Minor League Schedule: 4/9/11

Minor League Schedule: 4/9/11
John Dreker

For more in depth coverage of last night’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up here.

West Virginia was rained out last night so they have a doubleheader scheduled for today. Zack Dodson is the only listed starter so far but Tyler Waldron was scheduled to make his first start today so I’ve listed him. Any last minute changes or updates will be posted in this thread along with lineups when they are made available. Top prospects Justin Wilson and Quinton Miller will be getting their first starts of the season. Pirates Prospects ranked them 12th and 20th respectively.

Wilson will be making his first AAA start


AAA: Indianapolis (0-2) VS Columbus (2-0) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (11-8 3.09 last year with Altoona)

Game notes: Justin Wilson gets his first AAA start after having an outstanding season in 2010 in AA leading the Curve to their league title. Matt Hague had 3 hits last night,all singles. Both Indy losses so far were by one run.

AA: Altoona (0-2) @ Erie (2-0) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Aaron Thompson (4-13 5.80 last year for Harrisburg last year)

Game notes: 8th ranked prospect Jeff Locke got his first start of the year last night giving up 2 unearned runs in 4.2ip while striking out four. He was followed by Tim Alderson who threw 1.1ip of scoreless ball. LHP Aaron Thompson is making his first start with the Pirates organization after being picked up off waivers in the offseason. Altoona has scored just 3 runs in the first two games.

High-A: Bradenton (1-1) VS Charlotte (1-1) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Quinton Miller (3-6 5.13 for West Virginia last year)

Game notes: Joe Beimel pitched a scoreless inning to start the game followed by Matt McSwain for 5 more scoreless. Jeff Inman made his 1st appearance since 2009 when he was drafted in the 12th round and signed for $425k and he threw 2 scoreless innings. Chris Snyder drove in 6 runs.

Low-A: West Virginia (0-1) VS Savannah (1-0) 6:00pm Doubleheader
Probable starter: Zack Dodson ( 2-6 4.84 last year for State College) and Tyler Waldron (4-7 3.90 for State College last year)

Game notes: Ranked 30th overall by Pirates Prospects,lefty Zack Dodson gets his first start in full season ball after being drafted in the 4th round by the Pirates in 2009. The Power were rained out last night and will make the game up today as part of a doubleheader with two 7 inning games. Waldron was the original scheduled starter for today while Dodson is expected to get pushed back to today after a rainout last night.

Altoona Lineup:

Holt- 2b



Watts- dh






 Bradenton Lineup:










The West Virginia doubleheader was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow at 1:05pm

Indianapolis Lineup:










John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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