Altoona has a doubleheader today with top prospect Gerrit Cole pitching one of the games. State College was rained out last night. They will make the game up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday night. West Virginia is off today. Bradenton was postponed yesterday. The Marauders have postponed today’s game already due to the tropical storm in the area. They will play a doubleheader Tuesday. Indianapolis won their division. The DSL and GCL regular seasons are over. The GCL Pirates will play the Red Sox affiliate in a best of three playoff series beginning tomorrow for the GCL title. The DSL Pirates1 begin their playoffs against the Mets today, weather permitting. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.
Triple-A: Indianapolis (82-54) vs Columbus (69-67) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Chris Leroux (3-0 2.84)
Yesterday’s Result: Columbus 5 Indianapolis 3 (game story)
Chris Leroux will make his seventh start for Indianapolis tonight. He has also made 14 relief appearances. Chris has pitched a total of 57 innings, allowing 46 hits, six homers and 12 walks, with 49 strikeouts, a .221 BAA and a 1.76 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, he gave up five runs in 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits and a walk, while striking out a season high of nine. Leroux has a 3.03 home ERA in 35.2 innings. He is holding right-handed batters to a .140 average.
Double-A: Altoona (65-68) vs Akron (77-56) 5:30pm DH
Probable starter: Gerrit Cole (3-5 3.25) and TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 7 Richmond 0 (game story)
Gerrit Cole will make his 12th start for Altoona tonight. He also made 13 starts for Bradenton. Between both stops, he has pitched a total of 119.2 innings, allowing 101 hits, seven homers and 38 walks. Gerrit has recorded 125 strikeouts and has put up a .226 BAA, with a 1.43 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, he went 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks, with four strikeouts. The four walks are his high mark since joining Altoona. Cole started against Akron on 7/14, giving up three runs on six hits in four innings. No starter has been named yet for game two.
High-A: Bradenton (59-71 overall 30-30 2nd half) vs Ft Myers (56-72 overall 28-33 2nd half) 5:00pm 8/28
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (4-5 3.62) and TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was rained out
Bradenton was rained out yesterday and today’s game has been postponed as well. The Marauders trail by 2.5 games in the division, with seven games left on the schedule. Casey Sadler will get his 16th start of the season Tuesday night. He has also made 15 relief appearances, all prior to the start of July. As a starter, Casey is 4-3 3.80, with 83 innings pitched, allowing 74 hits, four homers and 22 walks. He also struck out 53 batters in that role, with a 1.75 GO/AO ratio and a .242 BAA. In his last start, Sadler gave up one run on three hits in five innings. He has a 2.81 ERA in 52 road innings.
Low-A: West Virginia (57-75 overall 34-28 2nd half) @ Charleston (67-62 overall 28-34 2nd half) 7:05pm 8/28
Probable starter: Zac Fuesser (3-6 4.15)
Yesterday’s Result: Hickory 7 West Virginia 0
West Virginia is off today. They are four games out in their division, with seven games left on the season. The Power have three games left against Charleston on the road and then they end the season with four games at home against Delmarva.
Short Season A: State College (31-34) vs Auburn (39-27) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Jason Creasy (0-4 4.99)
Yesterday’s Result: State College was rained out
Jason Creasy will start for the 13th time the year. He has pitched a total of 48.2 innings, giving up 59 hits, three homers, 17 walks and he has 28 strikeouts, with an 0.88 GO/AO ratio and a .299 BAA. In his last start, he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. It was his fifth straight start in which he failed to get through five innings of work. Jason has a 3.55 home ERA in six starts and a 6.56 road ERA.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (36-24) vs GCL Red Sox (34-26) 12:00pm 8/28
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 1 Cardinals 0
DSL: Pirates1 (44-26) vs Mets (44-26) 10:30am
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off
DSL: Pirates2 (34-34) Season is complete
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.