Minor League Schedule: 5/21/12

Jeff Karstens will get a rehab start tonight for Altoona. He hasn’t pitched in a game since April 18th.  He is scheduled to get three innings of work. Indianapolis has a half game lead in their division. They are the only affiliate with a winning record. The Dominican Summer League starts their schedule in twelve days. The Pirates will have two affiliates in the league this year, eliminating the Venezuelan Summer League team in the process. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Karstens gets the start in Altoona tonight.

Triple-A: Indianapolis (23-20) @ Buffalo (26-18) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Daniel Cabrera (1-1 2.78)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 4 Buffalo 1 (game story here)

Daniel Cabrera will make his fifth start for Indianapolis tonight. He also made one start for Bradenton earlier in the year. For Indianapolis, he has pitched a total of 22.2 innings, allowing 24 hits, seven walks and he has twelve strikeouts. In his last start, he gave up one run over six innings of work. It was the second straight start in which he put up those same numbers. Daniel has allowed just one homer in his 28.2 total innings.

Double-A: Altoona (19-22) VS Harrisburg (23-19) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Jeff Karstens (NR)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 5 Erie 0

Jeff Karstens will make a rehab start for Altoona tonight. He has been on the disabled list since April 18th with right shoulder inflammation. Before going on the DL, he made three starts for the Pirates. He allowed one run in six innings on 4/7 against the Phillies. Jeff then allowed three runs in five innings against the Dodgers on 4/12. In his last start, he threw just one inning before leaving the game.

High-A: Bradenton (19-24) VS Lakeland (22-19) 10:00am
Probable starter:  Hunter Strickland (2-1 4.42)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 1 Dunedin 4

Hunter Strickland will make his sixth start of the season and his third since returning from being hit by a line drive on 4/21. Hunter has pitched a total of 18.1 innings this year, allowing 23 hits, just three walks and eleven strikeouts. In his last start on 5/16, he gave up four runs on seven hits and two homers in 2.1 innings. On 4/15, Strickland threw six scoreless innings against Palm Beach.

Low-A: West Virginia (13-29) @ Lexington (22-20) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Ryan Hafner (0-3 8.24)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 5 Greenville 6 in 10 innings

Ryan Hafner will make his sixth start of the season tonight. He has thrown a total of 19.2 innings, allowing 26 hits, 14 walks and he has ten strikeouts. In his last start on 5/16 against Lexington, Ryan allowed seven runs on seven hits and four walks in 3.2 innings. It was the second time he has allowed seven runs in a game this season. Hafner has a 2.07 ground out to air out ratio. Left-handed batters are hitting .194 against him, righties are batting .435 with three homers

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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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