Minor League Schedule: 4/17/12

Two top ranked Pirates pitchers make starts tonight. Justin Wilson, ranked 14th overall in the Pirates system, goes for Indianapolis, while Colton Cain (ranked 12th) gets the start for Bradenton. Indianapolis begins a four game series at home against Columbus tonight. Two of the games will be early starts, including a morning start time on Thursday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Justin Wilson has 13 strikeouts this season

Triple-A: Indianapolis (5-6) VS Columbus (7-5) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (1-1 3.09)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 2 Toledo 9(game story)

Justin Wilson will be making his third start of the season tonight. He went 6.2 innings in his last start on 4/11, allowing one run on five hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. In his first start on 4/6, he gave up three runs in five innings, allowing just two hits but walking six batters. He also recorded six strikeouts. Wilson spent all of last season with Indianapolis where he went 10-8 4.13 in 124.1 innings. He made 21 starts and nine relief appearances. Justin pitched four times for the Pirates during Spring Training. In 5.2 innings, he gave up two runs, walked seven and struck out six.

Double-A: Altoona (5-5) @ Harrisburg (7-5) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Michael Colla (0-1 7.00)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 5 Richmond 2

Michael Colla has made two starts this season. On 4/12 he went five innings, allowing six runs(four earned) on nine hits and one walk. One week earlier, he gave up three runs in four innings. In that first start, he allowed five hits and two walks. Colla has struck out five batters in nine innings this season. Last season, he pitched for Altoona all year, going 5-11 3.70 in 133.2 innings with 109 strikeouts.

High-A: Bradenton (5-6) VS Palm Beach (4-7) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Colton Cain (0-0 1.04)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 3 Palm Beach 0

Colton Cain will be making his third start of the season tonight. On 4/12, he pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits, one walk and he struck out two batters. One week earlier, he gave up two runs(one earned) in 3.2 innings, allowing four hits, four walks and he recorded four strikeouts. Last season for West Virginia, he went 6-8 3.64 in 106.1 innings with 81 strikeouts.

Low-A: West Virginia (5-7) VS Asheville (8-4) 7:05pm

Probable starter: Matt Benedict (1-1 0.00)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 16 Greenville 0

Matt Benedict will make his third start of the season tonight. He hasn’t allowed an earned run yet, although he has given up runs in each of his two starts. On 4/7 he went 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on three hits, three walks and he struck out seven. On 4/12 he picked up the win as he pitched five innings, giving up one run on five hits, one walk and he recorded four strikeouts. Last year he made 15 starts for State College, going 5-3 3.79 in 71.1 innings.

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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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