Top prospect Gerrit Cole, gets his tenth career start today. He has allowed three or less earned runs in all nine starts he has made. Bradenton had off yesterday. They resume their schedule at home today for a three game series against Fort Myers. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.
Triple-A: Indianapolis (29-21) VS Durham (22-30) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Rudy Owens (2-2 2.40)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 7 Durham 4 (game story)
Rudy Owens will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 60 innings, allowing 50 hits, seven homers, just six walks and he has recorded 42 strikeouts. He has a team leading, 0.93 WHIP, second best in the International League. In his last start, Rudy went six innings, allowing one run on six hits, one walk and he struck out four. He faced Durham on 4/28 and threw seven shutout innings.
Double-A: Altoona (22-27) VS Richmond (24-27) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (5-4 3.81)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 4 Bowie 0
Brandon Cumpton will make his tenth start of the year today. He has pitched a total of 54.1 innings, allowing 51 hits, 13 walks and he’s struck out 32 batters. In his last start, Brandon went six innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits. Two of his previous starts have come against Richmond. On 5/6, he got the win, allowing one run in 5.2 innings. On 4/19 he also got the win, allowing two runs on seven hits in six innings.
High-A: Bradenton (22-28) VS Fort Myers (20-30) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Gerrit Cole (3-1 2.60)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was off
Gerrit Cole will make his tenth start of the season. He has pitched a total of 45 innings, allowing 32 hits, 13 walks and he has 46 strikeouts. Cole leads Bradenton with a 1.00 WHIP. He pitched five shutout innings in his last start. His three strikeouts in that game was a season low and he has seen his strikeouts decline from six on 4/30, to two games with five, then four K’s on 5/17, down to three in his last start. Batters are hitting .200 against him on the year, .188 from the left side.
Low-A: West Virginia (16-35) VS Lakewood (19-31) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Robbie Rowland (0-1 3.60)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 4 Lakewood 3
Robby Rowland will make his second start of the season. In his first start, he went four innings, allowing two runs(one earned) on four hits, no walks and he struck out three. He pitched one inning on relief work on 5/19, allowing two hits and one run. It was his first relief appearance in his three year pro career. Rowland was a third round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010. He has pitched the last two seasons in short-season A-ball, playing for Missoula in the Pioneer League. He had a 2-7 8.07 record in 14 starts last year.
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If Cole comes out and does the same thing again today, I don’t see any reason for him to still be in Bradenton. He’s warmed up, it’s time he’s challenged a bit. I refuse to get excited about Taillon’s rough patch either, Cole is two years ahead of him, maybe this is point in time is just evidence of that. There shouldn’t be any expectation for them to move up together every step of the way. Maybe Taillon would benefit from being in high-A all year…