Yesterday was opening day of the minor league season for three of the Pirates four full season affiliates. Indianapolis opens their schedule on the road today in Toledo. A full recap of last night's action can be viewed here.  A.J. Burnett gets a rehab start for Bradenton tonight, while Stetson Allie returns to the starting role in West Virginia.

A.J. Burnett gets a rehab start for Bradenton tonight.

AAA: Indianapolis (0-0) @ Toledo (0-0) 5:00pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (10-8 4.13 for Indianapolis last year)

Indianapolis finished the 2011 season in 2nd place with a 76-68 record. They begin their season today. Prospects on their roster to watch this year include Jeff Locke, Starling Marte, Justin Wilson, Jordy Mercer, Rudy Owens and Kyle McPherson(DL), as well as Brad Linco...

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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.