For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Bradenton was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader today consisting of two 7 inning games.
AAA: Indianapolis (44-44) @ Louisville (48-40) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (9-5 4.01)
Wilson is starting his 17th game of the season tonight. In his last start he went 6 innings allowing 3 runs on 8 hits with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts. In the month of June he went 4-2 4.88 in six games, it was his highest monthly ERA this year. He is trying to become the first ten game winner in the International League
AA: Altoona (37-47) VS Akron (43-43) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Michael Colla (4-4 3.24)
Colla is making his 14th start of the year tonight. He allowed 2 runs in 6 innings in his last start on July 2 vs Trenton. After winning his last three starts in the month of May he has had six straight winless starts. His 1.07 WHIP is the 2nd lowest in the Eastern League but he has allowed the 3rd most home runs with 11. His ERA is 10th among starters in the EL and ranks first on the Curve.
High-A: Bradenton (38-45 overall 8-5 2nd half) @ Palm Beach (37-45 overall 8-5 2nd half) 5:05pm DH
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (1-0 4.09) and Brett Sinkbeil (1-3 4.11)
Brandon will be making his 2nd start for Bradenton. In his last outing he pitched in relief after Joe Beimel threw the 1st inning on a rehab assignment. He threw 6 innings allowing two runs on six hits and he struck out six. His season totals between WV and Bradenton are 8-4 4.27 over 78 innings with just 20 walks and 56 strikeouts.
Low-A: West Virginia (41-41 overall 6-8 2nd half) @ Hagerstown (48-36 overall 8-6 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zac Fuesser (2-2 2.09)
Fuesser will be making his fifth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched 15 games in relief. As a starter he is 0-1 2.70 in 20 innings. In his last start on 7/2 he went 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 6 hits with 7 strikeouts. Zac is 1-0 1.96 in 8 road games although today will be his first road start this year.
Short Season A: State College (5-15) @ Batavia (10-10) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jordan Cooper (pro debut)
Rookie: GCL Pirates (9-6) VS GCL Braves (7-8) 12:00pm
The GCL Pirates are in 2nd place in the GCL, just one game back in the standings.
VSL: VSL Pirates (27-17) VS VSL Rays (23-22) 11:30am
The VSL Pirates are in first place and have a 2 1/2 game lead over the 2nd place Mariners.
DSL: DSL Pirates (19-10) VS DSL Royals (18-15) 10:30am
The DSL Pirates are in 1st place, tied with the DSL Red Sox
2011 draft pick Jordan Cooper will be making his pro debut tonight for State College. He was originally drafted by the Pirates in the 17th round in 2009 but did not sign. They drafted him in the 23rd round this year and he signed fairly quickly.
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.