Minor League Schedule: 8/23/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Bradenton had off yesterday. They resume their schedule tonight with three games against the Palm Beach Cardinals who are in 2nd place, trailing Bradenton by just two games. Altoona plays a doubleheader tonight. Tim will be in Altoona covering the games for this site.

Jameson Taillon makes his 21st start of the year tonight

AAA: Indianapolis (66-63) VS Lehigh Valley (73-56) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Sean Gallagher (5-12 5.16)

Gallagher will make his 27th appearance of the season tonight, he has started 21 games. He is 3rd on the team in innings pitched and he has the 3rd highest loss total. Indianapolis is now 3rd in the wild card standings, five games behind their current opponent, Lehigh Valley, with 13 games left on the schedule this season.

AA: Altoona (57-70) VS Richmond (68-59) 5:30pm DH
Probable starter: Aaron Pribanic (8-9 4.07) and Kyle McPherson (7-4 3.15)

Aaron will be making his 26th appearance of the season tonight. He is the team leader in wins and also in innings pitched with 135, the 6th highest total in the Eastern League. He has pitched 7 innings in each of his last two outings giving up just two total runs. Kyle is making his 14th start with Altoona and 26th start overall on the year. He has pitched a career high 146 innings and matched his career high in strikeouts from last year with 131. He has picked up the win in 6 of his last 9 starts.

High-A: Bradenton (64-60 overall 34-20 2nd half) VS Palm Beach (62-63 overall 33-23 2nd half) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (4-0 0.44)

Tyler has won all four of his appearances with Bradenton since moving up from West Virginia. He has allowed just one run in 20.1 innings and he currently has made two straight scoreless outings. With WV he had a 7-6 4.82 record in 17 starts and 2 relief appearances. He has recorded 75 strikeouts on the year in 117.1 innings

Low-A: West Virginia (60-65 overall 24-32 2nd half) @ Greensboro (68-58 overall 28-28 2nd half) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (2-3 4.52)

Jameson will make his 21st start of the year tonight. He has pitched 79.2 innings allowing 83 hits, 17 walks and he has struck out 80. Since the SAL all-star break he is 0-2 6.08 in 10 starts with 37 innings pitched. In his last start against Greensboro he lasted just 2 innings giving up 3 runs on 4 hits while recording 4 strikeouts. He has made half his starts on the road this season posting a 4.75 ERA, at home he has a 4.26 mark.

Short Season A: State College (24-38) VS Jamestown (30-32) 7:05pm
Probable starter:  Trent Stevenson (0-2 5.48)

Trent has made 5 appearances since being sent down from West Virginia, four of them as a starter.  In 23 innings he has walked just 2 batters but also struck out just four. On the year he has pitched a total of 72.1 innings with an 0-5 6.47 record. He has recorded 3 saves and walked 15 total batters with 29 strikeouts. In his last start he went 5 innings giving up four runs on 10 hits.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (30-25) VS GCL Braves (23-31) 12:00pm

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 (41-28)

The DSL Pirates finished tied for 2nd in their division, 5.5 games back.

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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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