Minor League Schedule: 8/18/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Please take note of the early start time for Altoona. Bradenton is in first place for the second half title in their division. They have a 2.5 game lead over Palm Beach with 17 games left to play in the season, five against Palm Beach.

Jameson Taillon makes his 20th start of the year tonight

AAA: Indianapolis (65-61) VS Louisville (65-61) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Sean Gallagher (5-11 5.15)

Indianapolis is in 2nd place in their division, 14 games back of Columbus, who they play 4 more times this season. In the wildcard standings they are tied for 3rd place with Louisville, 6 games behind 1st place Lehigh Valley. They have 18 games left this season.

AA: Altoona (56-66) VS New Hampshire (68-55) 12:00pm
Probable starter: Aaron Pribanic (8-9 4.15)

Aaron will take the mound for the 25th time this season, all but one as the starting pitcher. In his last start he threw seven shutout innings allowing just 4 hits and a walk while striking out one. He is the team leader in games started, wins and in innings pitched with 128, the 7th highest total in the Eastern League. This will be his first start against New Hampshire.

High-A: Bradenton (62-59 overall 32-19 2nd half) VS Charlotte (57-64 overall 27-25 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (8-7 3.91)

Nate will get his 22nd start of the year tonight, he has also made 4 relief appearances. He leads all Bradenton pitchers in innings pitched with 125.1 and he is second in strikeouts with 86, eight behind team leader, Brett Lorin. Baker has a 5-3 3.38 record in his last 10 appearances. He has given six home runs this season, all of them while pitching at home.

Low-A: West Virginia (58-62 overall 22-29 2nd half) VS Delmarva (53-69 overall 18-34 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (2-3 4.64)

Jameson will make his 20th start of the year. He has pitched 75.2 innings giving up 80 hits, walking 15 and striking out 77 batters. In his last seven starts he has an 8.21 ERA and he has not picked up a win since his first start in June. In his last start on Saturday he gave up 3 runs in 4 innings and took the loss. This will be his first start against Delmarva, he missed them in the two prior series they have played since he joined the team.

Short Season A: State College (23-34) @ Hudson Valley (27-30) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Trent Stevenson (0-1 5.00)

Trent will get his 4th start since joining State College. He also made one relief appearance. He started the season with West Virginia and went 0-3 6.93 in 22 games. In his last start he allowed three runs in six innings. He has recorded just 4 strikeouts in 18 innings with State College and had 25 in 49.1 innings with WV.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (29-22) VS GCL Blue Jays (22-27) 12:00pm

The GCL Pirates are currently in 2nd place, 4 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 (40-28) VS DSL Yankees2 (28-39) 10:30am

The DSL Pirates are in 2nd place, 4.5 games back of the DSL Royals. The DSL season ends tomorrow.

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.

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