Minor League Schedule: Jeff Locke Starts For Bradenton

All four affiliates on the schedule tonight as teams have now gone through the rotation one full time. Two pitchers tonight are making their second start of the season. Jeff Locke will make his first start of the season tonight, a rehab assignment with Bradenton. He missed part of Spring Training with an oblique injury. Check out the Prospect Watch from last night. For a look at possible starters down the line, check out our Probable Starter Chart.

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Jeff Locke gets a rehab start for Bradenton (Photo Credit: David Hague)

AAA: Indianapolis (5-1) @ Toledo (2-3) 6:30pm
Probable starter:  Casey Sadler (0-0, 1.50)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6, Toledo 4 (game one) Toledo 8, Indianapolis 6 (game two)

Casey Sadler will make his second start of the season tonight. He went six innings in his debut against Columbus, allowing one run on four hits and a walk, with three strikeouts. He made 23 starts for Altoona and one late season start for Indianapolis. Sadler threw a total of 136.1 innings, allowing 123 hits, 12 homers and 43 walks. He had 72 strikeouts, a 1.69 GO/AO ratio and a .244 BAA. In his lone Indianapolis start, he allowed three earned runs over six innings. Check out the Indianapolis season preview.

AA: Altoona (2-2) vs Akron (2-3) 6:30pm 
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (0-0, 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 4, Akron 3

Zack Dodson will make his first start of the season tonight. He pitched once in relief, throwing a scoreless inning on Sunday against Erie. He gave up a hit and a walk. Dodson pitched most of last year for Bradenton, making 20 starts and one relief appearance. He also made one spot start for Altoona. In 114.1 innings, he allowed 119 hits, 11 homers and 41 walks. Dodson had 55 strikeouts, a 1.21 GO/AO ratio and a .264 BAA. Check out the Altoona season preview.

High-A: Bradenton (4-1) vs Palm Beach (3-2) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (NR)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 4, Palm Beach 3

Jeff Locke will get a rehab start for Bradenton tonight. He pitched two scoreless innings in Spring Training this year. Locke missed time with an oblique injury and is scheduled to throw as many as 100 pitches tonight. He spent all of 2013 with the Pirates, posting a 3.52 ERA over 166.1 innings in 30 starts. Locke led the National League with 84 walks. He was elected to the All-Star game. Locke pitched for Bradenton during the 2010 season. Check out the Bradenton season preview.

Low-A: West Virginia (3-3) @ Asheville (3-3) 7:05pm
Probable starterShane Carle (0-0, 9.00)
Yesterday’s Result:West Virginia 6, Asheville 5 (game one) Asheville 5, West Virginia 2 (game two)

Shane Carle will get the start for West Virginia tonight. He went two innings in his debut this year, allowing two runs on four hits. That start was suspended by rain in the third inning. Carle was drafted in the 10th round in 2013 and made four starts and ten relief appearances for Jamestown. He threw a total of 50.1 innings, giving up 47 hits, three homers and six walks. He had 43 strikeouts, a 1.97 GO/AO ratio, a 2.15 ERA and a .247 BAA. As a starter, Carle had a 1.83 ERA in 19.2 innings. Check out the West Virginia season preview.

Recent Transactions

4/9: Jeff Locke assigned to Bradenton on rehab.

4/7: Barrett Barnes and Harold Ramirez placed on disabled list. Adam Landecker and Justin Maffei added to West Virginia roster.

4/6: Chris Stewart assigned to Bradenton on rehab.

4/5: Robert Andino placed on disabled list. Blake Davis added to Indianapolis roster.

4/4: Stetson Allie added to Altoona roster. Junior Sosa transferred to Jamestown roster.

4:4 Kenn Kasparek and Quinton Miller placed on disabled list. Brandon Mann added to Altoona roster.

3/29: Quincy Latimore and Erick Fernandez released.

3/27: Traded a player to be named later in exchange for Keon Broxton.

3/25: Acquired Vance Worley in exchange for cash.

3/22: Six minor league players released. Carlos Mesa, Cesar Lopez, Axel Diaz, Elvin Ramirez, Kirk Singer and Eliecer Navarro.

3/20 Zac Fuesser, Ethan Hollingsworth, Kevin Kleis and Dalton Friend released.

John Dreker

Author: 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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