Minor League Schedule: 8/3/12

Indianapolis is in first place in their division. They have a ten game lead with 31 games left in the season. Bradenton is tied for first place in their division with today’s opponent, Palm Beach. The two teams begin a three game series in Bradenton tonight. West Virginia is in a three-way tie for second place, one game back in the standings. One of the teams they are tied with is Lakewood, their opponent at home over the next four days. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Jeff Locke ranks eighth in the latest Pirates Prospects top 20 ranking

Triple-A: Indianapolis (69-44) @ Scranton-WB (61-50) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (8-5 2.83)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 13 Scranton 1 (game story)

Jeff Locke will make his 21st start for Indianapolis tonight. He has pitched a total of 117.2 innings, giving up 112 hits, nine homers, 36 walks and he has 103 strikeouts, with a 0.98 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Jeff threw seven shutout innings, giving up four hits and three walks. In his prior start, he gave up one run in five innings, striking out nine, but he walked a season high seven batters. On the road this year, Locke is 1-2 3.55 in nine starts. He faced Scranton on 6/24, giving up three runs on eight hits, with no strikeouts.

Double-A: Altoona (54-56) @ New Britain (59-52) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (3-5 4.22)

Yesterday’s Result: Trenton 9 Altoona 6

Kyle McPherson will make his ninth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 42.2 innings, allowing 45 hits, four homers, five walks and he has 41 strikeouts. He went four innings in his last start, allowing three runs on eight hits. Kyle hasn’t walked a batter in any of his last three starts. Prior to his last start, McPherson had struck out at least seven batters in four straight games. He has an 0.65 GO/AO ratio

High-A: Bradenton (49-61 overall 20-20 2nd half) vs Palm Beach (52-57 overall 21-21 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (0-6 10.80)

Yesterday’s Result: Lakeland 7 Bradenton 0

Matt Benedict will make his ninth start for Bradenton tonight. He has also pitched 14 times for WV, going 4-4 3.42 in 76.1 innings. With Bradenton, Matt has thrown 31.2 innings, giving up 42 hits, four homers, 21 walks and he has 12 strikeouts. In his last start, he allowed eight runs on eight hits and five walks in 4.1 innings. Batters are hitting .341 against him since he moved up to Bradenton, with righties batting at a .391 clip.

Low-A: West Virginia (45-66 overall 22-19 2nd half) vs Lakewood (48-62 overall 22-19 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (3-7 5.13)

Yesterday’s Result: Hagerstown 9 West Virginia 7

Nick Kingham will make his 22nd start of the year tonight. He has pitched a total of 94.2 innings, surrendering 96 hits, 14 homers and 30 walks, while striking out 89 batters. In his last three starts combined, Nick has allowed one run and eight hits over 16 innings of work. His last start, which was covered here, was against Lakewood on the road.

Short Season A: State College (23-21) vs Hudson Valley (29-15) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Joely Rodriguez (2-1 3.08)

Yesterday’s Result: Hudson Valley 4 State College 2

Joely Rodriguez will make his ninth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 38 innings, giving up 34 hits, one homer, ten walks and he has 16 strikeouts, with a 1.60 GO/AO ratio. He allowed one earned run on five hits over 4.1 innings in his last outing. In five of his last six starts, Joely has allowed one earned run or less. Lefty batters are hitting .306 against him, while righties are batting .228

Rookie: GCL Pirates (22-18) vs GCL Blue Jays (14-26) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 4  Yankees 1 (game one) Yankees 6 Pirates 4 (game two)

DSL: Pirates1 (32-20) vs Mets2 (32-20) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 6 Rangers 3

DSL: Pirates2 (22-29) vs DBacks/Reds (11-41) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Nationals 10 Pirates 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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  • Ian Rothermund

    Is there any known intention towards McPherson heading to AAA before the end of the season? I was expecting them to send him to Altoona as essentially just a rehab assignment. However, the longer this goes on, the more it just looks like a lost year for him, with the hope that he finishes strong and healthy.

  • Ian Rothermund

    As another observation….what’s up with people that question Locke’s stuff as a lefty? I realize he’s no flame-thrower, but when he was in Pittsburgh last year, he was consistently 91-93 and mostly in the 92-93 range. In my experience, that seems as if it’s a bit above average, especially if he has good command and if his change up is as good as advertised. There’s also the strong possibility that he could be one of those guys that adds a cutter later on, as it seems every lefty does in order to help run the ball in on righties.

    • Tim Williams

      That’s a good observation. Locke always gets labeled with the “he’s the next Duke/Maholm soft tossing lefty” tag, but he’s not exactly a soft tossing lefty. He doesn’t throw mid-90s like Wilson, but he’s not topping out at 90 MPH.

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