Minor League Schedule: 7/5/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. The DSL Pirates were rained out for a second day straight and the entire DSL schedule yesterday was wiped out by the weather.

Waldron starts tonight for the Power

AAA: Indianapolis (43-43) @ Toledo (35-51) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Garrett Olson (2-0 2.09)

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

AA: Altoona (36-46) VS Akron (42-42) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Aaron Pribanic (5-6 4.08)

Aaron will be making his 16th start of the season tonight. He had a very rough month of June after an excellent first two months of the year. He made five June starts and went 0-4 8.74 and had two outings in which he allowed 7 earned runs in both. He had a season high 7 strikeouts in his June 25th start. He last start vs Akron he threw 7 shutout innings on May 21st.

High-A: Bradenton (37-45 overall 7-5 2nd half) @ Palm Beach (37-44 overall 8-4 2nd half) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (4-5 4.07)

Nate Baker will be making his 14th start of the season tonight, he has also pitched 4 games in relief. He posted his lowest monthly ERA in the month of June with a 3.21 mark over 28 innings (4 starts and 3 relief appearances). In his last game he gave up 3 runs over 6 innings with 8 strikeouts and it was versus his current oppoent, Palm Beach.

Low-A: West Virginia (40-40 overall 5-7 2nd half) @ Lexington (39-43 overall 4-8 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (6-3 4.26)

Tyler is making his 13th start of the season tonight, with 2 relief appearances also this year. He has thrown a total of 69.2 innings with just 17 walks allowed and 44 strikeouts. He went 2-1 4.22 in six June starts and he threw four innings his last start giving up three earned runs vs tonight’s opponent, Lexington.

Short Season A: State College (5-13) @ Auburn (10-8) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Ryan Hafner (0-0 1.38)

Hafner is getting his 4th start of the year tonight. He allowed his first runs of the year in his last start as well as his first walks issued. He has pitched 13 innings total allowing 10 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks and has struck out 13.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (8-5) VS GCL Tigers (5-8) 12:00pm

The GCL Pirates are in 1st place, tied with the GCL Phillies and Yankees.

VSL: VSL Pirates (26-16) VS VSL Mariners (24-19) 11:30am

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

DSL: DSL Pirates (17-10) VS DSL Mets2 (15-17) 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.

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