Minor League Schedule: 6/27/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Both the GCL and the VSL Pirates teams had off yesterday. They each resume their schedule today versus the Phillies affiliates in their respective leagues. Justin Wilson was originally scheduled to pitch yesterday but he has been moved back to tonight.

Kingham makes his 3rd start tonight

AAA: Indianapolis (39-38) VS Pawtucket (39-36) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (9-4 3.82)

AA: Altoona (34-40) @ Harrisburg (43-31) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Michael Colla (4-3 3.31)

Michael Colla starts tonight for Altoona. He set a career high with 7 innings pitched in his last start when he held New Hampshire to just one run on Tuesday night. He has a 3-3 3.20 line since moving to the starting role at the end of April. He has held his opponents to a .220 BAA on the year in 59 innings.

High-A: Bradenton (34-40) @ St Lucie (40-33) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Brett Sinkbeil (1-2 4.56)

Low-A: West Virginia (37-35) VS Lexington (37-37) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zac Fuesser (2-2 2.20)

Zac Fuesser gets his third start of the season tonight for West Virginia. He went nine innings total in his first two starts allowing four earned runs. In relief he has posted a 1.75 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 36 innings. His overall ERA is second on the team only trailing Kevin Decker. Zac has pitched the 5th most innings on the team and most among relief pitchers.

Short Season A: State College (2-8) @ Mahoning Valley (7-3) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (0-2 6.75)

Nick Kingham makes his 3rd start of the season tonight for State College. He has had very different results in his first two starts going just 3 innings with five runs allowed in his opening day assignment. He followed that up with five strong innings Wednesday night in which he allowed just one run on five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (4-2) VS GCL Phillies (4-2) 12:00pm

VSL: VSL Pirates (21-14) VS VSL Phillies (15-21) 11:00am

DSL: DSL Pirates (14-8) VS DSL Red Sox (16-9) 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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