Minor League Schedule: 7/16/12

Colton Cain will get the start for Bradenton tonight. Since the FSL All-Star break, he has gone 2-1 1.80 in five starts, pitching a total of 30 innings. Prior to the All-Star break he had a 6.05 ERA over nine starts with 38.2 innings pitched. Indianapolis expanded their division lead to 12 games yesterday. Their .621 winning percentage is the highest in the International League and the fourth best among the 120 full season minor league teams. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Owens defeated Gwinnett in their last meeting three weeks ago

Triple-A: Indianapolis (59-36) vs Gwinnett (44-52) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Rudy Owens (7-4 2.89)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 4 Columbus 3 (Game story)

Rudy Owens will make his 18th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 106 innings, allowing 99 hits, 12 homers, 20 walks and he has 76 strikeouts. His last start was just his second non-quality start of the season, as he allowed six runs on nine hits over 3.1 innings. Rudy ranks fifth in the International League in ERA, just 0.06 ahead of his teammate Jeff Locke, who ranks sixth. He also ranks fifth in WHIP(1.12) and in innings pitched.

Double-A: Altoona (44-47) @ Richmond (48-47) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (8-7 3.40)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 1 Akron  2

Brandon Cumpton will make his 18th start of the year tonight. He has pitched a total of 100.2 innings, allowing 85 hits, five homers, 29 walks and he has recorded 63 strikeouts. Brandon has a 2.28 GO/AO ratio and a .234 BAA. He had a rough outing in his last start, giving up six runs(four earned) in just three innings. In his two previous starts combined, Cumpton gave up one run over 11 innings. On the road this year, he is 2-3 3.35 in seven starts.

High-A: Bradenton (43-51 overall 14-10 2nd half) @ Clearwater (50-40 overall 14-10 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Colton Cain (3-5 4.19)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 8 Clearwater 5 in 11 innings

Colton Cain will make his 15th start of the year tonight. He has pitched a total of 68.2 innings, allowing 62 hits, nine homers, 23 walks and he has 47 strikeouts. In his last start, Cain gave up two runs on five hits and two walks in six innings. In his previous outing, he threw seven shutout innings. On the road this year, Colton is 1-2 4.55 in six starts. He has a 1.10 GO/AO ratio and a .241 BAA. He last faced Clearwater on 5/9, allowing five runs in 5.1 innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (36-58 overall 13-11 2nd half) @ Augusta (45-47 overall 13-10 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Von Rosenberg (2-2 4.73)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 3 Augusta 4

Zack Von Rosenberg will make his eighth start of the year tonight. His last outing was cut short due to rain that postponed the game after his second inning of work. Zack has pitched a total of 32.1 innings, allowing 37 hits, four hits, nine walks and he has 26 strikeouts. Right-handed batters are hitting .233 against him, while lefties are batting .381 with three homers. He has faced Lexington twice this year, giving up 13 runs in nine innings. In the other five games, he has allowed just four earned runs over 23.1 innings.

Short Season A: State College (14-13) vs Brooklyn (17-11) 7:05pm
Probable Starter:  Adrian Sampson (0-0 3.38)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 2 Brooklyn 3

Adrian Sampson will make his second pro start tonight. He has also pitched twice in relief. In his debut, Adrian gave up two runs on four hits with four strikeouts in two innings. He then threw one hit ball over three innings in his only start. Sampson pitched three shutout innings in his last outing five days ago. He has struck out ten batters over his eight innings of work

Rookie: GCL Pirates (12-11) VS GCL Braves (8-16) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off

DSL: Pirates1 (21-15) VS Red Sox (23-13) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off

DSL: Pirates2 (14-22) VS Nationals (18-18) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off

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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.

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Ian Rothermund

Hopefully ZVR can exercise some demons today. Curious about the monster average vs. lefties. Is that a sign of not having an effective change? His fastball isn’t terrible, low-90’s, right?

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