Minor League Schedule: 6/17/12

Bradenton is off today, the last day of their All-Star break. They resume their schedule Monday. West Virginia begins their All-Star break after today’s game. Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco and Matt Benedict were all chosen for the South Atlantic League All-Star game, which will be played Tuesday night. State College and the GCL Pirates open their schedule tomorrow. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Justin Wilson has a 1.84 ERA in day games this year

Triple-A: Indianapolis (39-29) @ Charlotte (41-29) 2:15pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (5-4 3.80)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 4 Charlotte 5 in 11 innings

Justin Wilson will make his 14th start of the season. He has pitched a total of 68.1 innings, allowing 55 hits, seven homers, 33 walks and he has recorded 68 strikeouts. Wilson pitched seven scoreless innings in his last start, giving up four hits and no walks, with six strikeouts. Batters are hitting .217 against him on the year, .175 from the left side. Justin ranks eighth in the International League in strikeouts. Wilson has a 5.55 ERA in seven road starts, 1.91 at home.

Double-A: Altoona (30-36) @ Binghamton (31-33) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Shairon Martis (4-2 3.67)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 7 Binghamton 1

Shairon Martis will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He has also made seven relief appearances, four of them while with Indianapolis. Martis has pitched a total of 50 innings this year, allowing 40 hits, eight homers, 18 walks and he has struck out 33 batters. With Altoona, batters are hitting .215 against him with a 1.21 GO/AO ratio. As a starter, Shairon is 4-2 3.63 in 34.2 innings. In his last start, he allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks, in 3.2 innings.

High-A: Bradenton (27-40) VS St Lucie (48-17) 6:30pm 6/18
Probable starter: All-Star Break

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was off

Bradenton is in last place in their division, eliminated from the first half title. The league records reset after 70 games for the second half title run. The Marauders have a 16-17 home record, 11-23 road record. They are 2-8 in their last ten games and they broke a five game losing streak with their win in the last game before the break.

Low-A: West Virginia (22-47) VS Hagerstown (42-26) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-4 5.57)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 2 Hagerstown 1 in 10 innings

Nick Kingham will make his 14th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 53.1 innings, allowing 59 hits, 12 homers, 17 walks and he has struck out 49 batters. After posting an 8.59 ERA in April, Nick rebounded for a 2.84 mark in May, only to see it rise to 7.43 in his three June starts. He has a 2.96 ERA at home this season, 7.76 in eight road starts. He has made it through five complete innings in just five of his starts this year, and none of his last three.

DSL: Pirates1 (8-5) VS Mets2 (7-6) 10:30am 6/18

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 9 Mets 6

DSL: Pirates2 (6-7) VS Phillies (6-7) 10:30am 6/18

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 2 Phillies 3

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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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