Minor League Schedule: 5/4/12

Jameson Taillon gets the start tonight for Bradenton as they open up a four game series in Tampa. His 0.77 WHIP is the second lowest in all of the Florida State League and it is the best among all starters in the Pirates farm system. Both Indianapolis and Bradenton lost 3-2 yesterday in extra innings, playing a combined total of 29 innings. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Taillon looks to make his third straight scoreless appearance tonight

Triple-A: Indianapolis (14-12) @ Norfolk (10-16) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (2-3 3.00)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 2 Norfolk 3 in 13 innings (game story here)

Justin Wilson will be making his sixth start of the season tonight. He is coming off a 7.1 inning performance on 4/29 in which he allowed just two baserunners, both via walk, while striking out nine batters. Along with help from Jose Diaz and Doug Slaten, Indianapolis no-hit Durham that day. Wilson has already made four starts on the road this season. He has recorded 31 strikeouts this year in thirty innings. Left-handed batters are hitting just .056 against Wilson with 16 strikeouts.

Double-A: Altoona (10-15) VS Richmond (13-14) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Mike Colla (0-3 4.01)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 0 Erie 1

Mike Colla will make his sixth start of the season tonight. In 24.2 innings, he has given up 27 hits, allowed nine walks and struck out 22 batters. In his last start, Mike went a season high 5.2 innings, tying his season high from 12 days earlier with seven strikeouts. His second start of the season was on the road against today’s opponent, Richmond. He went five innings and took the loss, allowing six runs (four were earned) on nine hits and a walk.

High-A: Bradenton (12-15) @ Tampa (13-14) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (1-1 1.46)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 2 Charlotte 3 in 16 innings

Jameson Taillon will get his sixth start of the season tonight and it will be his fourth start on the road. After giving up two runs in 3.2 innings during his first start, he has allowed two runs over his last 21 innings. Jameson’s last start on 4/29 was the first time he pitched six innings in a professional game. He struck out four batters, breaking a string of four straight starts with six strikeouts to open the season. Taillon has not allowed a home run yet this season and he has walked just four batters. His 28 strikeouts are one behind Gerrit Cole for the team lead.

Low-A: West Virginia (10-17) @ Asheville (17-10) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Matt Benedict (1-1 1.67)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 8 Asheville 5

Matt Benedict will be making his sixth start of the season tonight. In his last start on 4/28, he allowed three runs on eight hits and three walks in 5.2 innings. In was just the second time this season he had allowed any earned runs in a game. Matt has yet to allow a home run. He has the lowest WHIP (1.30) and ERA among West Virginia’s starters.

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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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