Minor League Schedule: 5/7/12

Altoona is off today. They resume their schedule at home on Tuesday night, playing a two game series before starting a seven game road trip on Thursday. Trent Stevenson, the seventh round draft pick in 2009, announced his retirement yesterday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Dodson looks to bounce back from a rough start last Thursday

Triple-A: Indianapolis (16-13) VS Lehigh Valley (17-12) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jo-Jo Reyes (4-0 2.86)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 4 Louisville 2 (game story here)

Jo-Jo Reyes will make his fifth start of the season tonight, he has also made one relief appearance.  In all four of his starts this year, he has gone at least five innings and allowed two runs or less. Reyes has won all four of his starts. In 22 total innings he has given up 25 hits, six walks, two home runs and has struck out 15 batters. Left-handed batters are hitting .167 against him.

Double-A: Altoona (13-16) VS Bowie (12-18) 6:30pm 5/8
Probable starter: Kris Johnson (0-0 0.66)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 4 Richmond 1

Altoona is off today. They are in fifth place in their division, seven games back of first place Akron.

High-A: Bradenton (14-16) @ Tampa (14-16) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (2-1 4.91)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 7 Tampa 6  in 18 innings (Gerrit Cole live report)

Tyler Waldron will make his fifth start of the season tonight. He also made two relief appearances earlier in the year. Tyler has pitched a total of 25.2 innings this year, allowing 31 hits, seven walks and he has struck out 18 batters. In his last start on 5/2 against Charlotte, he went six innings, giving up one run on four hits, with a walk and four strikeouts. It was his second straight appearance against Charlotte.

Low-A: West Virginia (11-19) @ Greensboro (21-8) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (1-2 6.17)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 4 Greensboro 5 in 10 innings

Zack Dodson will make his sixth start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 23.1 innings this year, giving up 32 hits, eight walks and he has struck out 22 batters, tied with Zac Fuesser for the highest total on the team. This will be his fourth road start of the year. He is 0-2 7.07 in the previous three outings. In his last start on 5/2, he went 3.1 innings, allowing six runs on ten hits.

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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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