Minor League Schedule: 6/18/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Indianapolis will play a day-night doubleheader today to make up for the postponed game on Thursday. Altoona will play a traditional doubleheader due to a prior rainout. Bradenton is currently on their All-Star break. They don’t play again until Monday when the FSL team records will reset to 0-0 for the 2nd half. The VSL Pirates play the 2nd place Mariners team today.  They lead them by just 1/2 game in the standing and these are the same two teams that met in last year’s VSL championship series won by the Pirates.

Tonight’s scheduled starter for State College is Ryan Hafner. He is a 19 year old 6′ 6″ right handed pitcher. The 2010 draft pick was chosen in the 17th round and signed in August for $450k. He was assigned to the GCL team where he made his pro debut shortly after joining the team. In two appearances he gave up 2 runs in 2 innings with 3 hits allowed, one walk and two strikeouts.

Jeff Locke starts one game of tomorrow’s doubleheader for Altoona. In his last six starts he has struck out 39 batters over just 31 innings. In his last three starts he has allowed just one earned run in each of them. He currently ranks 6th in the Eastern League in strikeouts with 70.

Justin Wilson, who starts tonight for Indianapolis, leads the International League in wins with eight.

Hafner makes his season debut for State College tonight

AAA: Indianapolis (33-35) @ Rochester (25-37) 1:05/7:05pm DH
Probable starter: Brian Burres (2-6 3.52) and Justin Wilson (8-3 3.45)

AA: Altoona (33-33) VS Harrisburg (37-28) 5:30pm DH
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (5-5 4.46) and Aaron Thompson (3-5 4.86)

High-A: Bradenton (27-40) VS Jupiter (32-35) 7:00pm 6/20
Probable starter: All-star break

Low-A: West Virginia (34-33) VS Lakewood (33-34) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (5-3 4.02)

Short Season A: State College (0-1) @ Williamsport (1-0) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Ryan Hafner (0-0 0.00)

VSL: VSL Pirates (18-10) VS VSL Mariners (18-11) 9:30am

DSL: DSL Pirates (10-4) VS DSL Red Sox (11-6) 10:30am

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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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