Minor League Schedule: 6/19/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. 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. West Virginia begins their all-star break following today’s game. Their next game will be Thursday in Hickory. The VSL team has off today, they are currently a 1/2 game back of the 1st place Mariners in the standings.

Taillon takes the hill today for WV as they go into the all-star break

Jameson Taillon makes the start today for West Virginia. It is the 11th pro start for the 19 year old 2nd overall pick from the 2010 draft. Over his first ten pro starts he pitched 42.2 innings so far. The total seems low but you have to consider he is limited to a max of 5 innings in each start which he has done 4 times and two of his starts were rain shortened. After walking 2 batters his first start, he has walked just two more batters in the other nine games combined.

In six of his ten starts he has allowed three or fewer hits with his low being his June 9th start I attended in which he allowed just one weak broken bat infield single. His last start he fanned a career high eight batters. Among starters on the WV staff only Colton Cain has a lower WHIP than Jameson’s 1.03 mark.

Brad Lincoln makes his 13th start of the season today. He leads all Indianapolis starters with a 1.13 WHIP and his 59 strikeouts lead the team as well. He has walked just 13 batters all year, never allowing more than two in one game. In his last two starts Lincoln has allowed one run in each game covering 13 total innings.

AAA: Indianapolis (34-36) @ Rochester (26-38) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Brad Lincoln (5-6 4.09)

AA: Altoona (33-35) VS Harrisburg (39-28) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Phillip Irwin (AA debut)

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

Low-A: West Virginia (35-33) VS Lakewood (33-35) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (2-1 3.16)

Short Season A: State College (0-2) VS Williamsport (2-0) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (0-0 0.00)

VSL: VSL Pirates (18-11) VS VSL Reds (14-15) 11:00am 6/20

DSL: DSL Pirates (11-4) VS DSL Royals (10-7) 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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