Minor League Schedule: 8/5/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. The VSL Pirates clinched a tie for 1st place and will play in the playoffs which should begin next Monday. I will be in Lakewood covering the West Virginia Power for the site this weekend into Monday night.

Kingham makes his 10th start tonight for the Spikes

AAA: Indianapolis (59-54) VS Toledo (52-61) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Rudy Owens (9-6 4.76)

Rudy has made 20 starts this season throwing a total of 109.2 innings. He is tied for the team lead in wins with Justin Wilson. Owens is third on the team in innings pitched, just 3.1 IP behind Wilson who leads Indianapolis. He gave up 5 runs in 6.2 innings in his last start but still collected the win. He faced Toledo on July 3rd and allowed 3 runs on 8 hits in 4.1 innings while striking out eight.

AA: Altoona (48-62) VS Trenton (57-54) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (5-3 2.88)

Kyle will get his 11th start with Altoona and his 23 overall start this season. Between Bradenton and the Curve he has pitched 128 innings,allowing just 20 walks, striking out 116 and he has posted a 9-4 2.88 record. In his last start on Saturday Kyle gave up just one run over 6.2 innings while striking out ten. He has made seven of his 10 starts with Altoona while on the road.

High-A: Bradenton (54-56 overall 24-16 2nd half) VS Ft Myers (49-61 overall 15-24 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jhonathan Ramos (3-3 2.64)

Ramos will make his 5th start of the year tonight. He has made 21 relief appearances with Bradenton and has an 0-3 3.19  record in that role. As a starter he is 3-0 1.61 over 22.1 innings. In his last start on Saturday he threw 7 shutout innings. Ramos also threw 5.2 scoreless innings during his July 20th start and in his only appearance with West Virginia this year he threw 5.1 scoreless innings in relief.

Low-A: West Virginia (52-56 overall 17-23 2nd half) @ Lakewood (55-52 overall 22-17 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Von Rosenberg (4-8 6.58)

Zack will make his 20th start of the year tonight, he has also made two relief appearances. He is the team leader in strikeouts with 82 and he has allowed just 15 walks all season including no walks in his last three starts. In his last start Sunday against this same Lakewood team he gave up 3 earned runs in 5 innings with 4 strikeouts. He also faced them on June 17th and got the win as he went 5.2 IP allowing 2 earned runs while striking out seven.

Short Season A: State College (17-30) VS Jamestown (26-20) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (2-2 3.15)

Nick will make his 10th start of the year tonight. He has seven outings so far this year in which he has allowed zero or one run, including all of his last 5 outings. In each of his last five outings he has allowed exactly 4 hits. In his last start on Sunday he gave up one run over 5 innings and he picked up his 2nd career win. At home this year he has a 1-1 3.32 record in 4 games. Nick is first on the team with 31 strikeouts and 2nd with 40 innings pitched.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (23-17) VS GCL Blue Jays (16-24) 12:00pm

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

VSL: VSL Pirates (39-31) VS VSL Reds (36-34) 11:00am

The VSL Pirates are in first place and have a two game lead over the 2nd place Rays. Their season ends Saturday and they are guaranteed at least a tie for first place.

DSL: DSL Pirates (35-19) VS DSL Royals (37-19) 10:30am

The DSL Pirates are in 2nd place, one game back of the DSL Royals who they play two more times this year including today. 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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