Minor League Schedule: 4/18/12

Bradenton is off today. When they resume play on Thursday, Jameson Taillon will be on the mound. Indianapolis and West Virginia each play early games today. All four affiliates lost last night. All three pitchers going today are left-handed pitchers. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Locke looks to lower his 7.00 ERA this afternoon

Triple-A: Indianapolis (5-7) VS Columbus (8-5) 1:05pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (0-1 7.00)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 1 Columbus 5

Jeff Locke will be making his third start of the season this afternoon.  In his last start on 4/12, he faced today’s opponent, Columbus, on the road and allowed five earned runs in five innings. It was the second game in a row he allowed eight base hits. Locke has yet to walk a batter this season in nine total innings and he has recorded seven strikeouts.

Double-A: Altoona (5-5) @ Harrisburg (7-5) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Nate Baker (2-0 0.82)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 0 Harrisburg 4

Nate Baker will take the mound tonight for the third time this season. In his last outing on 4/13, he threw six shutout innings against Richmond. In 11 innings this year, he has allowed just four base hits. Left-handed batters have yet to get a hit off him this year. Nate has walked five batters so far and struck out six, with five coming during his first start.

High-A: Bradenton (5-7) @ Ft Myers(6-6) 7:05pm 4/19
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (0-1 3.12)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 6 Palm Beach 9

Bradenton is off today

Low-A: West Virginia (5-8) VS Asheville (9-4) 11:05am

Probable starter: Zac Fuesser (0-0 5.14)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 7 Asheville 12

Zac Fuesser will get his third start of the season this morning. In his last start on 4/13, he allowed two runs(one earned) on two hits and five walks in four innings. In seven innings this season, he has given up just four hits, but walked nine batters. Zac cut his walk rate nearly in half last season while with West Virginia, down two walks per nine innings from the previous year with State College.

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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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