West Virginia was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader tonight. Indianapolis won their division. The DSL and GCL regular seasons are over. The GCL Pirates won game one of a best of three series against the Red Sox. The DSL Pirates1 advanced to the second round of the playoffs with their win yesterday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.
Triple-A: Indianapolis (84-54) @ Toledo (58-80) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (10-5 2.56)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 5 Toledo 0 (game story)
Jeff Locke will make his 24th start tonight. He has pitched a total of 137 innings, allowing 123 hits, nine homers, 40 walks and he has 124 strikeouts. Jeff has also made two appearances for the Pirates, pitching a total of 4.1 scoreless innings. In his last start, he threw six shutout innings, giving up four hits, one walk and he struck out six batters. He faced Toledo(today’s opponent) on 7/23, giving up one run in five innings. He walked seven batters that day, while also recording nine strikeouts. Left-handed batters are hitting .185 against him, with no homers.
Double-A: Altoona (66-70) vs Akron (79-57) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (11-11 4.07)
Yesterday’s Result: Akron 3 Altoona 1
Brandon Cumpton will get his 26th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 139.1 innings, giving up 136 hits, nine homers, 43 walks and he has recorded 82 strikeouts, with a 2.02 GO/AO ratio. He gave up two runs on five hits and two walks in his last start. Brandon had a 3.40 ERA in 17 starts prior to the Eastern League All-Star break. Since then, he has gone 3-4 5.82 in eight starts, with a .317 BAA. Cumpton has a 3.49 ERA in 15 home starts this season.
High-A: Bradenton (60-72 overall 31-31 2nd half) vs Ft Myers (57-73 overall 29-34 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (5-8 3.50)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 11 Ft Myers 10 (game one) Ft Myers 4 Bradenton 2 (game two)
Eliecer Navarro will get his 13th start. He has also made 18 relief appearances. In 108 total innings, he has given up 106 hits, nine homers, 23 walks and he has 86 strikeouts. As a starter, Eliecer is 3-7 4.19, with a .276 BAA in 62.1 innings. He has a .229 BAA as a reliever. In his last start, which was against today’s opponent, he went four innings, allowing five runs on eight hits. Navarro has a 2.66 home ERA over 47.1 innings
Low-A: West Virginia (57-75 overall 34-28 2nd half) @ Charleston (67-62 overall 28-34 2nd half) 5:05pm DH
Probable starter: Zac Fuesser (3-6 4.15) and Zack Von Rosenberg (4-6 4.90)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was rained out
Zac Fuesser will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched twenty times in relief. As a starter, he is 0-1 5.80, with a .302 BAA in 40.1 innings. In his last start, which was against today’s opponent as well, Zac went 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks. On the road this year, he has a 2.34 ERA in 50 innings. At home, his ERA is 5.75 in 56.1 innings. A starter for game two has yet to be announced. Prior to the rain out, Zack Von Rosenberg was scheduled to pitch today. If he makes the start, it will be his 16th start of the year. He has thrown 71.2 innings, allowing 83 hits, nine homers, 24 walks and he has 53 strikeouts.
Short Season A: State College (31-36) vs Auburn (41-27) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Adrian Sampson (0-1 2.63)
Yesterday’s Result: Auburn 16 State College 4
Adrian Sampson will make his ninth start of the year tonight. He has also pitched twice in relief. In a total of 37.2 innings, he has allowed 34 hits, two homers, 13 walks and he has a team leading 40 strikeouts. In his last start, Adrian went 4.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits, two walks and he has four strikeouts. Prior to the start, he allowed just one earned run over his last four starts combined. This start against Auburn, will be his fourth start in a row against them.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (36-24) vs GCL Red Sox (34-26) 12:00pm
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5 Red Sox 2 (game story)
DSL: Pirates1 (44-26) vs TBD 10:30am 8/30
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5 Mets 3 (game story)
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.