Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Report – July 27th

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Mar 12, 2015; Bradenton, FL, USA; The field is made ready for play before a spring training baseball game at McKechnie Field. The Boston Red Sox beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Advanced A Bradenton Marauders

The Bradenton Marauders went 4-1 over the past week. The Marauders split the final two games of the series with the Palm Beach Cardinals.  The four game home series against the Dunedin Blue Jays resulted in two wins. The third game on Friday was tied 1-1 when it was halted by rain. Then on Saturday the tie game was supposed to be finished before Saturday’s scheduled game but both were rained out. The game from Friday will remain a tie and will not be finished. Saturday’s game will be rescheduled. On Sunday, the Marauders picked up a win over the Clearwater Threshers.

As the Marauders begin the second half of the season, the standings are reset. The Charlotte Stone Crabs were the first half division winner. The second half division winner will face the Stone Crabs in the playoffs. If the Stone Crabs win the second half, then the team with the second best overall record will advance to face the Stone Crabs. More information on the playoff procedures can be found here. We will provide you the second half standings along with the overall standings in parenthesis.

Florida State League South Division Standings:

Palm Beach Cardinals – 20-8 (52-46)

Bradenton Marauders – 19-10 (51-48)

Fort Myers Miracle – 17-13 (55-45)

St. Lucie Mets – 14-15 (49-50)

Charlotte Stone Crabs – 12-17 (57-42)

Jupiter Hammerheads – 10-20 (45-55)

Players that stood out:

OF Harold Ramirez returned to the team this week. He had nine hits, including two home runs, eight RBIs, two walks and three stolen bases. His average is now .367.

OF Austin Meadows saw his average climb to .306 after getting ten hits, including a home run, five RBIs and four strikeouts.

INF Jacoby Jones had three hits, two RBIs and seven strikeouts and is now batting .253.

Reese McGuire had five hits and one walk. His average is now .273.

LHP Cody Dickson leads the team with nine wins.

RHP Frank Duncan  leads the team with 77 strikeouts.

RHP Brett McKinney still leads the team with nine saves.

A look at next week: The Marauders will play Monday at Clearwater against the Threshers. Then the Threshers will come to Bradenton for two games. The Marauders will then head to Tampa for four games in three days with the Yankees.

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