Minor League Schedule: 9/3/11

For an in depth review of yesterday’s games please check out our minor league wrap-up which can be found here. Indianapolis lost last night pushing them back to 3 games back in the wild card standings with three games left in the season. Bradenton starts their playoff schedule Tuesday night with a best of three series against St Lucie. *** Bradenton will now start Nate Baker instead of Tyler Waldron. The game preview has been updated ***

Taillon makes his last start of the season tonight

AAA: Indianapolis (74-67) VS Louisville (72-69) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Nelson Figueroa (1-1 1.69)

Nelson has made two starts with Indianapolis since being signed last week. He threw a complete game on Monday, giving up one run on eight hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts. Prior to joining Indy he went 6-7 6.50 with Oklahoma City in the PCL. He pitched for the Pirates in 2003-04 going 2-4 4.38 in 22 games.

AA: Altoona (63-75) VS Richmond (74-65) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Aaron Pribanic (10-9 3.98)

Aaron will make his 27th start of the year tonight to wrap up his season. He has pitched a team high 147 innings and his 10 wins leads the team as well. In his last start he went 6 innings giving up just one run on a solo home run. In the month of August he is 3-0 2.53 in 5 starts. Aaron has walked just 28 batters on the season.

High-A: Bradenton (72-63 overall 42-23 2nd half) @ Charlotte (64-72 overall 34-33 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (10-8 3.33)

Nate will be making his team leading 25th start of the season tonight. He also leads the team with 143.1 innings pitched and 104 strikeouts. He has not allowed an earned run in his last 3 starts spanning 18 innings but due to very poor defense behind him the opposition has scored in all 3 games, totaling 8 runs while Baker was on the mound.

Low-A: West Virginia (66-69 overall 30-36 2nd half) @ Delmarva (55-82 overall 20-47 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (2-3 4.16)

The 2nd overall pick in the 2010 draft, Taillon will wrap up his season tonight in Delmarva. He will be making his 23rd start of the year tonight. He is coming off an impressive four inning start last Sunday in which he allowed 3 hits, no runs or walks and he struck out nine. On the year he has pitched 88.2 innings giving up 87 hits, walking 20 and striking out 94.

Short Season A: State College (30-43) @ Williamsport (42-32) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (4-3 3.93)

Matt will make his 15th start of the season tonight. He threw 5 shutout innings in his last start on Monday. In his last 4 starts he has allowed just one run over 20 innings. He has given up 13 hits, 2 walks and he has struck out 13 in those 4 starts. He is 2nd on the team in both innings pitched with 66.1 and strike outs with 36.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (34-26)

The GCL Pirates finished their season in 2nd place, 3 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 (41-30)

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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