Minor League Schedule: 5/25/12

Today’s schedule is highlighted by starts from Justin Wilson, the 14th ranked player in the Pirates system, and Tim Alderson, making his first start since a seven inning shutout appearance last week. West Virginia is playing a split-doubleheader today. One game will start in the morning, the other at night. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Wilson took the loss in his start against Louisville earlier this year

Triple-A: Indianapolis (26-20) VS Louisville (15-33) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (3-3 3.36)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 2 Louisville 1 in 15 innings

Justin Wilson will get his tenth start of the season tonight. He is the team leader with 45 strikeouts, ranking tenth overall in the International League. Justin has held batters to a .206 BAA, including .120 with 19 strikeouts from left-handed batters. In his last start, he went just 3.2 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. It was the first time he allowed two homers in a game this year and it broke a string of five straight starts without a home run allowed.

Double-A: Altoona (21-24) @ Bowie  (19-27) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Tim Alderson (3-1 1.93)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 5 Harrisburg 4

Tim Alderson will make his third start this season since switching over from the relief role. He made ten relief outings this year, including two with Indianapolis, before starting his first game on May 15th. He went five innings in his first start, allowing three runs on six hits. In his last start on 5/20, he pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits, no walks and he struck out three. Tim has a 1.46 groundout to fly out ratio on the year and batters are hitting .220 against him.

High-A: Bradenton (22-25) @ Jupiter (21-26) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (0-3 2.68)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 6 Lakeland 2 in 7 innings

Eliecer Navarro will make his third start of the season tonight. He has pitched ten times in relief this year as well. On the year, Eliecer has pitched a total of 37 innings, allowing 31 hits, eight walks and he has recorded 31 strikeouts. In his last start on 5/20, he allowed two runs on four hits in 4.2 innings. His previous start came on 5/1, when he gave up two runs on four hits in five innings. On the road this year, he has a 2.51 ERA in 14.1 innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (14-33) VS Kannapolis (19-27) 11:05am/7:05pm DH
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (2-3 2.94) and Mike Jefferson (2-3 5.79)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 5 Kannapolis 6

Matt Benedict will make his tenth start of the season this morning. He has pitched a total of 49 innings, allowing 49 hits, 13 walks and 31 strikeouts with no home runs allowed. In his last start on 5/20, Matt gave up one earned run on five hits in six innings. He took the loss in a start against Lexington on 5/15, giving up three runs in 5.2 innings with a season high of four walks. Mike Jefferson will get his fourth start of the year in the nightcap. He has also made seven relief appearances. Mike has pitched a total of 32.2 innings, allowing 36 hits, 19 walks and he has struck out 31 batters. His last start came on 5/2, when he gave up three runs on six hits in five innings with five strikeouts. Jefferson gave up one run on five hits in 3.1 innings against Lexington on 5/16.


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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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