Minor League Schedule: 8/3/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Bradenton had off yesterday,they begin a three game series versus Ft Myers tonight. Indianapolis has off today, they return tomorrow for a four game series at home against Toledo.The VSL Pirates have just five games left in their season.

Locke has a 3.00 ERA since the EL all-star break

AAA: Indianapolis (58-54) VS Toledo (52-60) 7:05pm 8/4
Probable starter: Ross Ohlendorf (1-0 1.80)

Ross will make his 2nd rehab start with Indianapolis and his 5th overall rehab start. He pitched Friday night allowing one run on 3 hits, 3 walks and he recorded one strikeout in 5 innings of work. Overall in his 4 starts he has pitched 17.2 innings giving up 18 hits, 5 walks and he has struck out ten. He has an overall 1-0 3.57 record.

AA: Altoona (47-61) VS Binghamton (44-66) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (6-8 4.41)

Locke will make his 21st start of the year tonight, he has also made one relief appearance. He has pitched 112.1 innings this year, just 2.2 IP less than team leader, Aaron Pribanic. His team leading 102 strikeouts are 21 more than the next highest total. In his last start of Thursday night he gave up 2 earned runs over 5 innings. This year at home he is 2-5 4.59 in 9 games.

High-A: Bradenton (52-56 overall 22-16 2nd half) VS Ft Myers (49-59 overall 15-22 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (6-7 3.80)

Bradenton has a half game lead in their division for the 2nd half title with 31 games left. Monday night’s game was canceled and will not be played at a later date. Bradenton also is tied for the 2nd best overall record in their division. No starter is listed as of yet for tonight, Baker was originally supposed to start Monday so he may have been pushed back until tonight. If it changes we will update it.

Low-A: West Virginia (50-55 overall 15-22 2nd half) VS Greensboro (57-49 overall 17-19 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (1-0 2.37)

Eliecer will make his 3rd start of the season tonight. He started Friday night and went 4 innings allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits with no walks and 3 strikeouts. He has not walked a batter in his last 5 appearances covering 14.1 innings. He made 13 appearances(one start) with Bradenton this year and had a 1-2 6.12 record.

Short Season A: State College (15-30) @ Vermont (24-20) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Ryan Hafner (0-3 3.41)

Ryan will get his 8th start and 9th overall appearance for the Spikes tonight. He is 3rd on the team in both innings pitched(31.2) and strikeouts with twenty. In his last start on Friday he pitched just 2 innings allowing one run on two hits. The run he allowed came off a solo homer, the first HR he allowed in his pro career. His season high in strikeouts is four which he accomplished three games in a row from June 24-July 5.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (22-16) VS GCL Yankees (26-12) 12:00pm

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

VSL: VSL Pirates (37-30) VS VSL Tigers (27-39) 11:00am

The VSL Pirates are in first place and have a one game lead over the 2nd place Rays. Their season ends Saturday and five of the six teams in the league still have a chance for the playoffs.

DSL: DSL Pirates (33-18) VS DSL Mets2 (22-34) 10:30am

The DSL Pirates are in 2nd place, one half game 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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