Minor League Schedule: 6/30/12

Colton Cain gets the start tonight for Bradenton at home against Palm Beach. He has pitched well in his last two outings, allowing just five hits over 11.2 innings. Right-handed batters are hitting only .206 against the lefty, while left-handed batters are hitting a surprisingly high, .308 against him. Colton issued four walks in his first game of the year and hasn’t allowed more than two walks in any of his other ten outings. Of the nine games played within the entire Pirates organization, only State College lost last night. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Cain has a 3.94 home ERA this year

Triple-A: Indianapolis (50-31) @ Louisville (31-52) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Daniel Cabrera (3-3 4.78)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 4 Toledo 2

Daniel Cabrera will make his 12th start of the season for Indianapolis tonight. He has pitched a total of 58.1 innings, allowing 67 hits, two homers, 22 walks and he has 36 strikeouts. In his last start, Daniel allowed four runs in four innings, giving up four hits, five walks and he struck out six. He faced Louisville on 5/6, allowing two runs over seven innings, getting a no-decision.

Double-A: Altoona (37-41) @ Binghamton (36-42) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Tim Alderson (3-3 4.15)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 11 Harrisburg 3

Tim Alderson will make his eighth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched nine times in relief for Altoona, as well as twice for Indianapolis. With Altoona, Tim has pitched a total of 56.1 innings, allowing 61 hits, five homers, 14 walks and he has 38 strikeouts. He has a 2.65 ERA as a relievers and a 4.81 mark in 39.1 innings as a starter. In Tim’s last start, he allowed seven runs on eight hits and three walks in 5.2 innings.

High-A: Bradenton (32-45 overall 4-4 2nd half) VS Palm Beach (34-42 overall 3-6 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Colton Cain (2-4 4.83)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 7 Palm Beach 5

Colton Cain will make his 12th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 50.1 innings, allowing 46 hits, seven homers, 16 walks and he has 35 strikeouts. Colton has a 1.09 GO/AO ratio and a .240 BAA.  Since coming back from a month off due to a right groin strain, Cain has gone 1-1 4.15  in four June starts. He threw six shutout innings in his last outing.

Low-A: West Virginia (28-51 overall 5-4 2nd half) @ Delmarva (28-49 overall 0-8 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-4 5.23)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 7 Delmarva 2

Nick Kingham will make his 16th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 63.2 innings, allowing 68 hits, 12 homers, 28 walks and he has 59 strikeouts. In his last start, he gave up three runs on five hits over five innings. Nick faced Delmarva on 6/6, going 4.1 innings with two runs allowed, both coming off solo home runs. He is the team leader in strikeouts.

Short Season A: State College (7-5) @ Mahoning Valley (5-7) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Jake Burnette (0-1 6.43)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 2 Mahoning Valley 3

Jake Burnette will make his third start of the season tonight. In his first game, he allowed two runs on four hits in three innings, then followed it up with three runs on four hits and three walks in four innings. He was a seventh round draft pick in 2011. Jake pitched one inning for the GCL Pirates after signing last year, allowing an unearned run on one hit and a walk.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (5-4) VS GCL Blue Jays (1-8) 10:00am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 6 Blue Jays 4

DSL: Pirates1 (13-11) VS Yankees2 (7-17) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5 Mets 4

DSL: Pirates2 (12-12) VS DBacks/Reds (3-21) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 10 Nationals 5

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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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