Minor League Schedule: 4/12/12

Altoona was rained out last night. The game against Akron will be made up on June 23rd as part of a doubleheader. The Curve now go on the road for the first time this season, starting a four game series in Richmond. Two top ranked pitching prospects make starts today. Jeff Locke, ranked 11th overall in the 2012 Prospect Guide and Colton Cain ranked 12th, each get their second start of the season. Indianapolis plays a late morning game today. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Colton Cain goes for his first win tonight for Bradenton

Triple-A: Indianapolis (3-2) @ Columbus (4-2) 11:35am
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (0-0 4.50)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 8 Columbus 6 (game story here)

Jeff Locke gets his second start of the season today. He went four innings during his 2012 debut on 4/7 against Toledo, allowing two runs on eight hits and no walks. He struck out four batters. Locke pitched at three levels last year, finishing his season in the majors, where he went 0-3 6.48 in four September starts. Between Altoona and Indy last season he combined for a record of 8-10 3.70 in 153.1 innings with 139 strikeouts.

Double-A: Altoona (3-2) @ Richmond (3-4) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Michael Colla (0-0 6.75)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was rained out

Michael Colla will get his second start of the season tonight. He was scheduled to start last night but bad weather postponed the game and pushed his start back to today. In his first outing on 4/5 against Erie, he went 4 innings, allowing three runs on five hits, two walks and he struck out three. He spent all of last season at Altoona where he went 5-11 3.70 in 133.2 innings. Colla made 23 starts last season after pitching only in relief during his first three seasons of pro ball. He struck out 109 batters and held opponents to a .229 average.

High-A: Bradenton (2-4) @ Fort Myers (3-3) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Colton Cain (0-0 2.45)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 4 Palm Beach 10

Colton Cain will be making his second start of the season tonight. He went 3.2 innings his first start on 4/5 against St Lucie. Cain allowed two runs(one earned) on four hits and four walks while striking out four hitters. Last season for West Virginia, he went 6-8 3.64 in 106.1 innings with 81 strikeouts.

Low-A: West Virginia (1-6) VS Greenville (4-3) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (0-1 0.00)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 6 Asheville 10

West Virginia has now lost five straight games. Today’s starter, Matt Benedict, went 4.2 innings during his first start of the season on 4/7 against Hagerstown. He allowed three unearned runs on three hits and three walks. He also struck out seven batters. Matt was a 30th round draft pick last year, who spent the season at State College where he went 5-3 3.79 in 15 starts.

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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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