Minor League Schedule: 9/8/12

Indianapolis won game three of their playoff series against Charlotte last night, putting them down 2-1 in the best-of-five series. The two teams will meet up again tonight in Charlotte for game four, followed by game five on Sunday afternoon if necessary. The DSL Pirates won their championship Thursday, giving the Pirates another minor league title this year, to go along with the GCL crown. A recap of yesterday’s game can be found here.

Newcomer Hector Luna is hitting .538 in the series

Triple-A: Indianapolis (87-55) @ Charlotte (83-61) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Kris Johnson (5-2 4.53)

Yesterday’s Result:  Indianapolis 8 Charlotte 0 (game story)

Kris Johnson will get the start for Indianapolis tonight, trying to keep the season alive for the Indians. He has made 13 starts on the year, nine for Altoona and four with Indy. Kris has also pitched 22 times in relief between both teams. For Indy, he has thrown a total of 45.2 innings, allowing 42 hits, seven homers, 18 walks and he has struck out 33 batters. Johnson has a 1.33 GO/AO ratio and a .241 BAA. He pitched two hitless innings in relief against Charlotte on 6/15, giving up a walk and recording one strikeout

Matt Zaleski(7-6 3.70) will get the start for Charlotte tonight. The thirty year old righty, was a 30th round selection of the White Sox in the 2004 draft. He has spent his entire career in the Sox minor league system, appearing in AAA each of the last four seasons. He has made 22 starts and three relief appearances for Charlotte this year. Matt pitched 129 innings, allowing 131 hits, 12 homers, 51 walks and he struck out 77, with a 1.02 GO/AO ratio. He faced Indy on 8/8 in relief, giving up one run on three hits over one inning of work. Zaleski also faced them on 6/16, giving up one run on five hits over six innings, settling for a no-decision.

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. Phil Irwin led all qualified pitchers with a 2.93 ERA, while Brandon Cumpton led with 12 wins, 152.1 innings pitched and 88 strikeouts.

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. Eliecer Navarro had the best ERA at 3.62, although the Marauders had just four pitchers throw more than 75 innings. Tyler Waldron led with seven wins and Jameson Taillon’s 98 strikeouts were the most on the team.

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. Robby Rowland had the best ERA on the team for starters with his 3.30 mark. Rinku Singh had a 3.00 ERA in 72 innings pitched. Rowland also led with nine wins, while Nick Kingham led with 117 strikeouts.

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

State College 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) Season is complete

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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