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Minor League Schedule: 7/23/12

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Bradenton was rained out yesterday. The game will not be made up, as that was the last meeting of the season between the Marauders and Tampa. Both Altoona and State College played doubleheaders yesterday while the two DSL teams, and the GCL team, all had off. Indianapolis is the only team that doesn’t begin a series today against a new team. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Locke leads Indy starters with his 3.07 ERA

Triple-A: Indianapolis (63-40) @ Toledo (41-61) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (7-5 3.07)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 7 Toledo 6 (game recap)

Jeff Locke will make his 19th start of the year tonight. He has pitched a total of 105.2 innings, allowing 104 hits, eight homers, 26 walks and he had 90 strikeouts with a 0.98 GO/AO ratio. It his last outing, he gave up three runs on five hits in five innings. Prior to tonight’s start, Jeff has made five straight starts at home. On 6/29, he threw six shutout innings against Toledo. Locke ranks fifth in the International League in ERA, tenth in strikeouts and tied for tenth with his 1.23 WHIP.

Double-A: Altoona (49-51) @ Reading (51-49) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (2-4 4.54)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 11 Erie 2 (game one) Altoona 2 Erie 1 (game two)

Kyle McPherson will get the start tonight. He has pitched a total of 33.2 innings in his six starts, allowing 34 hits, three homers, five walks and he has 31 strikeouts. He struck out a season high eight batters in his last start, his third straight outing with at least seven strikeouts. With four wins in the last two days, Altoona has moved to within 10.5 games of first place Akron. They now go on a brief three game road trip before returning home. Altoona has a 19-30 road record on the season and they have gone 4-2 against Reading this year, with two of those wins coming on the road.

High-A: Bradenton (46-53 overall 17-12 2nd half) @ St Lucie (61-37 overall 12-18 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (6-7 4.96)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton  was rained out

Tyler Waldron will make his 18th start and 20th overall appearance this season. He has pitched a total of 98 innings, allowing 121 hits, nine homers, 23 walks and he has 64 strikeouts with a 1.34 GO/AO ratio. Tyler has pitched well in each of his last three starts, giving up four earned runs over 19 innings of work. At home this year, he is 5-2 4.63 with 44 strikeouts in 56.1 innings of work

Low-A: West Virginia (38-62 overall 15-15 2nd half) @ Greensboro (60-40 overall 14-16 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Zack Von Rosenberg (2-3 4.46)

Yesterday’s Result: Delmarva 9, West Virginia 4

Zack Von Rosenberg will make his ninth start of the season tonight and fifth start on the road. He has pitched a total of 38.1 innings, allowing 42 hits, six homers, nine walks and he has 29 strikeouts with an 0.86 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, Zack went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Both runs he allowed came off solo homers. He has a 4.50 ERA in 18 road innings with a .315 BAA.

Short Season A: State College (18-16) vs Batavia (19-14) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Joely Rodriguez (2-0 2.17)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 12 Williamsport 6 (game one)  Williamsport 5 State College 0 (game two)

Joely Rodriguez will make his seventh start of the year tonight. He has pitched a total of 29 innings, allowing 19 hits, one home, eight walks and he has 12 strikeouts. Joely has a .194 BAA and a 1.62 GO/AO ratio. In his last start he went five innings, giving up one earned run on three hits. Rodriguez hasn’t walked a batter in his last three starts. In his opening start, he issued five walks over four innings. In his last four starts combined, Joely has surrendered two earned runs in 20 innings.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (18-12) VS GCL Blue Jays (9-21) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off

DSL: Pirates1 (25-17) VS Mets2 (23-18) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off

DSL: Pirates2 (16-25) VS Cubs2 (24-18) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were off

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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