Minor League Schedule: 7/4/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. The GCL team and the VSL team both had off yesterday and both resume their schedule today.

Taillon struck out four in three innings his last start

AAA: Indianapolis (43-42) @ Toledo (34-51) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Sean Gallagher (3-8 5.85)

Indianapolis is in 3rd place in their division, 14.5 games behind the first place Columbus Clippers

AA: Altoona (36-45) VS Akron (41-42) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (5-7 4.20)

Jeff Locke is making his 17th start of the season tonight. He has pitched 83.2 innings with 82 strikeouts and 35 walks. In six June starts he has a 2-2 2.30 record and in his last start he went 6 innings with 2 earned runs allowed and 7 strikeouts. In his last start vs tonight’s opponent Akron on May 18th, Jeff gave up 8 runs in 4.2 IP with a season high six walks

High-A: Bradenton (37-44 overall 7-4 2nd half) @ Palm Beach (36-44 overall 7-4 2nd half) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Brian Leach (1-1 7.17)

Bradenton is tied for 1st place with Palm Beach and St Lucie for the 2nd half title.

Low-A: West Virginia (40-39 overall 5-6 2nd half) @ Lexington (38-43 overall 3-8 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (2-1 2.96)

Top prospect Jameson Taillon makes his 12th start tonight for WV. He has walked just four batters all season with his last one coming on May 23rd. He has 42 strikeouts in 45.2 innings this year with a career high of eight on June 14th. In his last start he threw just three innings giving up one hit, no runs and he struck out four. Jameson has a 2-1 3.57 record in five road starts.

Short Season A: State College (5-12) @ Auburn (9-8) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (1-0 0.73)

State College in in 6th place, six games out of 1st place

Rookie: GCL Pirates (7-5) VS GCL Tigers (5-7) 12:00pm

The GCL Pirates are in 2nd place, one game behind the first place GCL Phillies

VSL: VSL Pirates (25-16) VS VSL Rays (21-21) 11:30am

The VSL Pirates are in first place and have a 1 1/2 game lead over the 2nd place Mariners.

DSL: DSL Pirates (17-10) VS DSL Indians (11-17) 10:30am

The DSL Pirates currently sit in 2nd place, 1 1/2 games behind the DSL Red Sox

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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