Minor League Schedule: 6/10/12

Rudy Owens gets the start today for Indianapolis. He is second in the International League in ERA and his 0.96 WHIP ranks him fifth in the league, just .03 behind the second place total. Indianapolis has a six game lead in their division. State College and the GCL Pirates each open their season in eight days. Both DSL teams are off today. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Owens has allowed three or less runs in each of his last ten starts

Triple-A: Indianapolis (35-27) VS Rochester (29-33) 1:15pm
Probable starter: Rudy Owens (4-2 2.35)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 0 Rochester 2

Rudy Owens will make his 12th start of the season today. He has pitched a total of 72.2 innings, allowing 60 hits, nine homers, ten walks and he has 51 strikeouts. Owens gave up two runs in six innings during his last start, issuing a season high of three walks. He has a .225 BAA, which is actually higher from left-handed batters(.231 vs .222). He has made six home starts this season, going 3-1 2.27 in 39.2 innings.

Double-A: Altoona (28-32) @ Akron (38-20) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Shairon Martis (4-1 2.84)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 1 Akron 2

Shairon Martis will make his sixth start of the season. He has also made seven relief appearances. On the year, he has pitched a total of 46.1 innings, allowing 32 hits and 16 walks, while striking out 30 batters. As a starter, he has a 4-1 record with a 2.61 ERA in 31 innings. Batters are hitting just .193 against him on the season, although he has allowed eight homers. In his last start on 6/5, Martis threw 8 shutout innings against Reading on the road.

High-A: Bradenton (26-36) VS Jupiter (30-32) 5:00pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (4-2 4.45)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 5 Jupiter 13

Tyler Waldron will make his tenth straight start after opening the season with two relief appearances. He has pitched a total of 60.2 innings, allowing 72 hits, five homers, 14 walks and he has 45 strikeouts. In his last start, Tyler lasted just four innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits and four walks. In his previous two starts, Waldron pitched a total of 14 innings, allowing three earned runs, while striking out 15 batters. Left-handed batters are hitting .364 against him.

Low-A: West Virginia (20-42) @ Asheville (42-20) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (4-3 2.93)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 9 Asheville 5

Matt Benedict will start for the 13th time this season. He has pitched a total of 67.2 innings, allowing 60 hits, just one homer, 17 walks and he has recorded 42 strikeouts. In his last start on 6/4, Matt pitched 5.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks. He has gone at least five innings in each of his last ten starts. Batters are hitting .239 against him and he has a 1.51 GO/AO ratio. On the road this year, Benedict has a 1.27 ERA in four starts.

DSL: Pirates1 (4-3) VS Red Sox (5-2) 10:30am 6/11

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 1 Red Sox 4

DSL: Pirates2 (3-4) VS Giants (4-3) 10:30am 6/11

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5 Giants 8

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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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