Minor League Schedule: 8/6/11

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 playoff spot, a best of three series should begin Monday. I will be in Lakewood covering the West Virginia Power for the site this weekend into Monday night. Zack Dodson made the start for West Virginia last night while yesterday’s originally scheduled starter, Zack Von Rosenberg, was pushed back to today.

Brad Lincoln gave up 6 runs on 11 hits in 3 innings in his last outing

AAA: Indianapolis (59-55) VS Toledo (53-61) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Brad Lincoln (7-8 4.19)

Brad will get his 20th start of the season for Indy tonight. He is coming off a very bad start on Sunday in which he allowed 6 runs and 11 hits in just 3 innings. Prior to that he had allowed 3 or less earned runs in 7 of his 8 previous starts. He is the team leader in strikeouts with 94 and he is third in innings pitched, just 1.1 IP behind the team leader, Justin Wilson.

AA: Altoona (49-62) VS Trenton (57-55) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Aaron Pribanic (7-9 4.38)

Aaron will get his 22nd start of the year tonight. He has also made one relief appearance and in total he has thrown 115 innings this year, 4.1 IP behind team leader Jeff Locke. In his last start Aaron got hit hard, giving up six runs on 12 hits in just 3.1 innings. Prior to that in his previous start on July 26th he threw 7 shutout innings.

High-A: Bradenton (55-56 overall 25-16 2nd half) VS Jupiter (49-62 overall 17-24 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Brett Sinkbeil (2-6 5.53)

Bradenton has won 6 straight game and they are currently in 1st place in their division, two games ahead of Charlotte with 28 games left in the season. Overall on the year they have the 2nd best record in their division, 4 games behind 1st half champs, St. Lucie.

Low-A: West Virginia (53-56 overall 18-23 2nd half) @ Lakewood (55-53 overall 22-18 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 (18-30) VS Jamestown (26-22) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Trent Stevenson (0-0 6.43)

Trent will get his 2nd start with State College since being demoted from West Virginia. He gave up five runs in 3 innings on Monday. On July 28th he threw 4 scoreless innings in his 2011 debut with State College. While with West Virginia, Trent posted an 0-3 6.93 record in 22 games, three as a starter.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (23-18) VS GCL Blue Jays (17-24) 10:00am

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

VSL: VSL Pirates (39-32) VS VSL Phillies (32-37) 9:30am

The VSL Pirates are in first place and have a half game lead over the 2nd place Rays. Their season ends today.

DSL: DSL Pirates (35-19) VS DSL Dodgers (28-25) 10:30am

The DSL Pirates are in 2nd place, one 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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