Minor League Schedule: 7/1/12

Luis Heredia will make his third start of the season tonight. His first two starts were covered live here and here.  Bradenton has a doubleheader today, while the GCL Pirates, as well as both DSL teams, are off today. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Heredia will start tonight for State College

Triple-A: Indianapolis (51-31) @ Louisville (31-53) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Rudy Owens (6-3 2.51)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 10 Louisville 3

Rudy Owens will make his 16th start of the season tonight. He has pitched 96.2 innings, surrendering 86 hits, 11 homers, 16 walks and he has 68 strikeouts. Rudy has an 0.86 GO/AO ratio and a .235 BAA. All 15 starts this season from Owens have been quality starts, going at least six innings with three or fewer runs. He ranks fifth in the International League in WHIP(1.06) and he is third in both ERA and Innings Pitched.

Double-A: Altoona (38-41) @ Binghamton (36-43) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Matt McSwain (2-2 4.76)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 8 Binghamton 2

Matt McSwain will make his fifth start of the season tonight. It is his first start since 5/27, when he went seven innings, allowing four runs on four hits and three walks. Matt has made 13 relief appearances as well this season. He has pitched a total of 45.1 innings, giving up 53 hits, two homers, 25 walks and he has 31 strikeouts.

High-A: Bradenton (34-45 overall 5-4 2nd half) @ Charlotte (32-43 overall 3-5 2nd half) 4:05pm DH
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (5-4 5.38) and Eliecer Navarro (1-4 4.03)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 2 Palm Beach 6

Tyler Waldron will get his 14th start of the year today. He also pitched in relief two times earlier in the season. Tyler has pitched a total of 73.2 innings, allowing 95 hits, eight homers, 17 walks and he has 52 strikeouts. Waldron has an 11.12 ERA in four June starts. In the other game, Eliecer Navarro will make his fifth start of the season. He has also pitched 15 times in relief. Navarro has pitched a total of 58 innings, giving up 57 hits, five homers, 14 walks and he has 44 strikeouts. He is 0-3 6.63 in his four starts, throwing a total of 19 innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (28-52 overall 5-5 2nd half) @ Delmarva (29-49 overall 1-8 2nd half) 5:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (3-5 5.71)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 3 Delmarva 9

Zack Dodson will start for the 16th time this year. He has pitched a total of 69.1 innings, allowing 81 hits, eight homers, 29 walks and he has 45 strikeouts. In his last start, he pitched six innings, allowing two runs(both in the 1st inning) on six hits and one walk. He has already made ten road starts this season, posting a 1-5 7.06 record in 43.1 innings. In five June starts, he had a 6.31 ERA and a .327 BAA in 25.2 innings.

Short Season A: State College (7-6) VS Batavia (6-7) 6:05pm
Probable Starter: Luis Heredia (0-1 1.00)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 1 Mahoning Valley 3 (Game story)

Luis Heredia will make his third start of the season tonight. He went four scoreless innings in his first start, allowing one hit, two walks and he struck out four. In his second start on 6/26, he went five innings, allowing eight hits and two runs(one earned), walking none and striking out three batters. After signing with the Pirates just after his 16th birthday for $2.6mil in August of 2010, Luis made his pro debut in the GCL last year, pitching a total of 30.1 innings over his 12 appearances. He had a 1-2 4.75 record, striking out 23 batters with a .257 BAA.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (5-5) VS GCL Tigers (8-4) 12:00pm 7/2

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 2 Blue Jays 12

DSL: Pirates1 (14-11) VS Yankees2 (7-18) 10:30am 7/2

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 8 Yankees 2

DSL: Pirates2 (13-12) VS DBacks/Reds (3-22) 10:30am 7/2

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 7 DBacks/Reds 1

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.

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