For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. We have added the 2nd half records for the two teams that split their season for playoff purposes. Both the FSL and SAL send their first and second half champs to the playoffs unless the same team wins both halves. Then the team with the 2nd best record in the division goes to the playoffs.
AAA: Indianapolis (40-40) @ Syracuse (33-43) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Sean Gallagher (2-8 6.14)
AA: Altoona (34-42) VS Reading (38-39) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (5-6 4.29)
Jeff Locke gets his 16th start of the season and the sixth one in the month of June. He pitched 6 scoreless innings in his last start versus a Harrisburg team that chased him from the game after just 3 innings six days prior. Jeff leads the team in strikeouts with 75 and he ranks 7th overall in K’s in the Eastern League.
High-A: Bradenton (35-41 overall, 5-1 2nd half) VS Palm Beach (34-41 overall, 5-1 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Brian Leach (1-1 4.67)
Low-A: West Virginia (39-35 overall, 4-2 2nd half) VS Lexington (36-40 overall, 1-5 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (2-1 3.16)
Taillon gets his 11th start of the season and his first start since June 14th due to the all-star break. In his last start he went just 4.2ip but allowed only one run on 3 hits and he struck out eight. He has not walked a batter in his last four starts and on the year he has walked just 4 batters while striking out 38 in 42.2 innings pitched. Tim Williams will be in West Virginia tonight to cover Jameson’s start.
Short Season A: State College (2-10) VS Mahoning Valley (9-3) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (0-0 0.00)
Rookie: GCL Pirates (4-4) VS GCL Yankees (5-3) 12:00pm
VSL: VSL Pirates (23-14) VS VSL Tigers (12-24) 11:00am
DSL: DSL Pirates (14-10) VS DSL Dodgers (11-14) 10:30am
* Matt Benedict has replaced Ryan Hafner as the scheduled starter for State College. We posted an interview today with Benedict that can be found here
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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.