Minor League Schedule: 4/14/12

Minor League Schedule: 4/14/12
John Dreker

The top prospect in the Pirates system gets his second start of the season tonight. Gerrit Cole struck out seven batters in four innings during his first professional start on Monday night. All four minor league teams won on the same night for the first time last night. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Cole looks to build on a strong first start

Triple-A: Indianapolis (4-4) VS Toledo (4-4) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jo-Jo Reyes(0-0 54.00)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 3 Toledo 2

Jo-Jo Reyes will get his first start as a member of the Pirates organization. The 27 year old lefty, with five years of major league experience, spent last season with the Orioles and Blue Jays, combining for a 7-11 5.57 record in 140.2 innings. He signed with the Pirates as a free agent in January. During Spring Training, Reyes pitched four games, allowing 16 hits, 12 runs and six walks in seven innings. He made his only appearance of 2012 on 4/9 when he faced three batters, retiring one, allowing one hit and one walk, both runners scored.

Double-A: Altoona (4-3) @ Richmond (4-5) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton(0-1 10.38)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 6 Richmond 0

Brandon Cumpton will be making his second start of the season tonight. In his first start on 4/7 against Erie, he allowed five runs in 4.1 innings, giving up seven hits and one walk while striking out two. Cumpton pitched last season for West Virginia and Bradenton, posting a record of 10-7 3.98 in 133.1 innings with 90 strikeouts. Brandon was a ninth round draft pick of the Pirates in 2010.

High-A: Bradenton (3-5) @ Fort Myers (4-4) 6:05pm
Probable starter: Gerrit Cole (0-0 2.25)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 3 Fort Myers 2 (10 innings)

Top prospect Gerrit Cole will be making the second start of his professional career. In his first start on 4/9 against Palm Beach, he went four innings, allowing one run on four hits and one walk while striking out seven batters. He was the 1st overall draft pick in last year’s amateur draft. Cole pitched in the Arizona Fall League last Fall, and he started the league’s all-star game. He had a 3.00 ERA in five starts in the AFL, striking out 16 batters in 15 innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (3-6) VS Greenville (4-5) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (0-1 9.64)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 3 Greenville 2

Zack Dodson will be making his second start of the season tonight. In his first start on 4/9 against Asheville, he pitched 4.2 innings, allowing seven runs(five earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out three. Last season he made twenty starts, split between three different levels. He went 6-6 3.10, striking out 66 hitters in 93 innings. Dodson was a fourth round draft pick of the Pirates in 2009. He is ranked 21st overall in the Pirates farm system in the Pirates Prospects 2012 Prospect Guide.

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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