Minor League Schedule: 7/20/11

Minor League Schedule: 7/20/11
John Dreker

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. West Virginia had off yesterday as they traveled to Savannah for a three game series which starts tonight. The DSL team has off today and resumes their schedule Thursday morning. Please take note of the early morning start time for Bradenton,the noon start time for Altoona and the early afternoon start for Indianapolis. All three rookie league teams are in first place. ***UPDATE: Zack Von Rosenberg(3-7 7.58) is starting for West Virginia tonight***

Lincoln looks for his 8th win today

AAA: Indianapolis (50-48) VS Charlotte (48-50) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Brad Lincoln (7-7 3.95)

Lincoln will make his 17 start for Indy today, he also made one start in the majors. In his start last Friday he gave up 3 runs on eight hits in six innings. He has walked just 16 batters in 95.2 innings while striking out a team high 85 hitters. His 1.17 WHIP is 7th in the International League and his strikeout totals ranks him 12th.

AA: Altoona (39-56) VS Akron (51-46) 12:05pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (3-3 3.26)

Kyle will make his 8th start since being promoted from Bradenton and his 20th overall start on the year. Between his two stops he has a 7-4 3.02 record with 97 strikeouts in 110.1 innings. He gave up just one run in 6 innings in his last start on Friday night. That start followed up his worst AA start when he gave up 4 runs in six innings.

High-A: Bradenton (45-51 overall 15-11 2nd half) VS Dayton (50-44 overall 11-13 2nd half) 10:00am
Probable starter: Jhonathan Ramos (1-3 3.04)

Ramos will make just his 2nd start of the season today. He gave up just one run in five innings in his only start on Friday night. After starting his first 27 career games in the VSL, this will be just his 8th start since the beginning of 2009.

Low-A: West Virginia (44-49 overall 9-16 2nd half) @ Savannah (54-40 overall 15-10 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: (TBD)

West Virginia currently sits in last place for the 2nd half division title, eight games behind 1st place Hickory, the team that also won the 1st half. No starter has been named for tonight’s game yet.

Short Season A: State College (9-23) @ Mahoning Valley (18-14) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-2 3.96)

Kingham picked up his first professional win in his last start on Friday night. He went 5 shutout innings, allowing just 4 hits, no walks and he struck out one. It was his second outing this year in which he has thrown 5 shutout innings with his first one coming on June 27 vs tonight’s opponent, Mahoning Valley. His 21 strikeouts leads the team.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (18-8) VS GCL Phillies (15-11) 12:00pm

The GCL Pirates are in 1st place, two games ahead of the Yankees.

VSL: VSL Pirates (32-23) VS VSL Phillies (24-30) 11:00am

The VSL Pirates are in first place and have a 1/2 game lead over the 2nd place Rays.

DSL: DSL Pirates (27-16) VS DSL Astros (13-26) 10:30am 7/21

The DSL Pirates are in 1st place, 1 game ahead of the DSL Royals

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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