Minor League Schedule: 6/5/12

Zack Von Rosenberg has rejoined the West Virginia rotation after spending the first part of the year in Extended Spring Training. Coming into the season, he was ranked 16th overall in the Pirates Prospects 2012 Prospect Guide.  In Indianapolis tonight, Justin Wilson will face-off against Daisuke Matsuzaka, who carries a record of 0-2 3.33 into the game. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Von Rosenberg led WV in innings pitched last year

Triple-A: Indianapolis (34-23) @ Pawtucket (36-22) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (4-3 3.59)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 4 Syracuse 3

Justin Wilson will get his 12th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 57.2 innings, allowing 42 hits, 29 walks and has recorded 57 strikeouts, tops on the team. Justin has held opposing batters to a .204 average, which includes a .162 BAA from left-handed hitters. In his last start, he allowed three runs over 5.2 innings, giving up four hits, three walks and striking out six. On the road this year, Wilson is 2-2 4.55 in six starts, covering 31.2 innings. He went 2-0 4.23 in six May starts.

Double-A: Altoona (25-29) @ Reading (30-23) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Shairon Martis (3-1 3.60)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was off

Shairon Martis will make his fifth start this season. He also made four early season relief appearances for Indianapolis and three more for Altoona. In his starts, he has a 3-1 3.52 record with 23 innings pitched. In his last start on 5/30, Martis took his first loss of the season, going six innings, with five runs allowed on five hits and two walks. Two starts earlier, he allowed one earned run on one hit(a solo home run) over six innings pitched.

High-A: Bradenton (25-32) @ Daytona (24-31) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Hunter Strickland (2-2 3.06)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 14 Brevard County 7

Hunter Strickland will make his ninth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 35.1 innings, allowing 41 hits, six walks and he has recorded 17 strikeouts. In his last start on 5/31, Hunter allowed just one unearned run on seven hits over six innings. On the road this season, he has a 1-2 6.08 record in 13.1 innings over three starts. At home he has a 1.23 ERA in five starts. Strickland had a 2.08 ERA in April, 3.63 in May.

Low-A: West Virginia (19-39) VS Delmarva (22-35) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Von Rosenberg (2012 debut)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 5 Delmarva 4

Zack Von Rosenberg will make his first start of the season tonight. He has been in extended Spring Training up until now working on his fastball command down in the zone. Zack pitched all last season for West Virginia, going 5-9 5.73 in 25 starts and two relief appearances. In 125.2 innings, he gave up 143 hits, 19 homers, just 23 walks and he struck out a team high of 114 batters.

DSL: Pirates1 (1-1) VS Mets2 (0-2) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5 Rangers 10

DSL: Pirates2 (1-1) VS Mets1 (0-2) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 6 Cubs 3

Author: 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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