Minor League Schedule: 7/17/12

Jeff Locke gets the start tonight for Indianapolis. At the All-Star break, Locke, along with Justin Wilson and Rudy Owens, all had 7-4 records. Locke lost his first start after the break, while Wilson got a no-decision and Owens won last night, in each of their first post-AS starts. West Virginia was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader today consisting of 2 seven inning games. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Zack had his scheduled start rained out last night

Triple-A: Indianapolis (60-36) vs Gwinnett (44-53) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (7-5 2.95)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 7 Gwinnett 5 (Game story)

Jeff Locke will be making his 18th start of the year tonight. He has pitched a total of 100.2 innings, allowing 99 hits, eight homers, 25 walks and he has 87 strikeouts. Jeff allowed four runs(two earned) on eight hits over five innings in his last start. He faced Gwinnett on 6/19, allowing one run over six innings, on eight hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. Jeff ranks fifth in the International League in ERA and tenth in strikeouts.

Double-A: Altoona (44-48) @ Richmond (49-47) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Tim Alderson (4-3 3.58)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 3 Richmond 5

Tim Alderson will make his 11th start of the season tonight. He also has made 11 relief appearances(two with Indianapolis). As a starter, Tim is 3-2 3.86 in ten starts, pitching a total of 56 innings, allowing 55 hits, five homers, 18 walks and he has 40 strikeouts. In his last start, Alderson gave up one earned run on two hits over five innings, with eight strikeouts. In his prior start, he threw 5.2 scoreless innings. Tim started against Richmond of 5/31, allowing two earned runs over six innings of work, getting a no-decision.

High-A: Bradenton (43-52 overall 14-11 2nd half) @ Clearwater (51-40 overall 15-10 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (6-6 5.24)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 5 Clearwater 7

Tyler Waldron will make his 17th start of the year tonight. He has pitched a total of 91 innings, allowing 116 hits, eight homers, 21 walks and he has 61 strikeouts with a 1.38 GO/AO ratio. In his last two starts, he has gone six innings each time, allowing a total of three earned runs. In the month of June, Tyler made four starts, posting an ERA of 11.12 in 17 innings with 32 hits allowed. On the road this year, he is 1-4 6.23 in 34.2 innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (36-58 overall 13-11 2nd half) @ Augusta (45-47 overall 13-10 2nd half) 5:05pm DH
Probable starter: Zack Von Rosenberg (2-2 4.73) and Nick Kingham (1-7 6.06)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was rained out

Zack Von Rosenberg will make his eighth start of the year tonight. His last outing was cut short due to rain that postponed the game after his second inning of work. Zack has pitched a total of 32.1 innings, allowing 37 hits, four hits, nine walks and he has 26 strikeouts. Right-handed batters are hitting .233 against him, while lefties are batting .381 with three homers. He has faced Lexington twice this year, giving up 13 runs in nine innings. In the other five games, he has allowed just four earned runs over 23.1 innings. Nick Kingham is the probable starter in game two. He has pitched a total of 78.2 innings, allowing 88 hits, 14 homers, 27 walks and he has 73 strikeouts. Nick has struggled in his last three starts, giving up 16 runs over 15 innings of work. He is the team leader in strikeouts, ranking 20th overall in the South Atlantic League.

Short Season A: State College (14-14) @ Mahoning Valley (14-14) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Joely Rodriguez (2-0 2.25)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 4 Brooklyn 7

Joely Rodriguez will make his sixth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 24 innings, giving up 16 hits, no homers, eight walks and he has 12 strikeouts. He walked five batters in his first start and two in his second, giving him just one walk allowed, to go along with eight hits given up, in his last 15 innings of work. Joely threw five shutout innings in each of his road starts this year.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (13-11) VS GCL Braves (8-17) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 6 Braves 2

DSL: Pirates1 (22-15) VS Red Sox (23-14) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 4 Red Sox 3

DSL: Pirates2 (15-22) VS Nationals (18-19) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 15 Nationals 4

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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John, I have tickets for Altoona @ Reading on Monday. Do you know who will be pitching for the Curve?

Lee Young

John….how far in advance can you tell if/when Heredia is going to pitch? The reason I ask is this….The week of Aug 13, my wife is off and we want to go up to State College (PSU grad, too) and visit, see the sights, reminisce, etc. However, I would also LOVE to see Heredia. We would plan our visit around him pitching.



A month is too far in advance. Right now Jacob Burnette is out of the rotation with soreness but he should be back soon the way it sounds so the rotation has already changed in the last few days. If they stayed on a five man rotation, Heredia’s date to pitch would be Wed. Aug. 15th. The Spikes are off the 13/14th due to the NYPL All-star break. Wed-Sat(Aug 15-18) they are home

Lee Young

I know a month is too far in advance. Should’ve been clearer on that. I’ll be checking closer to the 15th…maybe that weekend. Then, once I find out, make some last minute hotel reservations.


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