Minor League Schedule: 7/4/12

Jeff Locke takes the mound for Indianapolis tonight. In the month of June, Jeff went 3-1 2.86 in six starts, throwing 34.2 innings with 31 strikeouts. He ranks eighth in the International League in ERA and tenth in strikeouts. Indianapolis won for the seventh straight time last night and they now have a 12 game lead in their division. The 2012 fifth round draft pick, Adrian Sampson, makes his first professional start tonight. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Locke threw seven shutout innings against Louisville in early May

Triple-A: Indianapolis (54-31) VS Louisville (31-56) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (6-4 3.05)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 7 Louisville 3

Jeff Locke will make his 16th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 88.2 innings. allowing 90 hits, seven homers, twenty walks and he has 78 strikeouts. In his last start on 6/29, Jeff threw six shutout innings, giving up four hits, two walks and he struck out six. In his previous outing, he threw five innings without recording a strikeout. At home this year, Locke is 5-2 2.53 in seven starts. He faced Louisville on 5/27, going 6.1 innings, with three runs allowed and 11 strikeouts.

Double-A: Altoona (40-42) VS Reading (46-37) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Phil Irwin (1-5 4.56)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 2 Binghamton 3

Phil Irwin will make his tenth start for Altoona tonight. He has also pitched once in relief and made one rehab start for Bradenton. For Altoona, Phil has pitched a total of 53.1 innings, giving up 62 hits, seven homers, nine walks and he has 41 strikeouts. In his last start, Irwin went seven innings, allowing one run on six hits, with six strikeouts. He picked up his first win of the season in that game. He has a 1.92 GO/AO ratio. Phil faced Reading on 6/7, giving up one run over six innings.

High-A: Bradenton (37-46 overall 8-5 2nd half) @ Palm Beach (37-43 overall 6-7 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (0-3 3.41)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 3 Charlotte 2

Casey Sadler will make his sixth start of the season and it will be his fourth straight appearance as a starter. He has also pitched 15 times in relief this year. As a starter, Casey has a 0-1 3.68 record, with 14 strikeouts in 22 innings. He has a .251 BAA on the year, .232 as a starter. Sadler has allowed just one homer and 12 walks in 60.2 innings this season and he has a 1.39 GO/AO ratio.

Low-A: West Virginia (29-54 overall 6-7 2nd half) VS Lakewood (34-48 overall 8-5 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Von Rosenberg (1-2 5.18)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 3 Delmarva 7

Zack Von Rosenberg will make his sixth start of the season tonight. He has made three strong starts, pitching a total of 15.1 innings with just one earned run. He has also made two very poor outings, giving up 13 runs over nine innings in those games. West Virginia played a four game series against today’s opponent(Lakewood) last week, but Zack did not pitch in that series. He missed the beginning of the season while he was in Extended Spring Training, working on his fastball command down in the zone.

Short Season A: State College (8-8) @ Tri-City (13-3) 6:00pm
Probable Starter: Adrian Sampson (0-0 9.00)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 6  Batavia 2 (Game story)

Adrian Sampson will make his first pro start tonight. He pitched two innings on 6/29(pro debut), giving up two runs on four hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. Adrian was a fifth round draft pick in the recent amateur draft. Check the link on his name for more details

Rookie: GCL Pirates (5-7) VS GCL Braves (4-8) 10:00am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 3 Tigers 6

DSL: Pirates1 (15-12) VS Red Sox (16-11) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 2 Red Sox 6

DSL: Pirates2 (14-13) VS Phillies (14-13) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 1 Phillies 4

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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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