For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Indianapolis and Altoona are on their all-star break until Thursday. Both State College and Bradenton were off yesterday and resume their schedule today.
AAA: Indianapolis (47-45) @ Columbus (58-33) 7:05pm 7/14
Probable starter: (TBD)
Indy is currently in 3rd place, 11.5 games behind first place Columbus. Matt Hague will represent Indy in the AAA all-star game tonight.
AA: Altoona (37-52) @ Erie (43-47) 7:05pm 7/14
Probable starter: (TBD)
Altoona is currently in last place, 16 games behind 1st place Harrisburg. Jeff Locke, Aaron Pribanic, Starling Marte and Brock Holt will represent Altoona in the EL all-star game tonight.
High-A: Bradenton (40-49 overall 10-9 2nd half) @ Dunedin (49-39 overall 10-8 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (1-0 3.94)
Cumpton is getting his 3rd start and 4th appearance since being promoted from West Virginia. Overall he has an 8-4 4.23 record in 16 games(14 starts). He allowed 2 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings during his last start on Thursday. Bradenton is currently in 4th place in their division, just one game behind the leaders St Lucie and Palm Beach for the 2nd half title.
Low-A: West Virginia (41-46 overall 6-13 2nd half) VS Hickory (52-35 overall 12-7 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zac Fuesser (2-2 1.89)
Fuesser will be making his sixth start of the year tonight. So far in 5 starts he has a 0-1 2.08 record with 26 K’s in 26 innings. In his last start he went 6 innings giving up just 5 hits, no walks and he struck out eight. At home this year in 11 appearances(4 starts) he has 1-2 2.15 record.
Short Season A: State College (7-18) @ Staten Island (19-4) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jordan Cooper (0-1 16.87)
Jordan Cooper is making his 2nd pro start. The 2011 23rd round draft pick made his debut last Thursday when he gave up five earned runs in 2.2 IP. He allowed five hits, walked three and he did not record a strikeout. State College is currently in last place in their division, eight games behind Jamestown.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (12-8) VS GCL Blue Jays (6-13) 12:00pm
The GCL Pirates are in 1st place, tied with the Phillies.
VSL: VSL Pirates (29-19) VS VSL Reds (24-24) 11:00am
The VSL Pirates are in first place and have a 2 1/2 game lead over the 2nd place Rays.
DSL: DSL Pirates (24-12) VS DSL Indians (15-19) 10:30am
The DSL Pirates are in 1st place, 1 1/2 games ahead of the DSL Red Sox
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