Minor League Schedule: 7/12/12

Both Indianapolis and Altoona return from their All-Star break tonight. Indy has a doubleheader. Jeff Locke gets the start for Indy tonight in game one. He currently ranks sixth in the International League in ERA, one spot behind teammate Rudy Owens. Locke also ranks tenth in the league in strikeouts and his 1.19 WHIP ranks 11th(Owens ranks sixth, while Justin Wilson ranks 8th). A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Locke gets the start for the first place Indians tonight

Triple-A: Indianapolis (56-34) vs Columbus (45-45) 6:05pm DH 
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (7-4 2.92) and Jo-Jo Reyes (5-1 2.05)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis was off.

Jeff Locke will make his 17th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 95.2 innings, giving up 91 hits, seven homers, 23 walks and he has recorded 84 strikeouts. In his last start on 7/4, he allowed one run on one hit in seven innings.  At home this year, Jeff is 6-2 2.36 in eight starts. In the other game, Jo-Jo Reyes is listed as the probable. He has been on the disabled list since the end of May. Reyes made eight starts and one relief appearance before going on the DL, pitching a total of 44 innings, allowing 43 hits, three homers, ten walks and he has 34 strikeouts. On 5/7, he threw a complete game shutout at home against Lehigh Valley.

Double-A: Altoona (43-45) @ Akron (52-38) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Tim Alderson (4-3 3.71)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was off

Tim Alderson will make his tenth start of the season tonight. He has also pitched 11 times in relief, two of those games coming while he was with Indianapolis. Tim as a starter is 3-2 4.06 in 51 innings. In his last outing, he threw 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and four walks. On the road this year, he is 2-1 4.05 in four starts and three relief appearances. He faced Akron on 6/25, giving up seven earned runs in 5.2 innings.

High-A: Bradenton (41-49 overall 12-8 2nd half) vs Brevard County (39-48 overall 10-9 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (5-6 5.40)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 5  Brevard County 2

Tyler Waldron will make his 16th start and 18th overall appearance. In 85 innings, he has allowed 111 hits, eight homers, twenty walks and has recorded 58 strikeouts. In his last start, he allowed one run on five hits and two walks in six innings. Tyler has a 1.34 GO/AO ratio. At home this year, he is 4-2 4.63 in 50.1 innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (33-57 overall 10-10 2nd half) @ Rome (31-59 overall 13-7 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (3-5 5.73)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 8 Rome 4 (completion of Tuesday night’s game) West Virginia 2 Rome 8

Zack Dodson will make his 18th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 77 innings, allowing 96 hits, nine homers, 31 walks and he has 52 strikeouts. In his last start, Zack went six innings, giving up three runs(all unearned) on six hits and no walks with six strikeouts. On the road this year, he is 1-5 7.80 in 11 starts. Since the SAL All-Star break, he is 2-0 4.58 in four starts.

Short Season A: State College (12-11) vs Staten Island (9-14) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Jake Burnette (1-2 4.24)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 3 Staten Island 2 (Game story)

Jake Burnette will make his fifth start of the year tonight. He has pitched 17 innings, allowing 18 hits, two homers, four walks and he has eight strikeouts. In his last start, Jake went five innings, giving up one run on five hits and no walks. In his previous start, he went five innings for the first time as a pro, allowing two runs on five hits and no walks.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (10-10) VS GCL Blue Jays (6-15) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 4 Blue Jays 3

DSL: Pirates1 (19-15) VS Yankees2 (9-25) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5 Mets 6 in 11 innings

DSL: Pirates2 (14-20) VS Giants (17-17) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 3 Yankees 7

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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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