For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Both the GCL and VSL teams have off today and resume their schedule Monday morning. All three rookie league teams are in first place. No starter has been listed for Bradenton but last night’s starter, Nate Baker didn’t make the start so we repeated his preview. West Virginia also has not named a starter for today although it’s possible Colton Cain(5-7 3.15) who is currently listed on the DL returns for the start. ** UPDATE: Cain and Baker are now listed as the starters for today**
AAA: Indianapolis (48-47) @ Columbus (59-34) 5:05pm
Probable starter: Garrett Olson (3-0 2.37)
Olson has made 9 starts and 5 relief appearances without picking up a loss. He has just a 2.16 ERA in his last 10 appearances but two times in his last four starts he couldn’t reach five innings and he has walked 11 batters over that time. He has allowed just 29 hits in 49.1 innings.
AA: Altoona (39-53) @ Erie (44-48) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Phillip Irwin (3-1 3.45)
Irwin will make his 6th appearance and 5th start since being promoted from Bradenton. He went 6 innings in his last start,allowing 3 runs on 8 hits while striking out six. He has issued just 3 walks in 28 innings with Altoona and on the year he has walked 15 while striking out 61 in 82 innings. This will be his first appearance vs Erie.
High-A: Bradenton (43-50 overall 13-10 2nd half) VS Dayton (49-42 overall 10-11 2nd half) 5:00pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (5-6 3.87)
Baker will make his 16th start of the year tonight, he has also made four relief appearances. In his last start on Monday he gave up 2 earned runs in 5 innings of work. In his last 10 games spanning 46 innings he has a 2.93 ERA. On the road this year he is 2-2 3.04 in 10 games. Nate has 65 strikeouts on the year, 2nd highest total on Bradenton to Brett Lorin’s 75.
Low-A: West Virginia (43-48 overall 8-15 2nd half) VS Charleston (36-57 overall 10-13 2nd half) 2:05pm
Probable starter: (TBD)
Short Season A: State College (8-21) @ Williamsport (15-14) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Stetson Allie (0-0 5.40)
Stetson will make his 5th start of the year tonight and 6th overall appearance. He pitched in relief in his last outing six days ago going 2 innings and giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks. In his last start on July 6th he went 4 innings allowing just one run on two hits while striking out five. It was his second straight five strikeout game. Overall he has 17 K’s in his first 15 pro innings.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (16-8) VS GCL Braves (11-13) 12:00pm 7/18
The GCL Pirates are in 1st place, one game ahead of the Yankees.
VSL: VSL Pirates (31-22) VS VSL Phillies (23-29) 11:00am 7/18
The VSL Pirates are in first place and have a 1/2 game lead over the 2nd place Rays.
DSL: DSL Pirates (26-14) VS DSL Dodgers (20-20) 10:30am
The DSL Pirates are in 1st place, 2 1/2 games ahead of the DSL Royals.
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