Minor League Schedule: 4/22/11

For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Tim will be at the Altoona game tonight and will have full coverage of the game following it’s conclusion. Top prospect Colton Cain is making his third start today, he has pitched 10.2 scoreless innings so far this season. Lineups for today’s games will be posted as soon as they are made available.

Cain looks to extend his scoreless streak tonight in Kannapolis.

AAA: Indianapolis (5-10) @ Toledo (5-10) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Rudy Owens (2-0 1.35)

Game notes: Brad Lincoln started game one of a doubleheader yesterday and went 5 innings allowing 6 earned runs but gave up no walks with 5 strikes and threw 60 of his 86 pitches for strikes. Jose Ascanio started game two but lasted just 3 pitches before being hit with a line drive. He left the field under his own power

AA: Altoona (6-7) @ Richmond (6-8) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Jared Hughes (0-1 3.60)

Game notes: Brock Holt went 2-4 with a walk and run scored. Starling Marte went 1-4 with a double and has a ten game hitting streak after going hitless the first two games. Quincy Latimore went 2-4 with 2 RBI’s and Tony Sanchez went 1-2 with 2 walks.

High-A: Bradenton (6-9) @ Ft Myers (9-6) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (0-0 1.62)

Game notes: Nate Baker went 5 innings allowing 2 earned runs but had two errors behind him that led to 2 unearned runs. Ramon Cabrera went 3-4 with a triple and 2 RBI’s. He is now hitting .459 on the year. Aaron Baker drove in his team leading 14th run on a single in the 6th that followed Cabrera’s triple.

Low-A: West Virginia (6-8) @ Kannapolis (10-4) 7:05pm POSTPONED
Probable starter: Colton Cain (1-0 0.00)

Game notes: Tyler Waldron gave up 4 ER in 6 innings last night taking his first loss of the year against two wins. Brooks Pounders followed him with 2 scoreless innings. Justin Howard went 2-4 with a double and his 2nd homer of the season which broke up a shutout in the 9th inning. Daniel Grovatt drew 2 walks,he now has 14 and trails the league leader by just one.

Indianapolis Lineup:










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West Virginia was rained out.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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Although I’m not expecting another scoreless appearance, I’m wondering if Cain comes out and dominates again if we can start thinking he may see High A at the end of the year?

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