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Minor League Schedule: 4/19/12

Jameson Taillon makes his third start of the season tonight.

Bradenton was off yesterday. They resume their schedule tonight with top prospect Jameson Taillon on the mound to make his third start of the season. West Virginia was rained out yesterday. They will make the game up as part of a doubleheader when the two teams meet again in early May. Indianapolis plays a morning game today. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Triple-A: Indianapolis (6-7) VS Columbus (8-6) 11:05am
Probable starter: Daniel McCutchen (1-0 1.00)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 4 Columbus 3 (game story here)

Daniel McCutchen will make his first start of the season this morning. He allowed an earned run in his 2012 debut, but since then he has thrown eight scoreless innings over four appearances. Daniel has struck out ten batters and walked two, while allowing seven base hits. The regularly scheduled starter for today’s game was Brad Lincoln, but he has been recalled to the Pirates to take the place of Jeff Karstens, who was placed on the 15 day DL with a shoulder injury.

Double-A: Altoona (5-7) VS Richmond (7-7) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (0-2 4.76)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 1 Harrisburg 7

Brandon Cumpton will be making his third start of the season tonight. This will be his second straight start again Richmond, the first coming just five days ago on the road. In his last start, he recovered from a poor first outing to go seven innings, allowing one run on four hits, a walk and he struck out four. In his first outing, he allowed five runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings.

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

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was off

Jameson Taillon will make his third start of the season tonight. In his last start on 4/13, he went five innings, allowing one run on three hits with no walks and six strikeouts. On 4/7 he allowed two runs in 3.2 innings and also struck out six. Last year, the 2010 first round draft pick made 23 starts for West Virginia, posting a record of 2-3 with a 3.98 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 92.2 innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (5-8) @ Charleston (9-3) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zac Fuesser (0-0 5.14)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was rained out

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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