Minor League Schedule: 6/18/12

Minor League Schedule: 6/18/12
John Dreker

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

Hanson will take part in the SAL All-Star game tomorrow night

Triple-A: Indianapolis (40-29) @ Gwinnett (37-34) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Rick VandenHurk (4-0 1.14)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 2 Charlotte 1 (Game story here)

Rick VandenHurk will make his fifth start for Indianapolis tonight. He has also made two relief appearances for Indy and a start for Bradenton. In his four Indy starts, Rick has gone 3-0 1.57 in 24 innings. On the year with the Indians, he has pitched 31.2 innings, giving up 22 hits, two homers, 12 walks and has 26 strikeouts with a 1.07 WHIP and a .196 BAA. In his last start on 6/12, Rick threw seven shutout innings.

Double-A: Altoona (31-36) VS New Britain (35-32) 7:00pm 6/19
Probable starter: Phil Irwin (0-4 4.58)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 15  Binghamton 6

Altoona is off today. They are in last place in their division, 11.5 games behind first place Akron. The Curve are 19-14 at home, 4-6 in their last ten and they have won two straight. Team leaders: Brock Holt .312 average. Quincy Latimore 6 homers, 27 RBI’s. Pitchers: Tim Alderson 3.08 ERA. Brandon Cumpton 81 IP, 7 wins, 47 SO, 1.10 WHIP.

High-A: Bradenton (27-40) VS St Lucie (48-17) 6:30pm
Probable starter:  TBD

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 (23-47) VS Lexington (39-30) 7:05pm 6/21
Probable starter: All-Star Break

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 5 Hagerstown 3

West Virginia is off today. They finished their first half in last place, 22.5 games behind division winner Greensboro. When the Power resume play on Thursday night, the team records will reset to 0-0 for the second half title run. Team leaders:  Alen Hanson .316 average.  Gregory Polanco/Hanson 10 homers. Willy Garcia 45 RBI’s. Pitchers: Matt Benedict 4 wins, 76.1 IP, 1.24 WHIP. Nick Kingham 56 SO.

Short Season A: State College (0-0) @ Williamsport (0-0) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Jason Creasy (0-0 0.00)

Jason Creasy will make the Opening Day start for State College. He was the eighth round pick of the Pirates in the 2011 draft. Jason pitched three games in the GCL last year, throwing a total of 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits, three runs(one earned), three walks and he struck out three batters.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (0-0) VS GCL Blue Jays (0-0) 12:00pm

The GCL Pirates open their season today.

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

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off

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

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off

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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