Minor League Schedule: 6/27/12

Bradenton plays a morning game today, with Jameson Taillon finally get his turn on the mound. Indianapolis plays an early afternoon game today. They currently sit in first place in their division, 8.5 games ahead of second place Columbus. The GCL Pirates had a doubleheader wiped out due to rain yesterday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Taillon has the 9th best WHIP(1.17) in the FSL

Triple-A: Indianapolis (47-31) VS Toledo (32-46) 1:05pm
Probable starterJustin Wilson (5-4 3.46)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 3 Toledo 4 (Game story here)

Justin Wilson will make his 16th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 80.2 innings, allowing just 57 hits, with seven homers, 39 walks and 81 strikeouts. In his last start, Justin allowed one hit over six innings of work. It was the second straight game that he went 6IP with one hit allowed and his third start with one hit or less, which includes his 7.1 no hit innings on 4/29, but does not include his 3 IP, one hit outing on 5/14, that he left early. Wilson is holding batters to a .196 average, with lefties hitting just .146 against him. He ranks sixth in the International League in strikeouts.

Double-A: Altoona (34-40) @ Harrisburg (39-37) 12:00pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (1-1 4.91)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 3 Harrisburg 8

Kyle will make his third start of the season tonight. He missed the beginning of the year with shoulder soreness. In his first start he went five innings, allowing one run on four hits, one walk and he struck out five batters. In his second start he went six innings, but was hit hard. He allowed five earned runs on seven hits and a walk. Kyle split last season between Altoona and Bradenton, pitching a total of 161 innings, giving up 137 hits, 11 homers, 27 walks and he recorded 142 strikeouts.

High-A: Bradenton (31-43 overall 3-2 2nd half) @ Dunedin (43-30 overall 1-5 2nd half) 11:00am
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (4-6 4.10)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 3 Dunedin 12

Jameson Taillon will get the start today for Bradenton. He has made 14 starts, pitching a total of 74.2 innings, surrendering 67 hits and four homers while walking 20 and striking out 67 batters. In his last start, Jameson threw seven shutout innings, giving up just one hit. He has an 0.93 ERA at home, 6.11 on the road. He has not pitched in eight days.

Low-A: West Virginia (26-50 overall 3-3 2nd half) @ Lakewood ( 29-46 overall 3-3 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starterRobby Rowland (3-1 2.81)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 9 Lakewood 5 (game story)

Robby Rowland will make his seventh start of the season tonight. He also made a relief appearance at the start of the year. In 32 total innings, he’s surrendered 31 hits, no home runs, eight walks and he has 16 strikeouts. Robby has a .248 BAA and a 1.82 GO/AO ratio. In his last start, he allowed one run on two hits and two walks in six innings. He faced Lakewood on 5/29, giving up two runs on four hits and no walks. He has a 2.81 ERA (5ER/16 IP), both at home and on the road.

Short Season A: State College (6-3) @ Batavia (4-5) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Clay Holmes (1-0 0.00)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 1 Batavia 3 (game story)

Clay Holmes will make his second pro start tonight. In his minor league debut on 6/22, he threw five shutout innings, giving up three hits and one walk, with five strikeouts. He was taken in the ninth round of the 2011 draft, signing for a draft record for that round of $1.2mil. Clay signed too late to pitch last year and spent the start of this season in Extended Spring Training.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (4-2) VS GCL Yankees (7-1) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates were rained out

DSL: Pirates1 (12-9) VS Rangers (11-10) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 6 Rangers 8

DSL: Pirates2 (9-12) VS Giants (14-7) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 4 Giants 5

John Dreker

Author: 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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