Minor League Schedule: 4/15/12

Yesterday’s Indianapolis game was postponed due to rain. They will play a doubleheader today. Nick Kingham makes his third start of the season today as he tries to bounce back from two very poor outings. Hunter Strickland gets his second start after missing 22 months. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Rudy Owens allowed three homers in his first start

Triple-A: Indianapolis (4-4) VS Toledo (4-4) 12:35pm
Probable starter: Jo-Jo Reyes(0-0 54.00) and Rudy Owens(0-0 7.20)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis  Toledo POSTPONED

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. Rudy Owens will start the other game today. It will be his second start of the season. On 4/10 against Columbus, he went five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, three were homers. Rudy walked none and struck out four. He spent all of last season at Indianapolis, where he went 9-7 5.05 in 21 starts.

Double-A: Altoona (4-4) @ Richmond (5-5) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Aaron Pribanic(0-1 2.70)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 0 Richmond 1

Aaron Pribanic will be making his second start of the season today. He went 3.1 innings in his first start, allowing three runs(one earned) on four hits and six walks while striking out four. Aaron spent all of last season at Altoona, where he went 10-9 3.38 in 153 innings. Despite his six walks in his first start, Pribanic has never walked more than 33 batters in a season and he issued just 28 free passes all of last season.

High-A: Bradenton (3-6) VS Palm Beach (4-5) 5:00pm
Probable starter: Hunter Strickland(1-0 3.60)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 7 Fort Myers 8

Hunter Strickland will be making his second start of the season tonight. He went five innings during his first outing on 4/10 against Palm Beach, allowing two runs on five hits with no walks and two strikeouts. That was his first outing since June of 2010. For more on Strickland’s return to the mound, check out our feature story on him from this Thursday.

Low-A: West Virginia (4-6) VS Greenville (4-6) 2:05pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham(0-0 27.00)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 6 Greenville 3

Nick Kingham will be making his third start of the season today. In each of his first two starts, he failed to make it out of the second inning. On 4/5 he gave up five earned runs while recording just five outs and five days later, he allowed four earned runs while getting just four outs. Nick has given up ten hits and four walks in three innings. He was a 4th round draft pick in 2010 and pitched all of last season with State College, where he went 6-2 2.15 in 15 starts. In 71 innings he recorded 47 strikeouts.

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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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