Minor League Schedule: 7/17/12

Minor League Schedule: 7/17/12
John Dreker

Jeff Locke gets the start tonight for Indianapolis. At the All-Star break, Locke, along with Justin Wilson and Rudy Owens, all had 7-4 records. Locke lost his first start after the break, while Wilson got a no-decision and Owens won last night, in each of their first post-AS starts. West Virginia was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader today consisting of 2 seven inning games. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Zack had his scheduled start rained out last night

Triple-A: Indianapolis (60-36) vs Gwinnett (44-53) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (7-5 2.95)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 7 Gwinnett 5 (Game story)

Jeff Locke will be making his 18th start of the year tonight. He has pitched a total of 100.2 innings, allowing 99 hits, eight homers, 25 walks and he has 87 strikeouts. Jeff allowed four runs(two earned) on eight hits over five innings in his last start. He faced Gwinnett on 6/19, allowing one run over six innings, on eight hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. Jeff ranks fifth in the International League in ERA and tenth in strikeouts.

Double-A: Altoona (44-48) @ Richmond (49-47) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Tim Alderson (4-3 3.58)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 3 Richmond 5

Tim Alderson will make his 11th start of the season tonight. He also has made 11 relief appearances(two with Indianapolis). As a starter, Tim is 3-2 3.86 in ten starts, pitching a total of 56 innings, allowing 55 hits, five homers, 18 walks and he has 40 strikeouts. In his last start, Alderson gave up one earned run on two hits over five innings, with eight strikeouts. In his prior start, he threw 5.2 scoreless innings. Tim started against Richmond of 5/31, allowing two earned runs over six innings of work, getting a no-decision.

High-A: Bradenton (43-52 overall 14-11 2nd half) @ Clearwater (51-40 overall 15-10 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (6-6 5.24)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 5 Clearwater 7

Tyler Waldron will make his 17th start of the year tonight. He has pitched a total of 91 innings, allowing 116 hits, eight homers, 21 walks and he has 61 strikeouts with a 1.38 GO/AO ratio. In his last two starts, he has gone six innings each time, allowing a total of three earned runs. In the month of June, Tyler made four starts, posting an ERA of 11.12 in 17 innings with 32 hits allowed. On the road this year, he is 1-4 6.23 in 34.2 innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (36-58 overall 13-11 2nd half) @ Augusta (45-47 overall 13-10 2nd half) 5:05pm DH
Probable starter: Zack Von Rosenberg (2-2 4.73) and Nick Kingham (1-7 6.06)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was rained out

Zack Von Rosenberg will make his eighth start of the year tonight. His last outing was cut short due to rain that postponed the game after his second inning of work. Zack has pitched a total of 32.1 innings, allowing 37 hits, four hits, nine walks and he has 26 strikeouts. Right-handed batters are hitting .233 against him, while lefties are batting .381 with three homers. He has faced Lexington twice this year, giving up 13 runs in nine innings. In the other five games, he has allowed just four earned runs over 23.1 innings. Nick Kingham is the probable starter in game two. He has pitched a total of 78.2 innings, allowing 88 hits, 14 homers, 27 walks and he has 73 strikeouts. Nick has struggled in his last three starts, giving up 16 runs over 15 innings of work. He is the team leader in strikeouts, ranking 20th overall in the South Atlantic League.

Short Season A: State College (14-14) @ Mahoning Valley (14-14) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Joely Rodriguez (2-0 2.25)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 4 Brooklyn 7

Joely Rodriguez will make his sixth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 24 innings, giving up 16 hits, no homers, eight walks and he has 12 strikeouts. He walked five batters in his first start and two in his second, giving him just one walk allowed, to go along with eight hits given up, in his last 15 innings of work. Joely threw five shutout innings in each of his road starts this year.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (13-11) VS GCL Braves (8-17) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 6 Braves 2

DSL: Pirates1 (22-15) VS Red Sox (23-14) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 4 Red Sox 3

DSL: Pirates2 (15-22) VS Nationals (18-19) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 15 Nationals 4

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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