Minor League Schedule: 7/7/12

Luis Heredia gets the start tonight for State College. All three of his previous starts were covered here live and can be read here. (Game one, game two, game three) Justin Wilson gets the start tonight for first place Indianapolis. He has been dominating of late, with three out his last four outings each resulting in six innings pitched with one hit allowed. Kyle McPherson returns to the mound. He was originally due to start Tuesday but was pushed back until today. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Heredia has allowed one earned run in 14 innings this year

Triple-A: Indianapolis (55-32) @ Columbus (44-44) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (6-4 3.34)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6 Columbus 10 (Game story)

Justin Wilson will start tonight for the 18th time this season. He has pitched a total of 91.2 innings, allowing just 63 hits, with seven homers, 41 walks and 93 strikeouts. Justin has a .191 BAA, .144 from the left side. In his last outing, Just threw six scoreless innings, giving up just one hit. It was his fourth outing this year in which he went at least six innings and gave up less than two hits. In each of his two previous outings, he recorded eight strikeouts.

Double-A: Altoona (41-43) VS Binghamton (42-43) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (1-2 4.76)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 11 Reading 5

Kyle McPherson will make his fourth start of the season tonight. After pitching well in his first game, going five innings with just one run allowed, Kyle has had some trouble in his last two games. He gave up five runs on seven hits in six innings on 6/21, and followed that with four runs on six hits in six innings, with just one strikeout, in his last start. McPherson was named the Pirates 2011 minor league pitcher of the year. He began this season in Extended Spring Training due to shoulder soreness and this start was pushed back four days from its original schedule.

High-A: Bradenton (39-47 overall 10-6 2nd half) @ St Lucie (56-28 overall 7-9 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (2-4 3.71)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 0 Palm Beach 5

Eliecer Navarro will get his sixth start of the season. He has also made 15 relief appearances. Navarro has pitched a total of 63 innings, allowing 60 hits, five homers, 15 walks and he has 49 strikeouts. His last start was his best so far, giving up just one unearned run over five innings of work. He faced St Lucie on 5/16 in relief, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (31-55 overall 8-8 2nd half) VS Lakewood (35-50 overall 9-7 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (4-2 3.12)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 4 Lakewood 3 (Game story)

Robby Rowland will make his ninth start of the season. Including his one early season relief appearance, Robby has pitched a total of 43.1 innings, giving up 44 hits, one homer, 12 walks and he has 24 strikeouts. He has a 1.86 GO/AO ratio and a .265 BAA, .236 from the right side. Rowland has faced Lakewood twice already this year, each time going six innings with two runs allowed. At home this year, he is 2-0 2.81 in three starts.

Short Season A: State College (11-8) @ Vermont (11-8) 6:05pm
Probable Starter: Luis Heredia (0-1 0.64)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 3 Tri-City 1

Luis Heredia will make his fourth start of the season tonight. In his first outing, he went four scoreless innings, giving up one hits and two walks with four strikeouts. His next outing was a little rough but he limited the damage, giving up two runs(one earned) on eight hits in five innings. His last outing was very strong, throwing five scoreless innings. In each of his last two starts, he walked none and struck out three batters. After signing with the Pirates just after his 16th birthday for $2.6mil in August of 2010, Luis made his pro debut in the GCL last year, pitching a total of 30.1 innings over his 12 appearances. He had a 1-2 4.75 record, striking out 23 batters with a .257 BAA.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (8-8) VS GCL Phillies (6-10) 10:00am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 1 Phillies 3 (game one) Pirates 2 Phillies 1 (game two)

DSL: Pirates1 (17-13) VS Rangers (19-11) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 8 Marlins 7

DSL: Pirates2 (14-16) VS Mets1 (17-13) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 8 Cubs 9 in 12 innings




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Lee Young

I’ll be watching Justin Wilson to see if he can keep up his domination with his new windup.

Hoping McPherson continues to find his form.

Keep dominating, Mr Luis H!!!

Ian Rothermund

I think what I like most about Wilson, after his improved control numbers, is the number of hits he’s given up. Looking at the peripherals, the walks really seemed like the only aspect of his game that needed improving. If he does this for two or three more starts, and Bedard continues to struggle, I’m not sure what else they’re looking for.

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