Minor League Schedule: 8/11/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Both Bradenton and the GCL Pirates were rained out yesterday. Both will make up those games today. The VSL Pirates season is over. The DSL Pirates had off yesterday and resume their schedule today. Their season ends next Friday. Please take note of the early start time for Indianapolis today.

Dodson, on Friday, picked up his first win since April 30

AAA: Indianapolis (62-57) @ Columbus (74-44) 12:05pm
Probable starter: Brian Burres (3-8 4.94)

Indianapolis is in 2nd place in their division but 13.5 games back of Columbus, who they finish a two game series with today. In the wildcard standings they are in 4th place 5 games behind 1st place Lehigh Valley. They have 24 games left this season and after today’s game they will play 8 straight games against Louisville.

AA: Altoona (52-63) @ New Britian (56-60) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (6-3 2.84)

Kyle will make his 12th start tonight for Altoona. He also made 12 prior starts with Bradenton. In his last start on Friday night he gave up 2 runs over 7 innings and picked up his 4th straight win. On the year he has a 10-4 2.87 record with 122 strikeouts and 21 walks in 135 innings. He leads the entire organization in strikeouts, eight more than 2nd place Jeff Locke.

High-A: Bradenton (58-57 overall 28-17 2nd half) @ Ft Myers (52-63 overall 18-27 2nd half) 5:05pm DH
Probable starter: Jhonathan Ramos (4-3 3.23) and Brett Lorin (7-5 2.59)

Ramos will make his 6th start tonight. He started the season by pitching his first 22 games in relief. As a starter this year he has a 4-0 3.29 record. He has pitched 75 total innings this season allowing 20 walks and 48 strikeouts. He got the win in his last start on Friday night despite allowing 8 runs, 6 of them earned. Lorin will make his first start since July 29th when he threw 6 shutout innings. Prior to that he threw 12 innings over 2 starts allowing just 2 runs and 4 hits. He is the team leader in wins and strikeouts.

Low-A: West Virginia (54-59 overall 19-26 2nd half) VS Charleston (45-70 overall 19-26 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (3-3 3.10)

Zack will get his 9th start of the season with West Virginia and his 16th start overall. Before his start last Friday, he had last pitched with WV on May 12th when he gave up 2 runs in 5.2 IP to Charleston. After recovering from a hand injury, he made seven starts between the GCL Pirates and State College. His combined record between the three spots is 3-5 3.63 in 67 innings with 18 walks allowed and 51 strikeouts.

Short Season A: State College (21-32) VS Aberdeen (19-33) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Trent Stevenson (0-1 5.25)

Trent will make his 3rd start and 4th overall appearance with State College. He started the year with West Virginia where he went 0-3 6.93 in 22 games, 3 as a starter. On Sunday he allowed 2 runs in 5 innings on 5 hits, no walks and 2 strikeouts. In 61.1 total innings this year he has allowed 80 hits, 14 walks and has struck out 28.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (25-19) VS GCL Braves (17-25) 11:00am DH

The GCL Pirates are currently in 2nd place, 3.5 games back in the standings.

VSL: VSL Pirates (40-32)

The VSL Pirates have finished their season. They won the VSL pennant for a sixth straight year.

DSL: DSL Pirates (37-21) VS DSL Astros (21-34) 10:30am

The DSL Pirates are in 2nd place, two games back of the DSL Royals who they play two more times this year. Their season ends on August 19th.

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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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