Minor League Schedule: 8/17/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Altoona will play a doubleheader today. State College returns from their all-star break today. They will play the next 19 days in a row to finish off their season. The DSL team finishes off a postponed game before playing their regularly scheduled game today. Please note the early afternoon start time for Indianapolis.

Von Rosenberg has thrown shutout ball in three of his last five outings

AAA: Indianapolis (65-60) VS Louisville (64-61) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Brian Burres (4-8 4.76)

Indianapolis is in 2nd place in their division, 14 games back of Columbus, who they play 4 more times this season. In the wildcard standings they are in 3rd place, 5 games behind 1st place Lehigh Valley. They have 19 games left this season.

AA: Altoona (55-65) VS New Hampshire (67-54) 5:30pm DH
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (6-4 3.03) and (TBD)

McPherson will make his 13th start with Altoona tonight. He has so far made 12 starts with both the Curve and with Bradenton for a combined record of 10-5 2.96 with 127 strikeouts over 140 innings with just 22 walks. Both his strikeout total and innings total lead the entire Pirates minor league system.

High-A: Bradenton (61-59 overall 31-19 2nd half) @ Charlotte (57-63 overall 27-24 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (3-0 0.68)

Waldron will make his 4th appearance for Bradenton since being promoted from West Virginia. He has allowed just 1 run in 13.1 innings since the promotion. In his last start he threw 6 shutout innings allowing 4 hits, no walks and he struck out three. Combined between both teams on the season he has a 10-6 4.32 record with 29 walks and 72 strikeouts in 110.1 innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (57-62 overall 21-29 2nd half) @ Kannapolis (67-51 overall 30-20 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Von Rosenberg (4-9 5.98)

Zack will get his 22nd start of the season tonight. He has thrown shutout ball in three of his last 5 outings and has allowed a combined 4 earned runs in those other two games. He is the team leader in strikeouts with 92 and he has walked just 19 batters all season. Zack has pitched much better on the road this season posting a 4.90 ERA in 13 games, all as a starter.

Short Season A: State College (22-34) @ Hudson Valley (27-29) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (2-2 2.65)

Nick will be making his 12th start of the season tonight. He has allowed more than one earned run in just two of his outings this year. In his last 7 starts combined he has given up just 5 earned runs. He is first on the team in strikeouts with 36 and 2nd in innings pitched, just 1/3 of an inning behind team leader, Matt Benedict. Nick is also the team leader in ERA and he ranks 6th in the NYPL.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (29-21) VS GCL Yankees (21-27) 12:00pm

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 (40-26) VS DSL Dodgers (37-28) 10:30am

The DSL Pirates are in 2nd place, 3.5 games back of the DSL Royals. 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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