete

Yesterday’s Result:  State College 5 Mahoning Valley 0 (game story)

State College’s season is over. They finished the season in third place in their division, 11 games out of first. Tyler Gaffney led the team with a .297 average. Barrett Barnes and Jesus Vasquez led the team with five homers apiece. Combined they hit more homers than the rest of the team, with the rest of the team combining for nine. Jacob Stallings led the team with 30 RBI’s. Clay Holmes’ 2.28 ERA was tops on the team among the nine pitchers that threw at least 30 innings. Adrian Sampson led with 44 strikeouts.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (36-24) Season is complete

DSL: Pirates1 (44-26) vs Angels (40-24) 10:00am

Yesterday’s Result: Angels 5 Pirates 0

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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