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Minor League Schedule: 4/27/11

Taillon will make his debut tonight if the weather holds out.

For a more in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. The big news today is obviously the first professional start of 1st round draft pick Jameson Taillon, but as of this morning the weather report for tonight in Charleston, WV does not look too favorable. Possibly just as important as Taillon’s first pro start is the start in Indianapolis by Brad Lincoln who has struggled thus far. He has still posted a strong K rate and not walked a batter in three starts but has not posted a quality start yet and the Pirates could really benefit from him pitching as well as he has shown in the past. Lineups for today’s games will be posted as soon as they are made available.

AAA: Indianapolis (6-14) VS Norfolk (5-14) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Brad Lincoln (0-3 6.75)

Game notes: Justin Wilson pitched 6 innings last night giving up 5 runs but none of them were earned due to multiple errors behind him. Andrew Lambo went 1-3 with a walk and hit his first homer of the season. Josh Harrison went 4-4, double and is now hitting .364 on the season.

AA: Altoona (8-9) @ Harrisburg (9-8) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Jared Hughes (0-1 5.40)

Game notes: Jordy Mercer went 2-4 last night with his 4th homer on the season. Tony Sanchez went 2-3 with a walk. Brock Holt also went 2-4 and is now hitting .343 on the year. Starling Marte collected his 4th outfield assist.

High-A: Bradenton (11-9) VS St Lucie (17-3) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (1-0 1.14)

Game notes: Nate Baker pitched 5.1ip last night allowing just one earned run. Jarek Cunningham went 3-5 and hit 2 home runs. He now has 6 on the season to lead the FSL. Elevys Gonzalez went 2-4 with 2 doubles,3 RBI’s and is now hitting .411 which ranks 3rd in the FSL. Bradenton scored 10 runs in the 1st inning last night.

Low-A: West Virginia (7-11) VS Hagerstown (11-8) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (Pro Debut)

Game notes: Tyler Waldron allowed just 2 runs on 2 solo home runs last night, throwing 5 IP with no walks and 5 K’s. Six hitters in the Power lineup had 2 hits including Matt Curry who hit his 4th homer while also drawing 2 walks. The Power broke a six game losing streak.

Starting Lineups

Indianopolis Indians (AAA)

Harrison 3B

Ciriaco SS

Presley LF

Hague 1B

Marte DH

Lambo RF

Brown C

Friday 2B

Hernandez CF

(Lincoln SP)

Altoona Lineup:

Holt-2b

Marte-cf

Mercer-ss

Sanchez-c

Durham-1b

Latimore-lf

Farrell-3b

Chalk-rf

Hughes-p

Bradenton Lineup:

Grossman-rf

Cunningham-2b

Chambers-cf

Baker-1b

Anderson-dh

E.Gonzalez-3b

Rubinstein-lf

Paulino-c

B.Gonzalez

West Virginia Lineup:

Maggi-ss

Ngoepe-2b

Curry-dh

Howard-1b

Grovatt-rf

Rojas-cf

Diaz-c

Avila-3b

Vasquez-lf

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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