First Pitch: Covering Indianapolis For the First Time

This weekend I will be heading down to Durham to cover the four game series between the Indianapolis Indians and the Durham Bulls.

The thought occurred to me that, despite this site being in its fourth year of existence, I’ve never covered the Indianapolis Indians live. In 2009 I only covered the Lynchburg Hillcats, not that there was much to cover in Indianapolis at the time. In 2010 I expanded to West Virginia, Altoona, and State College, but my Indianapolis coverage was limited to watching the games on MiLB.tv. Last year Nancy Zinni joined the site, providing live game coverage from Indianapolis.

Add in the fact that it’s a nine hour drive to Indianapolis, and I usually see the players at Triple-A as they’re making their way through the system, and this weekend will be my first time seeing that team live.

Fortunately it will be a good weekend to see them in action. The pitching lineup will be Jo-Jo Reyes on Friday, Rudy Owens on Saturday, Justin Wilson on Sunday, and Jeff Locke on Monday. Free Matt Hague is with the team. I’ll always take four games of watching Starling Marte. Hopefully Chase d’Arnaud will return from his concussion, giving me the chance to see him play. And Jose Morales, who was intriguing when I saw him toward the end of Spring Training, was activated from the disabled list last week.

I’ll be heading down tomorrow, and will have live updates and nightly reports from each game.

Links and Notes

**The Pirates were off today. They travel down to Atlanta tomorrow to take on the Braves. A.J. Burnett takes the mound for his second start as a Pirate.

**Prospect Watch: Big nights at the plate for the Altoona and West Virginia offenses.

**Kristy Robinson was at the Altoona game, and has a report on Brandon Cumpton’s strong start.

**The Weekend Draft Prospects Preview, with a look at my rankings for the top of the draft board.

**The Pirates’ offense is taking strides, but needs to step up.

About Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He is a credentialed media member with every team in the Pirates’ system, including the Pirates themselves. He’s a regular guest on Extra Innings on 104.7, and makes regular appearances on ESPN 970, 93.7 The Fan, and TribLIVE Radio in Pittsburgh, as well as ESPN 1430 in Altoona and ESPN 1450 in State College.
  • scrappy2499

    Hey Tim I see your heading down to my neck of the woods.  It should be a good trip for you. It is a nice ballpark to take in a game. I’m going to try to get over for a game this weekend too.  If I can wrap up a few other obligations I got going on I will.  Great coverage as allways.  Enjoy this weekend!

  • Lee Young

    You mean, ‘other than Jo Jo Reyes starting’, it will be a good weekend to see them….lol