Minor League Schedule: 6/7/12

Minor League Schedule: 6/7/12
John Dreker

Jeff Karstens had his rehab start pushed back until today. It is the second time in a row his start was pushed back a day and each time Rick VandenHurk made the start. Colton Cain returns after missing a month with a right groin strain. West Virginia has off today. They resume their schedule tomorrow night in Asheville, the start of a six game road trip. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Colton Cain returns to the mound tonight for Bradenton

Triple-A: Indianapolis (34-25) @ Pawtucket (38-22) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jeff Karstens (0-2 4.82)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 5 Pawtucket 6

Jeff Karstens will make his fourth rehab start tonight. He will be fully stretched out and if there are no issues, he should return to the Pirates for his next start. He has made two starts for Indianapolis after making one for Altoona, when he threw three shutout innings in his first game back from injury. Jeff went on the disabled list on April 18th with right shoulder inflammation. In his last start, which was pushed back one day due to a long rain delay prior to the start of his scheduled game, Karstens went five innings, allowed six runs(two earned) on six hits and one walk. He had six strikeouts in that game after recording just three in his first two starts.

Double-A: Altoona (27-30) @ Reading (31-24) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (3-6 5.40)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 2 Reading 7

Nate Baker will make his 11th start of the season. He also made one relief appearance. On the year, he has pitched a total of 51.2 innings, allowing 49 hits, 32 walks and 28 strikeouts. Last season, in 148.1 innings, he gave up just 51 walks. Nate hasn’t been able to get through five innings in any of his last three starts, allowing a total of ten runs in 12.1 innings. Left-handed batters are hitting .214 against him, with no homers.

High-A: Bradenton (25-34) @ Daytona (26-31) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Colton Cain (1-3 5.18)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 0 Daytona 4

Colton Cain will make his first start since May 9th, he has been out with a right groin strain. On the year he has made seven starts, pitching a total of 33 innings, with 35 hits allowed, five homers, twelve walks and he has recorded 24 strikeouts. In his last start, Cain gave up five runs on six hits and one walk in 5.1 innings. He has made two starts on the road this season, the first he threw five shutout innings, the second he allowed seven runs in just four innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (19-41) @ Asheville (40-18) 7:05pm 6/8
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (1-4 5.36)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 2 Delmarva 4

West Virginia currently sits in last place in their division, 22 games behind Greensboro, with just ten games left in the first half of the season. The South Atlantic League has first and second half champs, with the records resetting back to 0-0 on June 21st after the league resumes following the SAL All-Star break. The Power have a 5-25 record away from home this season.

DSL: Pirates1 (2-2) VS Yankees2 (2-2) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 7 Mets 5

DSL: Pirates2 (2-2) VS Yankees1 (3-1) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 8 Mets 3

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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