Minor League Schedule: 8/4/12

Jameson Taillon gets the start tonight for Bradenton, coming off one of the best starts of his career, a seven inning shutout performance on Monday night. Justin Wilson goes for Indianapolis tonight. He ranks second in the International League, and first among all Pirates minor leaguers, in strikeouts. Four of the pitchers going tonight are coming off outings in which they gave up just one hit, the other starter is making his first start of the season. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Taillon has the third best WHIP(1.18) in the FSL

Triple-A: Indianapolis (70-44) @ Scranton-WB (61-51) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Justin Wilson (8-5 4.04)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 2 Scranton 0 (game story)

Justin Wilson will make his 23rd start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 113.2 innings, giving up 81 hits, 11 homers, 60 walks and he has 120 strikeouts. In his last start, Justin went five innings, allowing one hit, two runs, five walks and he struck out seven batters. It was his fifth outing this year in which he went at least five innings, with one or less hits allowed. He has a .198 BAA.

Double-A: Altoona (54-57) @ New Britain (60-52) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kris Johnson (0-0 2.25)

Yesterday’s Result: New Britain 5 Altoona 4

Kris Johnson will make his sixth start for Altoona tonight, and his ninth overall start. He has also pitched 19 times for Indianapolis(three as a starter) and five times in relief for the Curve. On the year, he has pitched a total of 68.1 innings, allowing 62 hits, nine homers, 33 walks and he has recorded 52 strikeouts. He has a 1.47 GO/AO ratio and a .239 BAA. In his last start on 6/29, Kris pitched one hit ball over five innings, allowing one run and five walks.

High-A: Bradenton (49-62 overall 20-21 2nd half) vs Palm Beach (53-57 overall 22-21 2nd half) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (5-7 4.09)

Yesterday’s Result: Palm Beach 7 Bradenton 6

Jameson Taillon will make his 21st start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 110 innings, giving up 96 hits, seven homers, 34 walks and he has 88 strikeouts, with a 1.01 GO/AO ratio and a .231 BAA. In his last start, Jameson threw seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit, while walking three and striking out four batters. At home this year, he has a 3-1 2.33 record in eight starts, striking out 30 batters in 46.1 innings. Left-handed batters are hitting just .193 against him.

Low-A: West Virginia (46-66 overall 23-19 2nd half) vs Lakewood (48-63 overall 22-20 2nd half) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Porfirio Lopez (1-2 8.31)

Yesterday’s Result:  West Virginia 2 Lakewood 0

Porfirio Lopez will make his first start of the season tonight. He has pitched 12 times for Bradenton this year and nine times for WV, all in relief. Lopez has pitched a total of 45.2 innings, giving up 41 hits, three homers, 21 walks and he has 36 strikeouts. He is a flyball pitcher, with a 0.52 GO/AO ratio. His GO/AO ratio has gone down every year from a high of 1.88, while he was in the DSL. Lopez has made 28 starts in his career, the last six as a member of WV last season.

Short Season A: State College (24-21) vs Aberdeen (17-27) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Adrian Sampson (0-0 3.48)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 1 Hudson Valley 0

Adrian Sampson will be making his fifth start, and seventh overall appearance of the year. He has pitched a total of 20.2 innings, allowing 19 hits, one homer, six walks and he has struck out 21 batters. Adrian has a 3.45 ERA as a starter, with a .224 BAA. In his last start, he threw five shutout innings, giving up just one hit and one walk.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (22-19) vs GCL Blue Jays (15-26) 10:00am

Yesterday’s Result: Blue Jays 7 Pirates 3

DSL: Pirates1 (33-20) vs Mets2 (32-21) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 8 Mets 5

DSL: Pirates2 (23-29) vs DBacks/Reds (11-42) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 3 DBacks/Reds 1

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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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