Minor League Schedule: 8/20/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Indianapolis starts a four game series today against Lehigh Valley, the team that is in first place for the wildcard spot in the IL. Indy trails them by 6 games in the standings with 16 games left in the season. Yesterday’s Bradenton game was rained out. They will make the game up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday morning starting at 11am. The DSL season ended yesterday for the Pirates team.

Locke made a nice AAA debut throwing 5.2 scoreless innings

AAA: Indianapolis (66-62) VS Lehigh Valley (72-56) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (0-0 0.00)

Locke made his AAA debut on Monday and pitched 5.2 scoreless innings giving up just 4 hits, no walks and he struck out six. In AA this year he pitched 23 games posting a 7-8 4.03 record with 114 strikeouts in 125 innings. He is 2nd in the system in strikeouts, trailing only Kyle McPherson who has 131. Locke had a career high 139 strikeouts last year.

AA: Altoona (56-68) @ Reading (63-62) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Matt McSwain (2-0 3.98)

Altoona sits in last place in their division, 13.5 games behind Harrisburg. They also have the 3rd worst record in the 12 team Eastern League. Starling Marte topped the 150 hit mark yesterday and he has 14 more hits than the 2nd highest total in the EL. McSwain will make his first start of the season for Altoona, he also made one for Bradenton earlier in the year.

High-A: Bradenton (63-59 overall 33-19 2nd half) @ St Lucie (65-57 overall 27-25 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (2-3 4.39)

.Brandon will get his 10th start with Bradenton and 22nd overall start. He has also made two relief appearances. Combined between WV and Bradenton he has a 9-7 4.34 record with 27 walks and 86 strikeouts in 120.1 innings. In his last start on Sunday he gave up 2 runs over 5 innings and took the loss. He made his FSL debut against St Lucie on June 26 and allowed three runs on eight hits over 5 innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (59-63 overall 23-30 2nd half) VS Delmarva (54-70 overall 19-35 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Porfirio Lopez (1-4 4.08)

Lopez will make his 3rd start of the year tonight. He went 4.2 innings in his last start allowing 2 runs while striking out seven. He started the year with Bradenton and combined between the two teams he has a 3-5 4.50 record in 27 games. He has pitched a total of 58 innings allowing 57 hits, 27 walks and has struck out 55 batters.

Short Season A: State College (23-36) @ Auburn (36-23) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Ryan Hafner (2-4 2.83)

Hafner will get his 12th appearances this season. He has made 10 starts and pitched a total of 47.2 innings with 40 hits allowed, 15 walks and 27 strikeouts. Ryan has allowed 2 runs or less in nine of his appearances. He has a 1.69 ERA in three August starts. His worst game of the year came against 1st place Auburn when he allowed four runs in 3.2 innings.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (30-23) VS GCL Tigers (24-29) 10:00am

The GCL Pirates are currently in 2nd place, 5 games back in the standings.

VSL: VSL Pirates (40-32)

The VSL Pirates have finished their season. They won the VSL pennant for a sixth straight year.

DSL: DSL Pirates (41-30)

The DSL Pirates finished in 3rd place, five games behind the Royals who still have one game left. It is possible the Pirates could move into 2nd depending on how the Dodgers do during their doubleheader today.

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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