For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. No starter has been named for Indianapolis as of yet. The GCL team has off today.
AAA: Indianapolis (65-57) @ Louisville (61-61) 2:05pm
Probable starter: (TBD)
Indianapolis is in 2nd place in their division, 11.5 games back of Columbus, who they play 4 more times this season. In the wildcard standings they are in 3rd place, 3.5 games behind 1st place Lehigh Valley. They have 22 games left this season and they will play their next 6 games against Louisville. They have won 4 games in a row.
AA: Altoona (54-64) VS Reading (59-60) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Tim Alderson (0-3 3.71)
Alderson makes his first start of the year tonight. In 60.2 innings out of the bullpen this year he has a 3.71 ERA, along with a 45:23 K/BB ratio.
High-A: Bradenton (60-58 overall 30-18 2nd half) @ Jupiter (49-70 overall 17-32 2nd half) 5:05pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (2-2 4.47)
Brandon will make his 9th start with Bradenton and 21st start overall on the year. Between his two stops this season he has a 9-6 4.37 record over 115.1 innings with 26 walks and 83 strikeouts. In his last start on Tuesday he gave up 3 earned runs over 4.2 innings and took the loss. On the road while with Bradenton he is 0-2 4.91 in 5 starts.
Low-A: West Virginia (55-61 overall 19-28 2nd half) @ Kannapolis (66-49 overall 29-18 2nd half) 5:05pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (1-0 2.48)
Navarro will make his 4th start with West Virginia, he also made one start earlier in the year with Bradenton. He has made 22 overall appearances covering 61.1 innings. He has struck out 65 batters and walked just 16 between his two stops. As a starter with WV he has an 0-0 3.21 record with 16 K’s in 14 innings. He allowed 3 runs over 5 innings in his last start on Monday night.
Short Season A: State College (22-34) VS Connecticut (25-28) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Michael Jefferson (2-1 4.71)
State College is in last place in their division, 11 games back in the standings with 20 games left in the season. After today, they have the next two days off for the NYPL all-star break. Following the break they will play straight through everyday until the end of the season.
Rookie: GCL Pirates (27-21) VS GCL Yankees (32-15) 12:00pm 8/15
The GCL Pirates are currently in 2nd place, 5.5 games back in the standings.
VSL: VSL Pirates (40-32)
The VSL Pirates have finished their season. They won the VSL pennant for a sixth straight year.
DSL: DSL Pirates (38-24) VS DSL Indians (28-34) 10:30am
The DSL Pirates are in 2nd place, 3 games back of the DSL Royals who they play two more times this year. Their season ends on August 19th.
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