For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. We have added the 2nd half records for the two teams that split their season for playoff purposes. Both the FSL and SAL send their first and second half champs to the playoffs unless the same team wins both halves. Then the team with the 2nd best record in the division goes to the playoffs.
AAA: Indianapolis (41-40) @ Syracuse (33-44) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Garrett Olson (1-0 2.56)
AA: Altoona (34-43) @ Trenton (46-32) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Aaron Pribanic (5-5 3.52)
Pribanic is getting his 15th start of the season tonight. He has walked just 9 batters on the year with 34 strikeouts to his credit including seven in his last start. He has struggled in June going 0-3 7.64 in 4 starts but was recently named to the Eastern League all-star team. I will be in Trenton covering this game for the site.
High-A: Bradenton (36-41 overall 6-1 2nd half) VS Palm Beach (34-42 overall 5-2 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (4-4 4.04)
Baker is making his 13th start of the season tonight, he has also made 4 relief appearances including his last game pitched on Sunday in which he threw 2 scoreless innings. As a starter he has a 3.95 ERA in 57 innings with 40 strikeouts. He has lowered his ERA each month down to a 2.86 mark in June.
Low-A: West Virginia (39-36 overall 4-3 2nd half) VS Lexington (37-40 overall 2-5 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (6-3 4.11)
Waldron gets his 12th start of the year tonight. He has pitched much better in Charleston, WV this year with a 2.43 ERA at home and a 5.50 mark on the road. His 13 home runs allowed is 2nd in the SAL trailing only his teammate Zack Von Rosenberg. Waldron gave up 4 runs in 5 innings during his last start on Friday and vs Lexington he has allowed just 2 runs in 10 innings of work. Tim Williams will be covering the game live.
Short Season A: State College (3-10) VS Mahoning Valley (9-4) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Ryan Hafner (0-0 0.00)
Hafner makes his 3rd start of the season tonight. He has had two scoreless appearances to start the season, both consisting of 4 innings. He has allowed just seven hits, no walks and he has struck out six. He was originally listed as yesterday’s starter but was pushed back to today.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (4-5) VS GCL Yankees (6-3) 12:00pm
VSL: VSL Pirates (23-15) VS VSL Mariners (24-15) 11:00am
This is a meeting of the top two teams in the VSL. The winner will be in 1st at the end of the day.
DSL: DSL Pirates (15-10) VS DSL Yankees2 (13-13) 10:30am
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.