Minor League Schedule: 6/9/12

Gerrit Cole goes tonight for Bradenton. His 56 strikeouts ranks him second on the team to Jameson Taillon (58) and also ranks him in the top ten in the Florida State League. Cole’s 1.11 WHIP is second in the FSL. Indianapolis is in first place in their division, with a seven game lead over Columbus. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Cole is 3-0 1.93 in five road starts this year

Triple-A: Indianapolis (35-26) VS Rochester (28-33) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Daniel Cabrera (2-1 4.46)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 8 Pawtucket 6 in 13 innings

Daniel Cabrera will make his ninth start of the season tonight, eighth for Indianapolis. He has pitched a total of 44.1 innings, allowing 50 hits, two homers, 13 walks and he has struck out 29 batters. In his last start, Daniel gave up five runs on six hits and two walks in 5.1 innings. In his previous outing, he allowed four runs in 4.1 innings. In each of his last three starts, Cabrera has walked two batters and struck out four. At home, he has a 2-0 4.76 record in four starts.

Double-A: Altoona (28-31) @ Akron (37-20) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (7-4 3.12)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 7 Akron 8

Brandon Cumpton will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has had a decision in each of his first 11 starts. Brandon has pitched a total of 69.1 innings, allowing 58 hits, five homers, 18 walks and he has struck out 37 batters. He has a .237 BAA and a 2.08 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, he gave up just four hits and two walks in eight scoreless innings. Cumpton has gone at least seven innings in five of his starts this year. He is 1-2 4.58 in three road starts.

High-A: Bradenton (26-35) VS Jupiter (29-32) 6:30pm
Probable starter:  Gerrit Cole (4-1 2.53)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 2 Daytona 3 (game one)  Bradenton 4 Daytona 3 (game two)

Gerrit Cole will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 57 innings, allowing 44 hits, 19 walks and five homers, while striking out 56 batters. In his last outing, he went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and four walks, with six strikeouts. His four walks were a season high. Since being stretched out to five innings after his second start, he has now gone at least five in nine straight outings. Cole has allowed two earned runs or less in each of his last eight starts.

Low-A: West Virginia (19-42) @ Asheville (42-19) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (1-1 2.12)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 6  Asheville 7 in 11 innings

Robby Rowland will make his fourth start for West Virginia tonight. He began the year in Extended Spring Training after coming over to the Pirates in exchange for Brett Lorin from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Robby went six innings in his last start, allowing four runs, although all four were unearned. In that game, he allowed his first walk of the season after going 11 innings without a walk in his prior three outings. In 17 innings, he has given up 16 hits, four earned runs, no homers, one walk and he has struck out seven batters.

DSL: Pirates1 (4-2) VS  Red Sox (4-2) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 13 Yankees 12

DSL: Pirates2 (3-3) VS Giants (3-3) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 0 Yankees 2

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.

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I do hope this is Cole’s final start in Bradenton. I’m anxious to see what he can do in AA

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