Minor League Schedule: 6/29/12

Jeff Locke gets the start for first place Indianapolis tonight. He has gone 2-1 3.45 in the month of June, throwing 28.2 innings over his five starts. He ranks tenth in the International League with his 3.27 ERA, six spots below Rudy Owens and his 2.51 mark. Jeff has pitched well at home this year with a 4-2 2.95 record in six starts. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Triple-A: Indianapolis (49-31) VS Toledo (32-48) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (5-4 3.27)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 10 Toledo 5

Jeff Locke will make his 15th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 82.2 innings, giving up 86 hits, seven homers, 18 walks and he has 72 strikeouts. In his last start, Jeff gave up three runs on eight hits in five innings, failing to record a strikeout. He has allowed eight hits in three straight games. Locke has given up three runs or less in each of his last seven games as well as nine of his last ten starts. Left-handed batters are hitting .207 against him with no homers.

Locke has a 1.09 GO/AO ratio this year

Double-A: Altoona (36-41) @ Harrisburg (40-38) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Phil Irwin (0-5 5.05)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 4 Harrisburg 2

Phil Irwin will make his ninth start for Altoona tonight. He has also pitched once in relief and he made a rehab start with Bradenton as well. In his eight Altoona starts, Phil has gone 0-5 5.28 in 44.1 innings, allowing 56 hits, six homers, nine walks and he has recorded 32 strikeouts. In his last game, Irwin went five innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits. He recorded a season-high eight strikeouts. He faced Harrisburg on 5/23, giving up five runs on seven hits in six innings.

High-A: Bradenton (31-45 overall 3-4 2nd half) VS Palm Beach (34-41 overall 3-5 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (0-3 3.07)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 4 Palm Beach 10

Casey Sadler will get his fifth start of the season tonight. He pitched three innings on 6/25, allowing just one hit and no runs. As a starter this year, Casey is 0-1 2.65 in 17 innings. As a reliever, he has pitched 15 times, going 0-2 3.26 in 38.2 innings with 35 strikeouts. He has a 2.03 ERA at home and a 4.38 ERA on the road. Opposing hitters are batting .248 against him and Sadler has a 1.44 GO/AO ratio.

Low-A: West Virginia (27-51 overall 4-4 2nd half) @ Delmarva (28-48 overall 0-7 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Von Rosenberg (0-2 6.87)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 6 Lakewood 7 (game story)

Zack will be making his fifth start of the season. He has pitched a total of 18.1 innings, allowing 22 hits, four homers, six walks and he has struck out thirteen. He has had a good start, followed by a bad start, twice now. In his last game, Zack allowed seven runs on eight hits in five innings.

Short Season A: State College (7-4) @ Mahoning Valley (4-7) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Joely Rodriguez (0-0 5.00)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 5 Mahoning Valley 6 (game story)

Joely Rodriguez will make his third start of the season tonight. In his first game, he went four innings, allowing two runs on three hits and five walks. He followed that up with three runs on five hits and two walks in five innings. His last start was also against Mahoning Valley. Joely has five strikeouts on the season.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (4-4) VS GCL Blue Jays (1-7) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 5 Yankees 6

DSL: Pirates1 (12-11) VS Mets2 (15-8) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 7 Mets 11

DSL: Pirates2 (11-12) VS Nationals (14-9) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 4 Nationals 3

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Alex Henry

I have a question. Our big international sign last year Harold Ramirez is showed as active on GCL Pirates but hasn’t played in any of their 9 games do you have a clue as to why?

Tim Williams

There’s an update in the most recent prospect notebook.


He has been out with a leg infection

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