Minor League Schedule: 5/2/12

West Virginia was off yesterday. They resume their schedule today, playing a doubleheader in Asheville with two top twenty prospects on the mound, Zack Dodson and Nick Kingham. Both games will be seven inning contests. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Dodson looks to rebound from a poor outing against Asheville last month

Triple-A: Indianapolis (13-11) @ Norfolk (9-15) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Jo-Jo Reyes (3-0 3.18)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 6 Norfolk 4 (game story here)

Jo-Jo Reyes will be making his fourth start of the season tonight, he has also made one relief appearance. He has won all three on his starts, allowing just four runs and three walks in the starter role. In his last game on 4/26, he gave up two runs in six innings, allowing five hits, one walk and he struck out two batters. Left-handed batters are hitting just .167 against the lefty Reyes.

Double-A: Altoona (9-14) @ Erie (10-13) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Matt McSwain (1-0 5.14)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 7 Erie 3

Matt McSwain will get his second start of the season tonight, he has also made six relief appearances. In his only start so far, which came on 4/27, Matt allowed one run in five innings on three hits and five walks. Five of the eight runs Matt has allowed this season, came during a relief outing on 4/20, when he gave up eight hits in 1.1 innings of work. He has been in the Pirates minor league system since 2006.

High-A: Bradenton (11-14) VS Charlotte (12-13) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (2-1 5.95)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 1 Charlotte 4

Tyler Waldron will be making his fourth start of the season tonight, he has also made two relief appearances. In his last start on 4/27, which was against today’s opponent, Tyler went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts. He was coming off an outing five days earlier in which he gave up seven runs in just two innings. Waldron has allowed 27 hits in 19.2 innings, with 18 of those hits coming from left-handed batters.

Low-A: West Virginia (8-16) @ Asheville (16-8) 5:35pm DH
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (1-1 4.50) and Nick Kingham (0-1 8.59)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was off

Zack Dodson will be making his fifth start of the season tonight. In 20 innings this year, he has allowed 22 hits, eight walks and he has struck out 18 batters. On 4/20, he went six innings without allowing an earned run, while striking out a season high, eight hitters. In his first start of the season, Zack faced today’s opponent and gave up seven runs(five earned) in 4.2 innings. In the other game, Nick Kingham will get his sixth start of the season tonight, the first Pirates minor leaguer to reach that mark. His last start on 4/27 was his longest outing of the season, five innings against Savannah, with three runs allowed. Nick has pitched a total of 14.2 innings this year, giving up 22 hits, eight walks, a .361 BAA and he has struck out 11 batters.

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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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