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Minor League Schedule: 6/24/11


For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. State College was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader today with Ryan Hafner, who was featured in yesterday’s minor league schedule, getting the start today. Altoona’s game two was rained out last night. That game will be made up in August when New Hampshire visits Altoona. The DSL Pirates had off yesterday.

Brad Lincoln will be making his 14th start of the season and according to reports his next start after today will be with the Pirates in the majors on July 2nd during a doubleheader in Washington. It will likely be just a spot start before returning to Indianapolis if all plans remain the same.

Lincoln starts tonight in Indianapolis

In Lincoln’s last three starts he has allowed just one earned run in each of the games covering a total of 20.1 IP. Out of all pitchers in the International League who have made at least 10 starts, Lincoln has the 9th highest WHIP with his 1.18 mark. He also ranks 9th in the league in strikeouts with 66 in 72.2 innings pitched. Despite having the 15th most innings pitched in the IL he ranks tied for 89th in walks allowed with just 14 all season. His highest minor league total in walks is just 28 back in 2009 when he pitched 136.1 total innings.

Brian Leach is scheduled to start for Bradenton although Brandon Cumpton has been sent to Bradenton and his first start has not been listed. Because Leach has not made a start all season it is possible that Cumpton could start today.

AAA: Indianapolis (37-37) VS Pawtucket (38-34) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Brad Lincoln (6-6 3.82)

AA: Altoona (34-37) @ Harrisburg (40-31) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (5-6 4.65)

High-A: Bradenton (31-40) VS Ft Myers (34-37) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Brian Leach (0-1 4.63)

Low-A: West Virginia (36-33) @ Hickory (40-29) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (6-3 3.86)

Short Season A: State College (1-5) @ Jamestown (4-2) 6:05pm DH
Probable starter: Ryan Hafner (0-0 0.00) and Matt Benedict (0-0 0.00)

Rookie: GCL Pirates (3-1) VS GCL Braves (1-3) 12:00pm

VSL: VSL Pirates (20-13) VS VSL Phillies (14-20) 11:00am

DSL: DSL Pirates (13-5) VS DSL Astros (7-12) 10:30am

John Dreker
John Dreker
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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